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During the October 7, 2019 regularly scheduled Village Board meeting, the Village Board authorized a contract with John Burns Construction of Orland Park, Illinois for demolition and construction of a new train station and surrounding shelters in the amount of $6.2 million. John Burns Construction (“John Burns”) is an experienced contractor who has previously built four stations along the BNSF railway. Groundbreaking for the project is expected to begin in November 2019.
Bids for the project were originally opened on June 10th. The Village recognized John Burns as the lowest bidder and worked with them to reduce the costs of construction by nearly $1 million from the original bid, before ultimately awarding the contract. “This is an exciting project and a lot of time and effort has been dedicated to it” said Village President Len Austin. “I am confident John Burns will deliver excellent results for our residents.”
Construction of a new train station and the surrounding shelters is one component of the Downtown Revitalization Project, a multi-faceted project focused on improving infrastructure and safety in the Village’s downtown. It includes intersection and street improvements, new railroad gates, and new train station facilities. To date the Downtown Revitalization Project has received over $5 million in grants and funding from Metra, the Illinois Commerce Commission, the West Suburban Mass Transit District, and the State of Illinois.
For more information on the Downtown Revitalization Project, including concept drawings of the train station and shelters, the streetscape, and the other improvements, visit www.clarendonhills.us/dtrev.