ROCKFORD, IL – December 6, 2012 – Illinois Railway, L.L.C. (“IR”), Chicago, Central & Pacific Railroad Company (“CC&P”), and Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad Corporation (Canadian Pacific Railway) have jointly filed relocation project in the City of Rockford, Illinois.
The proposed joint relocation project (the “Relocation Project”) will facilitate the removal and replacement of an old highway bridge (the “Morgan Street Bridge”) over the Rock River in the City. The Morgan Street Bridge was originally constructed in 1916 and reconstructed in 1956. The Morgan Street Bridge currently carries approximately 10,000 vehicles a day and is restricted to vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds. The replacement bridge will support a Class II Truck Route.
To facilitate the City’s bridge replacement project, IR and CC&P have agreed to re-align their trackage and interchanges in the area including the removal of IR’s tracks located beneath the Morgan Street Bridge. The Relocation Project provides a number of public and private benefits. Public safety will be enhanced through the closing of existing public highway-rail grade crossings and the upgrading of five existing highway-rail grade crossings.
The removal of the IR-CC&P diamond south of the Morgan Street Bridge will improve railroad safety and decrease maintenance costs for the railroads. The removal of the IR tracks below the Morgan Street Bridge and conveyance of the right-of-way to the City will also allow for the design and construction of a safer and more sustainable highway bridge.
The Relocation Project is sponsored by the City and is funded in part by the Illinois Commerce Commission.
The components of the Relocation Project are as follows:
1. IR will acquire limited overhead trackage rights over CC&P between approximately CCP Milepost 85.75 and CC&P’s connection to the CP at or near CCP Milepost 86.85, a physical distance of approximately 1.1 miles, with the right to enter and exit IR’ s main line west of the diamond at approximately CCP Milepost 85.75 and the right to enter and exit IR’s former main line track east of the diamond at approximately CCP Milepost 85.65 (including over CC&P between CCP Milepost 85.65 and CCP Milepost 85.00 for headroom), to enable IR to continue serving Joseph Behr & Sons, Inc. (“Behr”) (the “IR Trackage Rights”). The IR Trackage Rights will allow IR to use the CC&P route across the Rock River and existing rights over CP in order to access theIR’s Yard at South Rockford.
2. CC&P will acquire limited local trackage rights over IR between approximately IR Milepost 22.54 and IR Milepost 21.90, a distance of approximately .64 miles to enable CC&P to continue serving Accuride Wheel End Solutions, formerly Gunite Foundries (“Gunite”) (the “CC&P Trackage Rights”).
3. A new connecting track will be constructed west of the diamond at or near CCP Milepost 85.75 to facilitate IR’s use of the IR Trackage Rights and to facilitate CC&P’s use of
the CC&P Trackage Rights.
4. A new connecting track connecting CC&P’s mainline and the former IR mainline north of the diamond will be constructed east of the diamond at or near CCP Milepost 85.65 to facilitate IR’s use of theIR Trackage Rights to enable IR to continue serving Behr.
5. IR will remove the diamond and its trackage on either side of the diamond between the two new connecting tracks and between IR Milepost 23.05 (approximately 150 feet
south of the center line of Morgan Street) to IR Milepost 23.45 (at the north end of IR’s Rock River bridge).
6. CC&P will remove certain industrial lead track south of the diamond (located parallel to the IR’s line) currently used by CC&P to serve Gunite.
7. CP will discontinue its overhead trackage rights over IR between IR Milepost 22.54 to IR Milepost 23.5, which were granted to CP’s predecessor in interest Central Illinois and Wisconsin Railroad Company by IR’s predecessor in interest Chicago, Rockford and Northern Railroad Company pursuant to an agreement dated November 5, 1881 and as later modified by an agreement between the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad Company and the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company dated August 31, 1928.
Once the Relocation Project is completed, IR will quit claim to the City its right-of-way for a distance of 750 feet north of the centerline of Morgan Street and 150 feet south of the centerline of Morgan Street.
The proposed Relocation Project will not disrupt service to shippers. There are only two rail shippers located adjacent to the lines being relocated: Gunite and Behr. CC&P will continue to have access to Gunite via the new connecting track west of the former diamond and the CC&P Trackage Rights. IR will continue to have access to Behr via the new connecting track east of the former diamond and the IR Trackage Rights.