Welcome to the US Route 30 at EJ&E/ CN Railroads Bridge Construction Website

UPDATE: The new overpass has been open to traffic as of Nov. 6. U.S. 30 will remain one lane in each direction until early December. Work on the improvements to U.S. 30 will continue in 2016.

The project will reduce the potential for accidents by eliminating the at-grade crossing with the EJ&E/CN railroad tracks. It will also eliminate delays and congestion related to the at-grade crossing.

This site has been created to provide one location where the public can get details about the US Route 30 at EJ&E/ CN Railroads Bridge Construction 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.

Note: IDOT projects typically have three distinct phases. Phase I (or the project Study) consists of developing the project scope, environmental studies and preliminary design of a project. Phase II (Design) consists of refining the design to develop contract plans and land acquisition. Phase III (Construction) consists of the actual construction of the project.

Proposed Work

  • A US Route 30 overpass bridge over the EJ&E/CN railroad tracks in Lynwood, Illinois will be constructed to replace the existing at-grade railroad crossing.
  • This project will reconstruct 3,500 linear feet of pavement with 4 lanes (2 thru lanes in each direction) and a variable width center barrier median on a new alignment that will be shifted 64 feet east of existing US Route 30 centerline at the existing at-grade crossing with the railroad. The western project limit of reconstruction is approximately 1,000 feet northwest of Chillon Drive and the eastern project limit is the Illinois-Indiana state line.
  • The overpass bridge will be a 131 feet long two-span bridge supported by steel beams.
  • Retaining walls totaling 2,300 feet long will be provided on both bridge approaches.
  • The intersection of US Route 30 with Sauk Trail will be widened to include dual left-turn lanes for westbound US Route 30 onto Sauk Trial. Sauk Trail will feature a single left turn with a future thru lane to accommodate development that will be striped out. Right turns from Sauk Trail onto US Route 30 will be via a free-flowing right turn lane. The traffic signal installation at US Route 30/Sauk Trail intersection will be completely modernized.
  • A 10-foot wide shared-use path for pedestrians will be provided on the east side of US Route 30 for the entire project length.
  • Frontage Roads will be constructed for vehicle and pedestrian access to properties west of US Route 30.
  • This project includes drainage, signing and landscaping improvements.

Maintenance of Traffic

  • Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained for most of the construction duration.
  • Stages 1 and 2 of Construction will maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction on the western portion of the existing pavement and temporary traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of US Route 30 at Sauk Trail while the new realigned US Route 30 pavement, retaining walls and bridge over the EJ&E/CN tracks are being constructed.
  • Stage 3 Construction will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction on the newly constructed pavement to allow the new eastbound lanes to be connected to the existing pavement at both the western and eastern project limits.
  • Stage 4 Construction will maintain two lanes of traffic in each direction on the new pavement while the frontage roads and medians are constructed.

Project Schedule

Construction tentatively is scheduled to begin in Summer of 2014 and to be completed by Fall of 2016.

Project Coordination

This project has been coordinated with the Village of Lynwood and Cook County. Construction staging and maintenance of traffic will extend into the Town of Dyer, Indiana.

Project Benefits

  • Reduce congestion and delay at the rail crossing with the EJ&E/CN railroad due to an increase in train volumes.
  • Eliminate delays at the rail crossing for emergency response vehicles
  • Improve capacity for projected 2040 traffic at the US Route 30 intersection with Sauk Trail
  • Provide accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists through the project corridor
  • Aid in the economic development of the area
  • Creation of approximately 306 jobs

Project Location

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This site will be updated periodically as the project progresses. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wishes to thank you for your support and patience.

As the US Route 30 at the EJ&N/ CN Railroads Bridge Construction project website progresses, IDOT will periodically update this website to assure that the motorists of Illinois are kept informed of project developments, public involvement opportunities, and construction related activities.

If you have questions about the project, please fill out the Feedback form or contact us at:

Illinois Department of Transportation
Office of Communications
201 West Center Court
Schaumburg, IL 60196

November 5, 2015
U.S. 30 Overpass Opening in Lynnwood, Lane Closures to Follow

August 19, 2014
Governor Quinn Breaks Ground on $29.6 Million Road and Rail Separation Project in Lynwood

Photo Gallery

Project Photos
Progress Photos - October 2014
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Progress Photos - December 2014
Progress Photos - January 2015
Progress Photos - February 2015
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Progress Photos - January 2016
Progress Photos - April 2016
Progress Photos - May 2016