CHICAGO TRACK ELEVATION

CHICAGO & WESTERN INDIANA

Ordinances passed by the City of Chicago, requiring the railroads to elevate their trackage. Ordinances are listed chronologically at the Chicago Track Elevation page, which contains a more comprehensive background on track elevation in Chicago.

Ordinances are listed sequentially along the line, along with further commentary.


Line is grade separated through 103rd St., and to Oakdale on Dolton Branch.


Roosevelt Rd.
June 28, 1886
Ordinance for 12th St. (Roosevelt Rd.) viaduct over Chicago & Western Indiana line from Dearborn Station, and joint Rock Island and Lake Shore & Michigan Southern line from La Salle Street Station.

18th St.
September 8, 1879
Ordinance for 18th St. viaduct over paralleling Illinois Central (Chicago Madison & Northern) and Santa Fe and Chicago & Western Indiana.

22nd St. to 70th St.
October 23, 1899
Ordinance for elevation of Chicago & Western Indiana from 22nd St. to 70th St., and elevation of Grand Trunk from 47th St. to Halsted St. Deadline for completion December 31, 1906. Ordinance amended March 16, 1903, providing for raising of Chicago & Western Indiana tracks over Chicago Junction Railway at 40th St. Ordinance amended November 12, 1906, extending deadline for completion to December 31, 1907.

70th St. to State St. (Main Line)
81st St. to Oakdale (Dolton Branch)

July 13, 1908
Ordinance for elevation of Chicago & Western Indiana from 70th St. to State St. and to Oakdale on Dolton Branch, for elevation of Rock Island from 76th St. to 90th St., for elevation of Rock Island South Chicago Line from Gresham to State St., for elevation of Rock Island Suburban Line from Gresham to Carpenter St., for elevation of Wabash from 74th St. to Wood St., and elevation of Belt Railway of Chicago from Wood St. to State St. Deadline for completion December 31, 1914, south portions December 31, 1915. Ordinance amended, extending deadline for completion to December 31, 1916.

State St. to Pullman Jct. (Main Line)
111th St. to Kensington (Dolton Branch)

April 5, 1911
Ordinance for elevation of Illinois Central from 79th St. to Kensington, for elevation of Nickel Plate Road from 79th St. to Pullman Jct., for elevation of paralleling Chicago & Western Indiana and Belt Railway of Chicago and Rock Island South Chicago Line from State St. to Pullman Jct. and the latter two railroads beyond to Jeffery Ave., and elevation of Chicago & Western Indiana Dolton Branch from 111th St. to Kensington. Ordinance provided for alternate plans depending on whether railroads would agree to grade separate their crossings, including Pullman Jct. which did not become grade separated. Deadline for completion Illinois Central south portion December 31, 1916, Chicago & Western Indiana and Belt Railway of Chicago and Rock Island December 31, 1918, and Illinois Central and Nickel Plate Road December 31, 1921.

Above ordinance remained unfulfilled for Dolton Branch from 111th St. to State St.

Via Dolton Branch, first grade crossing is 95th St., which will be eliminated with the CREATE plan.

103rd St.
July 30, 1931
Ordinance for 103rd St. viaduct over Nickel Plate Road and Chicago & Western Indiana.