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The Bloomingdale rail viaduct's glorious rebirth as 2.7-mile rec trail is on track for summertime groundbreaking, thanks to management and operational agreements approved yesterday by City Council. The Park District will manage the new greenspace under a 25-year lease with the city and construction costs are expected to tip at $91M. Additional agreements are still needed to secure access points (and park space) along the trail, but no snags are anticipated. The viaduct is 100 years old and has been disused for 12. After years of planning, the trail could be open by late 2014. See designs here! [City of Chicago, previously]