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Union Pacific Bridge Replacement Process Begins with Temporary Lights

The two year process begins with some measures to improve traffic flow in the area until the new bridge is designed and constructed.

, Union Pacific and the Illinois Department of Transportation, a temporary traffic signal will be installed at West Lake Ave. and Shermer Rd. later this week, signaling the start of a two year process to rebuild the bridge over Shermer Rd., according to a Village of Glenview press release.

The temporaray signal is designed to improve traffic flow in the area, which was disrupted after the July 4 train derailment and bridge collapse that killed two people driving underneath. The temporary signal will remain in place for about two months.

Installing the signal should take about a weekGlenview Announcements reports.

The signal will be removed when a temporary connection to Patriot Blvd. via Old Willow Rd. is built to improve traffic flow from businesses south of the closed bridge. This connection will remain in place until a new bridge is build, which could take 18 to 24 months.

Attorneys for all parties listed in the Memorandum of Understanding are still working on an Intergovernmental Agreement that will formalize the terms set forth in the memo.

See Also: Patch coverage of the Memorandum of Understanding.

Orly October 09, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Since Shermer Road will be closed for 2 more years, I have a suggestion to help alleviate traffic backups on Southbound Shermer for left turns onto Willow Road. Why not make the middle lane an optional left turn / go straight lane? Traffic backs up there with long lines to make that left turn onto Willow. I have waited there for more than one light change to turn. There's a lot of traffic from Glenbrook North, and UPS, as well as drivers who are using Willow more since Techny is under construction. We need help at this intersection!!

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