Metra Tunnel Project

News and Updates
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Rendering of the new tunnel in Downtown Lombard.

 

This site contains the latest updates from Metra, Union Pacific Railroad and John Burns Construction regarding the Lombard Metra Underpass and Station Improvements Project. If you have any further questions, please email questions@villageoflombard.org.




CONSTRUCTION UPDATES


Metra Underpass Project Reaches Completion
July 31, 2015
The Village of Lombard has been notified that all work on the Metra Underpass Project (with the exception of punch list items) will be completed by John Burns by Saturday, August 1 at 7:00 a.m. 

At this time, Parkside between Park and Main will be restored to 2 way traffic.  On Monday afternoon, McGuire Drive between Main St. and Elizabeth St. will be reopened to traffic. One way traffic on Park Ave. between  St. Charles and McGuire Drive will remain in effect as the Village implements a traffic study  to determine whether or not to keep one way traffic permanent, or to reinstate two way traffic standard to the street prior to construction.  This study will be conducted over the next month.    

Union Pacific Railroad personnel will continue to reconstruct the west platform.  This  work will continue through September 1st. Upon completion of the platform work new guard rails and hand rails matching the newly installed rails will be installed along the west end  of the platform. As of August 15th  all handicapped stalls will be full accessibility all parking stalls will be back in operation.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place after all work is complete including the west platform rehabilitation project being conducted by Union Pacific. The Village of Lombard thanks residents, commuters and Downtown businesses for their continued patience throughout the duration of this major project.

For more information please contact Public Works Director Carl Goldsmith at (630)620-5766.


Metra Pedestrian Tunnel Open and Pay Boxes Up and Running

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Pedestrian Tunnel is officially open for foot traffic and the at-grade crossing is closed. Anyone wishing to walk between the north and south side of the train tracks can enjoy safe passage through the new tunnel. While the project has reached substantial completion, the ramps are scheduled to be completed in July of 2015, and the entire project is scheduled for completion by August 2015. 

The new electronic commuter parking pay boxes launched on Wednesday, June 3rd.
Please remember your parking space number, as you will need to enter it when paying. Village employees and Parking Solutions representatives will be on site to help assist users. We are aiming to provide a swift and efficient launch of the new pay boxes, but we encourage commuters to allow for extra time while becoming oriented with the new system.


Pay by phone and online options are also available for commuters at passportparking.com and using the Passport Parking App for smart phones.  Please allow extra time on Wednesday for orientation to the new electronic commuter pay boxes. Please note that procedures and parking spaces allocated for monthly permit parking will not be impacted by the introduction of the electronic pay boxes.    


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Village Hosts Commuter Appreciation Day
During the early morning hours of Monday, June 1, the Village of Lombard hosted their second Commuter Appreciation Day. The first marked the beginning of the project one year ago. This time, Lombard and Metra employees and Officials were handing out flyers, in preparation for the opening of the pedestrian tunnel. The Village handed out flyers informing commuters of the upcoming changes, and gave away free coffee, donuts, muffins and fruit. 

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Metra Underpass Update May 29, 2015

   
Underpass Opening and At-Grade Crossing Closing on Wednesday

The opening of the pedestrian tunnel to foot traffic and removal of the at-grade pedestrian crossing by Metra is currently scheduled for Wednesday, June 3.   At the time the at-grade crossing is removed, all pedestrians will be required to use the tunnel for crossing.   Please allow extra time to maneuver the new routing and to cross the tracks using stairways and the pedestrian tunnel, as needed.   

Metra will continue work on the platform even after the pedestrian tunnel is open to foot traffic.  ADA access will not be restored with accessible ramps until July.   
       

Electronic Pay Boxes Open Monday
Please be reminded that electronic pay boxes for daily commuter parking will be open on Monday, June 1 on the south side of the tracks near the ramps and on the west side of the Hammerschmidt parking lot.   A third pay box on the north side of the tracks will open the week of June 8.    Manual pay boxes will be removed.  Pay by phone and online options are also available for commuters at www.passportparking.com and using the Passport Parking App for smart phones.  Please allow extra time for orientation to the new electronic commuter pay boxes.  Please note that the introduction of the electronic pay boxes and renumbering of parking spaces will have no impact on the locations of monthly permit parking spaces.    


Please view full information on the project update, including a site map, an FAQ and information on the new electronic pay boxes here.   

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NOTE: Handicap parking stalls will be kept open during portions of construction activity, but the Lombard Metra station will become largely inaccessible to handicap users. Handicap riders should contact David Rubino of Metra to coordinate alternative plans during construction. Rubino is available at (312) 322-4265 or drubino@metrarr.com.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during the construction period. For more information on the project, go to www.villageoflombard.org/metraproject. Please forward this email to others who may want to sign up to receive updates about the Lombard Metra Project. They can either email communication@villageoflombard.org with a request to be added to the listserv or go to www.villageoflombard.org/metraemail and enter their email address.




 
Metra Underpass Update May 8, 2015
Metra has announced that the new substantial completion date for the Metra underpass tunnel is scheduled for June 1. At that time, the pedestrian tunnel will be open for use and the at grade crossing on the tracks will be closed. 

The contractor crews have been working overtime to help make up for lost time due to a deep ground freeze following the second coldest February in Chicago's history. 

Crews will be working on setting a catch basin in the roadway on Michael McGuire Drive on Saturday, May 9. During this time, the intersection of St. Charles and Park will be closed while work is being performed. The closure is expected to last 3 - 5 hours. Please contact Public Works with questions at (630) 620-5740

Below are four photos from the pedestrian tunnel construction site taken today, Friday, May 8. 

 

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Metra Underpass Update: April 2015
Due to extreme winter weather and unforeseen circumstances, the original projected date of completion was delayed to late May. Metra has extended the work hours of their contractors to include construction on the weekends to help make up for lost time. 

The anticipated substantial completion for this project is scheduled for early May. Upon substantial completion, the pedestrian tunnel will be open and the at-grade crossing on the train platform will be closed to pedestrians. The platforms from Main Street to the old grade crossing will be restored, and at this time the new daily fee pay stations will be installed. 

Additional work by Union Pacific along the ends of the train platforms will complete the project. This final phase of construction should have limited inconvenience on Metra customers. 
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NOTE: Handicap parking stalls will be kept open during portions of construction activity, but the Lombard Metra station will become largely inaccessible to handicap users. Handicap riders should contact David Rubino of Metra to coordinate alternative plans during construction. Rubino is available at (312) 322-4265 or drubino@metrarr.com.

For more updates on the Metra Underpass Project, go to www.villageoflombard.org/metraproject. The site will be continuously updated throughout the duration of the project.

The Village has also created an email notification listserv for updates specifically related to the Metra project. To sign up, go to www.villageoflombard.org/metraemail or email with the subject line “Please add to Metra email listserv.”



Project Background
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Rendering of the North Side of the tunnel.
The Village coordinated with Metra and Union Pacific for the construction of a pedestrian underpass to serve the commuters, residents, businesses and visitors of Lombard. The tunnel will be constructed just east of Park Avenue and will provide a vital link between downtown Lombard and historical, cultural and recreational amenities. 

As part of the project, UP and Metra will be installing new ADA compliant ramps and stairs to the platform and tunnel, as well as improving the amenities offered to commuters. One of the most significant improvements is the construction of roof canopies over the platform areas on both the north and south platforms. This project will also result in the elimination of at-grade track crossing for commuters.

Cost Breakdown of Project
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The awarded contract for the Underpass Project is $7,845,100. The Village is contributing $294,000 toward the project to cover the costs associated with the upgraded aesthetics.

The improvements being funded by the Village include, upgraded finishes and treatments in the exterior and interior of the tunnel; including stone pilasters, bronze medallions featuring the Village logo, upgraded ceiling material and lighting, concrete knee wall and colored concrete finish on the floor of the tunnel. Additionally, the upgrades include the installation of conduit and wiring for the placement of additional cameras for security.

Construction Information
Throughout the construction of the Underpass Project train conductors will be required to adhere to the the Federal Train Horn Rule (49 CFR Part 222), which may result in the blowing of the horns throughout the work zone. Trains moving throughout DuPage County are generally exempt from the train horn requirements, due to the establishment of a quiet zone; however Federal law requires horn blowing to protect the safety of workers and commuters in the work zone.