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The CSX Forest Hill Rail Yard on Chicago's South Suide is considered one of the biggest chokepoints in U.S. railroading

CREATE Program Breaks Ground on Flyover Spanning CSX Rail Yard

The Chicago Region Environment and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program broke ground on the largest CREATE project to date, The Forest Hill Flyover at CSX Forest Hill Railroad Yard. The project will construct a bridge which will resolve one of the largest rail chokepoints in the nation and the most congested in the Chicago terminal, Belt Junction. 

The groundbreaking also kicked off construction of the 71st Street Grade Separation project, which will eliminate an existing grade crossing of the CSX railroad with 71st Street, improving safety and convenience for community members including pedestrians, bicyclists, and local drivers.  

These projects are also the first two components of four major projects that will be implemented as part of the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project. Estimated total cost for the Forest Hill Flyover and 71st Street Grade Separation projects is $380 million, with the federal government picking up $132 million of the tab


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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