Print

Lipinski Helps Secure Funding to Repair 29th Street Viaduct in Bridgeport

 
Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) announced today that his leadership helped secure a federal grant that will pay to reconstruct the railroad viaduct at 29th Street and Stewart Avenue in Bridgeport.

“Anyone who has ever inched their way through this underpass can tell you it needs a major overhaul,” Congressman Lipinski said. “I’m pleased to report that thanks to the funding I helped obtain, this important project is set to move forward.”

The work will cost an estimated $380,000, and entails curb and gutter replacement, sidewalk replacement, and road surface replacement. Improved safety and access for motorists, pedestrians, and the disabled will result, along with better stormwater drainage of the street and sidewalk.

Funding for the viaduct work comes from a $100 million federal grant that Congressman Lipinski helped obtain for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency rail modernization program. CREATE will create jobs, reduce traffic delays, shorten commutes, decrease shipping times, lower fuel usage and pollution, enhance safety, and ensure Chicago remains the nation’s transportation hub for decades to come.

Congressman Lipinski is a leading advocate for CREATE, having helped to secure $633 million for the program since 2005. In addition to repairing aging infrastructure, CREATE will reduce delays and congestion with track, switch, and signal upgrades and by constructing 31 overpasses and underpasses to end conflicts at both rail-rail and highway-rail crossings. Ten CREATE projects have already been completed.

“The 29th Street viaduct is another great example of the benefits that CREATE is providing to the residents of the Third District,” Congressman Lipinski said. “I’m looking forward to continuing to lead the fight for more funding for this essential program.”

 

(February 25, 2010)

 

###