PURPOSE & NEED
There are approximately 18,600 vehicles, 259 CTA buses (#62), and 32 freight trains that pass through the intersection of Archer Avenue at Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC) on a daily basis. This busy at-grade crossing, where a railway line crosses a road at the same level, causes continuous delays, congestion, and disrupts the flow of traffic for motorists and pedestrians. To a greater effect, this railroad crossing is a designated 911 crossing, meaning it’s access for emergency responders is critical to the surrounding communities.
The goal of the Archer Avenue and BRC Grade Separation Study is to alleviate the various challenges that stakeholders in the surrounding communities face by removing the grade crossing at this intersection and building an overpass or underpass to separate train from vehicle and pedestrian traffic.