2010 Construction

Construction Details

2017 Construction


New/upgraded stations are anticipated to be complete by the end of 2017. Learn more about the stations here.

Surveying, Fencing & Utility Relocation

Residents along the HSR corridor may notice work being done along the railroad tracks including surveying, tree clearing and fencing installation as well as drainage improvements and utility relocations. Surveyors first determine the location of the right-of-way to identifywhere the fencing will need to be placed. Once surveying is complete, the trees and brush within the right-of-way are cleared to allow the fence to be installed. In select locations, culverts are being relocated and/or replaced to improve drainage and specific utilities are being relocated to accommodate track and crossing improvements.

Temporary Crossing Closures

Temporary grade crossing closures may be needed to complete the crossing improvements. The majority of the remaining crossings to receive improvements are located in Springfield and between Shipman and Granite City. The work will be coordinated with local communities. An updated list of these closures can be found here.


Significant work will begin in Springfield in Summer 2017 including track and signal upgrades as well as crossing improvements. Five crossings will be permanently closed, including Union Street, Jackson Street, Canedy Street, Cedar Street, and Allen Street. The Springfield Amtrak station will also receive improvements. Learn more about the improvements in Springfield here.


Significant work will take place in 2017 in the City of Wilmington. Improvements include replacing the Kankakee River bridge, Water Street bridge, and Forked Creek bridge. The Kankakee River bridge will be expanded to accommodate future double-tracking and the existing track will be replaced and shifted to accommodate a new second track. The grade crossings at East Kankakee River Drive, North Kankakee Street, and North 1st Street will receive safety improvements, including crossing protection gates and pedestrian gates.

Learn more about the improvements here.

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