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Downers Grove, Metra to Celebrate Completion of Belmont Underpass

State and local officials will celebrate the completion of the $60 million Belmont Road underpass project with a ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Downers Grove residents are invited to join village and Metra officials Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of the Belmont Underpass.

Metra will host a ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Belmont train station, 5000 Belmont Road, to mark the completion of the $60 million underpass, located at the intersection of Belmont Road and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad tracks.

Officials from Metra and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) will be in attendance, along with state and local officials.

Construction on the $59 million underpass at the Belmont Station began in May 2010, nearly eight years after the village entered into an agreement with the state, DuPage County, the BNSF Railway and Metra.

The project—conceived in response to a high number of traffic accidents at the location—reconfigured the intersection from an at-grade crossing to an underpass, with Belmont Road located under the tracks, as well as Warren and Burlington avenues.

The underpass, according to Metra and village officials, will improve vehicular and pedestrian safety, create faster emergency response times for fire and police personnel, improve the flow of traffic and increase accessibility to the nearby Ellsworth Industrial Park.

Although the project was scheduled to be wrapped up in June 2013, much of the work has been completed ahead of schedule, according to village officials.

Related stories: 

  • Belmont Underpass 95 Percent Complete: Village of Downers Grove
  • Photos: Belmont Underpass Project

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goddess October 15, 2012 at 04:12 PM
The underpass? Great idea. The new stop light 100 yards north? Not so much.
Michael Rawson October 15, 2012 at 05:20 PM
While the new red light on Haddow and Belmont is probably necessary due to the proximity to Puffer school, but the timing of red lights should coordinated with the light on Prairie and Belmont so that both turn red at the same time. As it is now, it turns red far too often for what little traffic there is on that street. What would really be great to fully take advantage of the new underpass and related facilities, would be to develop more housing in the area. Let's sell the golf course and develop it. Why is Downers Grove in the golfing business anyway?
Kent Frederick October 17, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Michael, You do realize that the golf course in one of the oldest courses around? And do you remember the complaints, when the Park District did a slight reconfiguration, when the Rec Center was built?
Tony Cesare October 17, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Tear apart the last vestiges of the historic Chicago Golf Club to put in subdivisions and strip malls!?!? Blasphemy!
Michael Rawson October 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
The Rec Center has been another smashing success.

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