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Metra Construction May Detour Lake Forest Voters

Metra advises voters who use the Lake Forest Station as a polling place to find an alternative route.

Courtesy of Metra

Metra is advising Lake Forest residents who use the Lake Forest Station on the Milwaukee North line as a polling place that the replacement of a railroad crossing near the station may require them to use an alternate route on their way to vote on Election Day.

Work began Oct. 31 to replace the crossing at Everett Road over the Milwaukee North tracks in Lake Forest, requiring the closure of Everett at the tracks. That work, part of Metra’s routine replacement of older grade crossings in its system, is expected to be completed next Wednesday.

The Lake Forest Station on the Milwaukee North line is located west of the tracks on Telegraph Road, about midway between Conway Road on the north and Everett Road on the south. Voters who live east of the railroad tracks and would normally use westbound Everett to cross them on their way to the polling place in the station will have to use the alternate route instead. Starting at the intersection of Everett and Waukegan Road east of the tracks, the alternate route goes north on Waukegan from Everett, west on Conway across the tracks, then south on Telegraph to the station.

The grade crossing project involves removing the existing asphalt, rubber, track, ties and ballast and completely replacing them with new materials. Metra apologizes for the inconvenience but the work will result in a smoother grade crossing in time for the winter months.

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