New Developments On Gary Airport Runway Project
August 26, 2014 — The delays around the Gary-Chicago International Airport expansion project could be coming to an end.
The Airport Authority board heard yesterday that Canadian National Railway tracks at the end of the main runway could be out of the way as early as November — and the runway expansion allowed to proceed.
The new tracks were completed last summer and paid for with almost 29-million dollars of airport money, but they’ve yet to be used. Canadian National would not move its trains until federal approvals and other agreements could be made to permanently remove an unused crossing with the Fort Wayne rail line.
An attorney told the airport board the federal Surface Transportation Board approved two key railroad requests which will ultimately lead to abandoning part of the Fort Wayne line. A nearly 23-million dollar escrow fund will pay for a reroute of the Fort Wayne line and combine a portion of it with Norfolk Southern railroad’s Gary line.