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The City is committed to maintaining high-quality roads, sidewalks and infrastructure for the entire community. We will help you navigate through Geneva's major construction projects and annual maintenance programs from start to finish. This blog will focus on projects outside of road construction, such as the Union Pacific Third Main Line as well as the City's sidewalk & curb program, underground cable replacement, sanitary sewer improvements, and more.

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Sep 26

Union Pacific Starts Third Main Line Project In Geneva

Posted on September 26, 2022 at 11:02 AM by Kevin Stahr

Third Main Line

Union Pacific announced operations are underway to build a third railroad line near the current UP-West railway tracks spanning from Peck Road in Geneva to West Chicago.

The 6-mile stretch of new rail will be set 20 feet south of the current tracks from Peck Road to Route 25. Heading east toward Kirk Road, all three tracks will be shifted, and the new line will be built on the north side.

The project will require the temporary closure of the Western Avenue and the Third Street grade crossings as well as the Route 31 underpass to traffic. The closures will be staggered so only one crossing will be impacted at a given time.

The Union Pacific contractor said work will be taking place seven days a week with extended construction hours. Federal law requires all trains to slow down and sound their horns when entering construction areas when workers are present regardless of previously designated quiet zones.

Starting this month, the contractor will be staking and marking the project area, establishing detours on the west bank of the Fox River Trail Sept. 26 and the east bank Oct. 10, and removing trees adjacent to the Route 31 overflow commuter parking lot. The lot was closed in July and will be used for equipment staging for the next two years.

Construction will begin on the Fox River train bridge spanning the Fox River from October 2022 to April 2024. Union Pacific has provided a schedule, which is subject to change, regarding the future traffic closures, including:

  • Route 31 underpass – April to August 2023;
  • Third Street crossing – April to June 2024; and
  • Western Avenue crossing – June to July 2024.

Union Pacific is funding the project.

More information is available on the Third Main Line construction web page. Future updates will be posted on this blog.