Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Three land parcels will get varied rates of rent support over the next 18 to 24 months, until a new Union Pacific bridge is built.
The Wil-Sher Shopping Plaza, the Mobile gas station and McGovern's Public House will have access to a $360,000 escrow account designed to offer rent support in the aftermath of last summer's fatal train derailment and bridge collapse that blocked Shermer Rd. traffic. According to Don Owen, Glenview deputy village manager, Wil-Sher businesses will see half their rent paid, along with 15 percent of the Mobile gas station's rent and 11 percent of McGovern's rent. "We put [the funds] where we thought it was most necessary," Owen said. "[The businesses] will continue to be affected because it will take 18 to 24 months to complete the new bridge." Owen said the village will also perform ongoing reviews of Mobile's financial records to determine…
Monday, November 26, 2012
Businesses affected by the fatal train derailment last summer will get financial help from the village until a replacement bridge is rebuilt.
Village of Glenview trustees have agreed to fund a $360,000 escrow account that will help several businesses near Shermer and Willow roads pay rent until a new Union Pacific bridge is built in 18 to 20 months, the Glenview Announcements reports. After the Union Pacific bridge collapsed in July, killing two drivers and blocking Shermer Rd. at the Northbrook-Glenview border, nearby businesses have seen sales cut by almost 50 percent because of the traffic obstruction. “This was a rare and unusual tragedy that impacted those businesses," Don Owen, Glenview deputy village manager, told Glenview Announcements. "The village felt it was important and necessary to keep them operating up to the next two years.” It will take almost two years to …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
The two year process begins with some measures to improve traffic flow in the area until the new bridge is designed and constructed.
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding, agreed upon between the Glenview and Northbrook village boards, 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 week, Glenview Announcements reports. The signal will be …
Monday, August 27, 2012
A public meeting of the Glenview and Northbrook Village Boards Aug. 28 is scheduled to review a bridge design estimated to cost $10 million.
The following information was released by the Village of Glenview. The Glenview and Northbrook Village Boards of Trustees have scheduled a public joint meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, to review a Memorandum of Understanding with Union Pacific Railroad and the Illinois Department of Transportation for a permanent bridge over Shermer Road to replace the viaduct that collapsed July 4. The meeting is scheduled to take place at Glenview Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan Road, in the Board Room. It can be viewed live on GVTV (cable channel 6 or 17), AT&T U-verse channel 99 PEG and streamed live on our website. It will also air on Northbrook Channel 17. Key terms of the agreement up for discussion: "Like" Northbrook or Glenview Patch to …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Union Pacific has been providing village officials with weekly safety reports which are available online.
Since the July 4 train derailment that killed a Glenview couple, Northbrook and Glenview officials have seen unprecedented transparency from Union Pacific as they design a new bridge over Shermer Road. "UP is basically giving us options for what kind of a bridge would be replaced their, but the villages are going to have no direct involvement in terms of the engineering of the bridge," said Todd Hileman, Glenview's village manager. "What we’re being asked to do is provide input on what type of bridge and the length of the bridge that we want in there.” As freight keeps moving over a temporary, stone bridge at the Northbrook-Glenview border, UP has been providing village officials with inspection reports in the area, which the villages have…
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
As the investigation into the July 4 train derailment and subsequent bridge collapse that killed a Glenview couple continues, Union Pacific officials change their initial statement regarding rail inspections.
Three weeks after the train derailment and bridge collapse that killed Glenview couple Burton and Zorine Lindner, details from a home video may provide clues regarding Union Pacific’s actions before the accident, FOX news reports. (Watch the video here). For a look at ongoing developments and links to Patch's coverage of the derailment/bridge collapse and investigation thus far, click here. According to a Tribune report, there have been several discrepancies with Union Pacific’s timeline account of rail inspections leading up the incident. This includes retraction of a statement from railroad officials that the tracks had been checked for heat-related expansion just hours before the derailment and bridge collapse. Listen: 911 calls …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
The railroad industry has experienced at least four derailments in the last few weeks, according to an FRA release. The July 4 derailment on the Northbrook-Glenview border killed a Glenview couple.
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Sunday, July 22, 2012
In the weeks since the July 4 train derailment and bridge collapse that killed a Glenview couple, many locals have wondered what the process is for ensuring the safety of a new bridge and investigating the cause of the derailment. This is of particular concern given that the same bridge also collapsed as a result of a derailment in the 1970s. Patch talked to the agencies involved to chart out the process. Union Pacific has authority to replace bridge Since the July 4 bridge collapse, Union Pacific has made clear its intention to replace the viaduct and says there was nothing structurally wrong with the bridge prior to the derailment. Under existing laws, the FRA does not have the authority to deny the rebuilding of a rail bridge. …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Federal law forbids rail employees from using electronic devices while on duty.
On July 4, a Union Pacific signal maintainer noticed something unusual in the rails that runs freight through Glenview and Northbrook. The rail worker reported his sighting to a track inspector, who arrived at the scene about the same time as the train derailment that killed two Glenview residents was happening. According to Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis, despite the result of that day’s derailment, the signal maintainer acted appropriately and did just about everything he was trained to. As part of their training, UP employees are instructed to report potential threats to rail safety officers, whether or not the observed threat falls within the employee’s area of expertise, Davis explained. Read Patch's complete coverage of the train…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Union Pacific officials addressed public concerns during Monday night's meeting with Glenview and Northbrook residents.
A signal maintainer at the scene of the July 4 train derailment witnessed a rail abnormality before the accident and called for a Union Pacific inspector, who arrived "about simultaneously" as the bridge collapsed, said David Connell, vice president of engineering for Union Pacific. The decision to cease freight traffic along the bridge could have been minutes away. However that was too late. The train derailed and the bridge collapsed, killing two people in a car below. Read Patch's full coverage of the train derailment and bridge collapse here. Ten Union Pacific officials, along with representatives from the Federal Railroad Administration, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Commerce Commission spoke to a crowd of…
Monday, July 16, 2012
Representatives from the railroad company will discuss the circumstances of the July 4 train derailment and bridge collapse on Shermer Rd. that killed two Glenview residents.
At the request of Northbrook and Glenview officials, representatives from Union Pacific will appear at a community meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Glenbrook North Sheely Center for the Performing Arts. Officials are expected to discuss the safety history of the collapsed viaduct — the site of two prior derailments — construction plans for the replacement viaduct and information for those looking to file claims with Union Pacific. Read Patch's full coverage of the train derailment and bridge collapse here. Representatives from the Federal Railroad Administration, Illinois Commerce Commission and Illinois Department of Transportation are also scheduled to attend the meeting. Community members at the meeting will have an opportunity to ask …