IL 19 at York Rd Reconstruction Project


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Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road) at York Road

Due to the at grade railroad crossing of the Canadian Pacific Railway rail tracks just east of the intersection of IL19_MS_HDR_MPK_RevisedRendering_20121206small.jpgIllinois 19 (Irving Park Road) in Bensenville, IL travelers on both Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road) and York Road experience extensive delays. In order to make travel in this area less congested and safer, the Illinois Department of Transportation will be constructing a bridge to carry the railroad over Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road). This grade separation will also allow the addition of travel lanes and pedestrian accommodations at this intersection improving the area for local residents, businesses and all the traffic traveling through this corridor daily.

The funding for construction was secured through the CREATE (Chicago Region Environmental And Transportation Efficiency) program and has been designated as project GS-16. On average, 25 trains per day travel through the at-grade crossing. CREATE’s mission is to eliminate congestion points throughout the state of Illinois.

IDOT suggests using alternate routes and public transportation throughout construction.

Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road) @ York Road will help create 830 new jobs.

The purpose of the $64 million dollar project is to enhance the flow of traffic, reduce congestion, and increase safety while minimizing impacts. Our goal is to address regional growth and transportation demand, improve traffic capacity and safety, improve roadway facilities and promote economic development. IDOT suggests using alternate routes and public transportation throughout construction.

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.


The key element of this project is the construction of a grade separation structure that will carry the Canadian Pacific Railway over Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road). The new structure will consist of a two-span, steel through-plate girder bridge with a median pier. The structure will be built east of the existing crossing. In conjunction with the new bridge, six new retaining walls will be built to retain the newly elevated railroad embankment and provide for railroad access road turnarounds.

The intersection improvements include widening on all four legs of the current intersection to improve channelization. The proposed intersection will include two through lanes in each direction, single left-turn lanes for the east and west approaches, dual left-turn lanes for the north and south approaches, and right-turn lanes for all but the east approach. A total of approximately 1,100 ft. of Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road) will be reconstructed with another 750 ft. widened and resurfaced. For York Road, a total of 1,500 ft. will be reconstructed with another 1,300 ft. widened and resurfaced. The reconstructed pavement will consist of 10 in. jointed concrete pavement.

The project includes traffic signal modernization, landscaping, lighting, sidewalks and drainage improvements. The drainage improvements will include an extension of the existing culvert under York Road that currently carries the Bensenville Ditch. A new culvert is also required under the new railroad embankment to carry the Bensenville Ditch.

The Department let an advance work contract to build a large portion of the Canadian Pacific Railway embankment south of Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road). This project also includes clearing, tree removal, erosion control, and the design and construction of a temporary soil retention system. The construction of this advance work project will be concurrent with the bridge construction project.

The programmed amount for the entire Illinois Route 19 (Irving Park Road) project is $64 million. The awarded construction cost for the advance embankment work contract was $1.2 million and $18.5 million for the bridge contract.

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.


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As the Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road) @ York Road Bridge Reconstruction Project 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.

This website has been set up to provide residents, business owners and travelers with the information they need to know with what is happening at Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road) and York Road. If this site has not answered all of your questions, please fill out the feedback form or contact us at:

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

Please continue to visit the Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road) @ York Road Bridge Reconstruction Project website for periodic updates throughout the course of the Illinois 19 (Irving Park Road) @ York Road project.

The Illinois Department of Transportation looks forward to your continued input and support.

Construction Fast Facts

  • Project Start: Spring, 2013
  • Project End: Fall, 2017
  • Project Cost: $64,000,000
  • Project Municipality: Bensenville
  • Project County: DuPage

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Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery - Current Conditions, March 2013
East Track Cutover to New Grade
Photo Gallery - Aerial Photos, March & April 2012
Photo Gallery - Dirt Work & Retaining Walls in Progress October 2013
Progress Photos - June 2015 - Box Culvert
Planes, Trains & Automobiles - August 2014
Sub Ballast August – 2014
Preliminary Track One Installation
Photo Gallery - Preliminary Work, July 2013 to early October 2013
Work in Progress – May to July 2014
Bridge and Railroad Bedding Work - October 2014
Progress Photos - August 2015
Progress Photos - July 2015 - Box Culvert
Construction Work - November 2013 to April 2014