Friday, June 15, 2012
The week-long Canadian National Railway crossing repairs are now complete.
Canadian National Railway work that closed down a portion of Lake Cook Road for five days is now complete. As of 6 a.m. Friday, June 15, the railway crossing at Lake Cook Road was open for the first time since early Monday morning. The railway repairs had closed the road between Hart Road and Route 59, causing major headaches for motorists; especially those trying to access Barrington High School during the first week of summer school.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Canadian National Railway says it won't affect Barrington, but residents say they have noticed a difference.
The upcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organization summit in Chicago is causing Canadian National Railway to reroute some of its trains to the suburbs. The railway says this isn’t affecting Barrington, but some residents say that’s not true. As part of the security restrictions around Chicago, the Secret Service and Chicago Police Department warn that train traffic around McCormick Place could be delayed. “Our plan presents the best possible solution to balancing the need for comprehensive security while minimizing delay and intrusion on ridership,” said Frank Benedetto, special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Chicago Field Office. The railway ordinarily operates freight trains underneath McCormick Place but says it is using its …
Monday, April 30, 2012
The village of Barrington will hold a meeting to discuss the grade separation project at Route 14 and the Elgin Joliet & Eastern Railway.
The community is invited to a public meeting this week to discuss the grade separation project at Route 14 and the Elgin Joliet & Eastern Railway (EJ&E). Engineers are working on a plan to build a road underpass where Route 14 meets the railway to mitigate traffic concerns due to increased freight train traffic. The meeting is slated to take place Wednesday, May 2 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Roslyn Road School. The meeting was called for the public to be informed of recent data gathered regarding the railway, and aspects that should be considered during the engineering process. Important Railway Background: Village Files Petition to Make CN Trains Safer Village Fights for Grade Separation Funding Grade …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Barrington, along with TRAC, has asked for Canadian National Railway to make safety improvements to its tank cars.
The village of Barrington along with The Regional Answer to Canadian National, (TRAC), has filed a petition to make Canadian National (CN) trains safer as they pass through town. The petition stems from problems found surrounding a CN freight train derailment in Rockford in 2009. The train derailed, spilling ethanol from several tank cars, causing a massive fire that killed one woman and injured several others. A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation after the accident revealed that the tank cars carrying the ethanol have a known problem causing them to malfunction if there is a derailment. There is currently a rule in place requiring all new tank cars be outfitted without this defect, but the existing cars do are not …