Welcome to the US Route 34 Bridge
This project is located in the City of
Aurora, 1.5 miles west of Illinois Route 59, where Ogden
Avenue crosses the EJ&E/CN Railroad, at-grade. EJ&E railroad
was acquired by the CN Railroad according to the 12/2008
ruling by the US Department of Transportation’s Surface
Transportation Board (STB). CN Railroad acquired EJ&E to
improve rail operations in the Chicagoland area. The
acquisition will result in an increase in the number of
trains throughout the corridor. The STB stipulated the need
for construction of a grade separation structure at this
location to mitigate impacts caused by the increased
The project is needed to reduce traffic delays and to
support efficient response by emergency service providers.
It will address traffic delays and safety concerns due to
trains crossing Ogden Avenue at-grade. The project is
tentatively scheduled for letting in late fall of 2013
subject to plan readiness, land acquisition and funding
availability through our Annual Legislative Appropriations.
A highway overpass structure is proposed to
span over the existing and proposed additional second track.
The overpass bridge length will be configured to add a third
track for Metra’s STAR Line. The proposed bridge structure
will be approx. 253 feet long and 97 feet wide.
This site has been created to provide one location where the
public can get details about the US Route 34 project scope
and the construction staging and schedule. The information
is intended to help you understand what we will be doing and
when the work is anticipated to take place.
As the Department works to make this section
of roadway safer for the future, we want to make sure users,
residents and local business owners have up to date
information on the progress of the project. If you have any
questions about the project that have not been answered with
the information on this site please use the “Contact Us”
section and a response will be sent to you.
WORK ZONE SAFETY
Did you know work zone fatalities are down 29.6
percent compared to 2003? Aggressive law enforcement and awareness
campaigns and significant improvements to work zone safety traffic
control reduced Illinois work zone fatalities from 44 in 2003,
including 5 workers, to provisionally 30 with 3 workers killed in
So, Give ‘em a brake…slow down for their sake and yours!
IDOT appreciates your patience and understanding as
we work to improve the roadways in your community.
IDOT CONSTRUCTION ZONES
provides up to date information on all current active construction
contracts, including those funded through the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act of 2009, after contract execution.
IDOT DBE PROGRAM
If you are a small business and are interested in
work on road construction projects with IDOT,
click here for
information on IDOT’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.
If you have a specific project-related
question, please submit your question by visiting IDOT’s website
http://www.dot.il.gov/contact.html and complete the email form
to receive a prompt response.