CHICAGO TRACK ELEVATION

CANCELLED PROJECTS

City ordinances were passed for these track elevation projects, which for various reasons were never completed.

Multiple ordinances were passed pertaining to the Illinois Central South Chicago Branch. The original plan was for the line to be entirely elevated, but the plan was later revised for most of the route to be depressed.

Among these projects, the only grade separations actually achieved, were on the Baltimore & Ohio Altenheim Line. This was accomplished during the 1950's, with a grade separated right of way shared with the Congress/Eisenhower Expressway and the CTA line to Forest Park (Blue Line).


July 1, 1912
Ordinance for elevation of Illinois Central South Chicago Branch from 90th St. to 93rd St. superseding ordinance dated June 25, 1906 which was not accepted by railroad. Deadline for completion December 31, 1913.

December 22, 1913
Ordinance for elevation of Rock Island Suburban Line from Carpenter St. to Marshfield Ave. Deadline for completion December 31, 1920.

January 11, 1917
Ordinance for elevation of Baltimore & Ohio Altenheim Line from Cicero Ave. to Austin Ave. Deadline for completion December 31, 1920.

January 11, 1917
Ordinance for elevation of Illinois Central South Chicago Branch from 67th St. to 93rd St., and elevation of Baltimore & Ohio Brookdale Line from 83rd St. to 93rd St. Deadline for completion December 31, 1920.

July 10, 1929
Ordinance for elevation of Chicago & North Western Wisconsin Division from Foster Ave. to Ozark Ave. Deadline for completion December 31, 1933. Ordinance amended September 25, 1929, extending deadline for completion to December 31, 1939.

July 28, 1932
Ordinance for depression of Illinois Central South Chicago Branch from 70th St. to 79th St. Deadline for completion December 1, 1935.

June 28, 1944
Ordinance to use Motor Fuel Tax funding, for grade separation of Milwaukee Road Milwaukee Division from Elston Ave. to city limits.

March 20, 1945
Ordinance to use Motor Fuel Tax funding, for grade separation of Pittsburgh Cincinnati Chicago & St. Louis from 87th St. to Little Calumet River, for grade separation of Baltimore & Ohio from 87th St. to connection at 90th St. with Rock Island Suburban Line, and grade separation of Rock Island main line from 90th St. to 119th St.