Since 1957 there has been talk about building an overpass over the Union Pacific railroad tracks at 25th Avenue. When Mayor Ron Serpico first ran for office he made building the overpass a priority. It took many years but finally on December 22, 2016 the overpass became a reality as Mayor Serpico drove the first car over it.
The overpass accommodates two lanes of traffic in each direction over the railroad tracks. Each day, up to 59 Metra trains and 52 freight trains pass through this location. On average, 19,000 vehicles travel this stretch of 25th Avenue daily, with 3,500 of them getting stopped by trains before the overpass was built, resulting in 28,400 annual hours of motorist delay.
The 2017 Greenquality Award was presented at the full membership meeting of the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency and the West Central Municipal Conference held on April 26, at the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center. This award recognizes Mayor Serpico’s role in the construction of this vital overpass. Previously, cars and trucks would be stuck by trains and sit idling on 25th Avenue wasting gas while generating harmful emissions into the air which is now a thing of the past thanks to the vision and determination of Mayor Ron Serpico.
Mayor Serpico is seen in accompanying picture with Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale and former Governor Pat Quinn cutting the ribbon for the opening of the 25th Avenue overpass