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Old Posted Apr 27, 2019, 7:08 PM
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No picture, but the crane looked farther south today.
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I biked over there yesterday and took a look. They've driven two squares of sheet piling, each about 20x20 feet, about 100 feet apart. Looks like they'd be along the east curbline of Wells-Wentworth. I presume it's so they can excavate storm sewer drop shafts. I think the promise was that this parcel would handle all its own stormwater runoff, so presumably the new shafts will connect to some filtration basin prior to discharge into the South Branch.
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^hahah!

Interested to find out what this is really for, though. Would be cool if it is indeed a storm sewer drop shaft as Mr. Downtown guessed
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Old Posted May 5, 2019, 10:14 PM
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May be work on the Wells-Wentworth connector project.
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Old Posted May 5, 2019, 10:34 PM
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Yes, it's clearly part of Wells-Wentworth construction—but what, exactly? I'm thinking catch basins, maybe larger than usual or with sediment trapping capability.
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Crains stating that the U of I system is getting $1.9 billion, and $500 MM is going towards the Discovery Partners Institute. Pritzker had a change of heart?

That article also stated that the DPI has raised $400 MM in private money, although no details were given.

This thing looks like it might actually happen. Related Cos must be happy
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Crains stating that the U of I system is getting $1.9 billion, and $500 MM is going towards the Discovery Partners Institute. Pritzker had a change of heart?

That article also stated that the DPI has raised $400 MM in private money, although no details were given.

This thing looks like it might actually happen. Related Cos must be happy
^I'm certainly happy. Something to get this project going.
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Crains stating that the U of I system is getting $1.9 billion, and $500 MM is going towards the Discovery Partners Institute. Pritzker had a change of heart?

That article also stated that the DPI has raised $400 MM in private money, although no details were given.

This thing looks like it might actually happen. Related Cos must be happy
I read that article also, but it sounds like a lot of that money is going to other research facilities in the UI system and not necessarily the DPI.

Either way, given the money involved here I am expecting a top-flight architect and an award-worthy design. Too much to hope for Richard Rogers or SHoP? Maybe Norman Foster as a consolation prize after his excellent O’Hare design was not chosen?
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^ That article specifically mentions $500 million for the DPI
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I read that article also, but it sounds like a lot of that money is going to other research facilities in the UI system and not necessarily the DPI.

Either way, given the money involved here I am expecting a top-flight architect and an award-worthy design. Too much to hope for Richard Rogers or SHoP? Maybe Norman Foster as a consolation prize after his excellent O’Hare design was not chosen?

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The state budget, which Gov. J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign, allocates about $1.3 billion for spending on new buildings, renovations and other upgrades over multiple years, including re-appropriating $500 million previously directed at a new research network to be centered in Chicago at the yet-to-be-built Discovery Partners Institute... For the Discovery Partners Institute, and the Illinois Innovation Network that connects it to other university outposts, he said the system has raised more than $400 million of private money to be coupled with the $500 million in state funds. While Pritzker had suggested previously that the state funding might only be released once the private funds were raised, Killeen noted today the new budget legislation doesn’t specifically say the state funding must be matched by private dollars.
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Forgive me for probably missing it somewhere earlier in the thread - are there any reasonably detailed schematics of the planned rail re-alignments, new roadways, etc? Will the Rock Island re-alignment also include any improvements to the level crossing with the SCAL?
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Old Posted Jun 4, 2019, 5:18 PM
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I haven't yet seen anything at an engineering level of detail, but the most detailed site plans I've seen, in the PD, just show new diamonds at a different location. However, Related told me a few months ago that discussions with CN were ongoing, based on CN's subsequent announcement of single-tracking and realigning the SCAL. Because property—or at least easement—swaps are involved, it may be complicated by railroad lawyers.

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I haven't yet seen anything at an engineering level of detail, but the most detailed site plans I've seen, in the PD, just show new diamonds at a different location. However, Related told me a few months ago that discussions with CN were ongoing, based on CN's subsequent announcement of single-tracking and realigning the SCAL. Because property—or at least easement—swaps are involved, it may be complicated by railroad lawyers.

Thanks. A grade separation would be tremendously beneficial, it would address the last major chokepoint on the Rock Island (now that Englewood is done), and this bottleneck will become much more prominent if Metra manages to shift the SWS to LaSalle as per long-term dreams following the 75th street projects to be funded by the new capital bill. Unless, would rebuilding the Grand Crossing connection allow CN to significantly reduce traffic on the SCAL?
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Old Posted Jun 7, 2019, 1:19 PM
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I can't think how Grand Crossing would help anything regarding CN freight.

CN might be happy enough to give up the SCAL if they could ever get the EJE double-tracked. Right now it seems like they route important stuff on the J, and slow manifest freights of mostly empties on the Iowa Division/SCAL.
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I don't have pics since I was driving and am a good citizen...

...but my back route home when LDS is jammed take's me down 16th to the Mariano's corner and then N. on Roosevelt.

There was a lot of construction equipment on site this week due West of that corner - where there's sort of a dirt ramp. They were all around the Metra tracks, but I couldn't tell if they were actually working on the tracks themselves or in the surrounding area.
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I don't have pics since I was driving and am a good citizen...

...but my back route home when LDS is jammed take's me down 16th to the Mariano's corner and then N. on Roosevelt.

There was a lot of construction equipment on site this week due West of that corner - where there's sort of a dirt ramp. They were all around the Metra tracks, but I couldn't tell if they were actually working on the tracks themselves or in the surrounding area.
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