Court Orders Railway to Cover Costs to Build Underpasses: Report

Canadian National Railway must pay $68 million for construction projects in Aurora and Lynwood.

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Canadian National Railway needs to pay $68 million to cover costs connected with building new underpasses in Aurora and Lynwood, according to a Crain's Chicago Business report.

The decision upheld conditions imposed by the Surface Transportation Board after CNR purchased the Elgin Joliet & Eastern Railroad in 2008, the report stated.

Under the ruling, the report added, CNR must pay 67 percent of the cost of a grade separation at Ogden Avenue near Aurora and 78.5 percent of a grade separation at U.S. Route 30 in Lynwood.

CNR tracks run through the Lincoln-Way area, including Frankfort. The village brokered a $3.49 million agreement for the railroad to fund efforts to mitigate the effects on noise, safety and other factors that increased traffic along the line would cause. This ruling doesn't affect that deal.

On Monday, in late April.


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