By Nolan Miles
P3 Kentucky Staff Writer
One of the most complicated segments of railroad in the nation is about to get a facelift as a result of public and private sectors coming together to form a new partnership. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao recently announced $132 million in funding has been awarded to Illinois for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project.
“The 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project is a prime example of how multiple partners working across industry and government can achieve big results for taxpayers,” said Illinois Gov. Rauner. “We are proud of the teamwork that is making this project possible, but even prouder of the positive impact it will have not just for Chicago and Illinois, but for the entire country.”
The project, estimated to cost $474 million, is being funding by public and private funds, including the $132M INFRA grant. Both rail commuters and freight lines will benefit from the improvements. Over 30 metro lines, 10 Amtrak lines and a quarter of the countries freight rail either originates or travels through the 75th Street Corridor. The partnership will increase capacity while improving safety features, addressing environmental concerns and increasing economic value for the state and nation.
The 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project is one of 26 projects to receive the INFRA grant, including a Northern Kentucky public-private partnership to improve the I-71/I=75 interchanges.
Click here to read more about the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project