The BNSF is planning work that will shut down the Longcommon Road grade crossing completely from Sept. 15-22. A separate railroad tie replacement project will close the Delaplaine Road and Hollywood Avenue grade crossings overnight on Sept. 17-18 and Sept. 18-19. | Alex Rogals/Staff Photographer

If you use the Longcommon Road railroad grade crossing to catch your morning train into the city or have kids who cross the tracks there to get to and from school, the next week or so is going to be a big headache as the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe Railroad plans to close down the crossing completely from 9 a.m. on Wednesday Sept. 15 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

In addition, overnight work on Sept. 17-18 and Sept. 18-19 will shut down two vehicle grade crossings and one pedestrian grade crossing in Riverside and Brookfield. In Riverside, the Delaplaine Road crossing and the Herbert Road pedestrian crossing will be closed from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. on those dates. In Brookfield, the Hollywood Avenue grade crossing will also be closed between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. on Sept. 17-18 and Sept. 18-19.

The weeklong Longcommon Road grade crossing closure will affect everyone who uses that crossing, including motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. All traffic during the closure is being rerouted to the Cowley Road crossing via East Quincy Street and East Burlington Street.

Because the closure will also make it more difficult for commuters to either reach the train or their vehicles, depending on their direction of travel and what side of the tracks they park on, the village is suggesting you seek to board and exit the train elsewhere along the line, for example the Harlem Avenue or Oak Park Avenue stops in Berwyn or the Prairie Avenue stop in Brookfield.

The BNSF did not respond to an email from the Landmark asking them to describe the scope of the improvements being made to the Longcommon Road grade crossing.

The overnight work on Sept. 17-18 and Sept. 18-19 is part of the BNSF’s “tie blitz” project, which involves replacing 6,800 railroad ties along the line on those nights. 

According to a memo sent by the BNSF to municipalities affected by the work, the tie blitz will involve quite a bit of on-track equipment and there will be increased noise at night from not only the construction but from the whistles of trains passing through the construction zones. Portable lights will also be in use during the tie blitz work.