ICC Approves Funding for the Olympian Drive Railroad Bridge

On February 20, 2014 the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) approved railroad crossing protection funding in the amount of $7.8 million to construct the Olympian Drive bridge over the Illinois Central Railroad. Reaching an ICC decision on the railroad bridge took over two years and is an important step in moving the Olympian Drive (Apollo Drive to Lincoln Avenue) Project closer to construction. Some of the last steps to be completed prior to an IDOT letting are to finalize an agreement with the Illinois Central Railroad Company, approving a utility relocation agreement with Ameren, and finalizing right-of-way acquisition. The goal is to complete these remaining steps to allow the project to be scheduled for an April or June 2014 letting.