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Research Project

Freight Planning for the Dolton and Riverdale Gateway: Grade Separation

Grade separation location
Principal Investigator
Sriraj, P.S.
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Funding Source
South Surburban Mayors and Managers Association


The Dolton and Riverdale areas are part of the industrial downtown of Cook County.  Freight is moved by and transferred between three major modes, i.e., water, rail, and truck.  Freight by water arrives and departs via Lake Calumet, Calumet River, and the Little Calumet River.  Major rail centers in the area are Chicago Intermodal Terminal, Indiana Harbor Belt (IHB) Blue Island Yard, Union Pacific (UP) Yard Center, Chessie Seaboard X (CSX) Barr Yard, and Riverdale CSX Yard.  Major highways provide truck access to the two areas such as I-94, I-57, I-294, I-80, I-90, IL-83, IL-1, US-6, and US-41. This study provided site descriptions of 10 at-grade rail highway crossings and the potential for grade separation. Download the "Freight Planning for the Dolton and Riverdale Gateway: Grade Separation" study.