Metra Rebuilding Project Hits Another Roadblock

Sending plans back to engineers could increase project costs by $80 million

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    Metra's plan to rebuild 22 bridges on the Union Pacific North line has hit another road block.

    Metra's plan to rebuild 22 bridges on the Union Pacific North line has hit another roadblock.

    The commuter rail agency is sending its controversial $185 million project back to its engineers to find a way to keep two tracks in operation.

    The moves comes after numerous commuter delays, schedule changes and complaints from riders when construction forced trains to only one track.

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    A Metra spokeswoman said the cost of the project may increase, but probably not more than $80 million more.

    "I think we're [going to be] able to whittle that number down some.  We have to," said chairwoman Carole Doris, according to the Chicago Tribune.  "But those numbers are being developed."