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New underpass aims to ease congestion caused by freight trains near Toyota Park in Bridgeview

Updated: November 2, 2013 11:16PM

A $30 million 71st Street underpass was opened Saturday in Bridgeview to ease congestion caused by dozens of freight trains a day whose slow crawl had long brought car and truck traffic to a standstill just outside Toyota Park, home to the Chicago Fire.

Gov. Pat Quinn attended its opening Saturday and said the underpass carrying traffic on 71st Street, near Harlem Avenue, underneath the CSX and Indiana Harbor Belt freight tracks will make the roadway safer.

Officials said it eliminates more than 30 hours of combined delays that drivers endured each day. More than 4,000 cars and trucks pass the crossing daily.

The two-year project was part of a multi-year program to unsnarl train lines that make Chicago the nation’s busiest rail hub.

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