Groundbreaking Today on Englewood Flyover Rail Project

The South Side of Chicago is home to a new rail project aimed at reducing commercial and passenger rail congestion in the Midwest.

There’s nothing like a big, sexy groundbreaking to draw a room full of politicians, and quite a gathering of pols is set for Monday here in Chicago.

Work on the $126-million Englewood Flyover — a crucial rail decongestion project — is officially beginning then, and the list of dignitaries set to attend is long.

Included, according to a press advisory: U.S. Transportation Seretary Ray LaHood, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush and Dan Lipinski (both Chicago Democrats), and Mayor Rahm Emanuel….

The money will go to build what really is a huge bridge in Englewood near South State Street at 64th Street, where Metra, Amtrak and freight tracks all meet on one level, leading to what sometimes are very long delays as 130 trains a day try pass each other.

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