Temporary light slated for UP crash site
Business owners in the Wil-sher Shopping Plaza say the road closure at Shermer Road where a train bridge collapsed in July has decreased traffic. Work is begining to temporarily reroute traffic back that way. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun Times Media
Updated: October 9, 2012 9:51PM
GLENVIEW — Work will begin next week on a temporary traffic signal at West Lake Avenue and Shermer Road in Glenview on the border of Northbrook to improve traffic flow near the Union Pacific Railroad train derailment site.
Two Glenview residents died July 4 when the bridge collapsed and a train fell on the vehicle they were driving.
The signal installation should take about a week, said Lynne Stiefel, Glenview’s communications director.
Union Pacific constructed a temporary bridge blocking through traffic on Shermer Road between West Lake Avenue and Willow Road.
The temporary signal will remain in place for about two months until further construction is complete, she added.
Plans are being developed to construct a temporary connection to Patriot Boulevard via Old Willow Road to facilitate traffic from businesses south of the closed bridge.
These plans should be finished in the next few weeks, with the goal of completing the connection in mid-November.
The temporary connection will remain in place until a new bridge is constructed, which is estimated to take 18 to 24 months, after which the temporary setup will be removed and closed, Stiefel said.
A memorandum of understanding between Union Pacific, Glenview and Northbrook has now been signed, and will allow work to begin, Stiefel said.
Attorneys for all parties are still working on an intergovernmental agreement, which will formalize the details of the terms in the memo.