Work to begin on Bensenville bottleneck

October 25, 2010 3:17:47 PM PDT
Illinois is launching an intersection reconstruction project that will hopefully end one of the worst bottlenecks in the northwest suburbs.

Thirty-seven thousand cars pass through the intersection of Irving Park and York roads in Bensenville every day. Around 6,400 of those cars are delayed by trains running on the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks.

On Monday Governor Pat Quinn announced a $64 million project to Lower Irving Park Road and raise the railroad bridge.

"Literally hundreds and hundreds of hours are spent waiting for trains to go by. The more we can reduce that the better in Illinois for our environment, reducing emissions, and definitely saving time," said Quinn.

The project is also expected to create 830 new jobs. Construction is slated to start next spring.