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Berwyn, Lawrence Red Line Stations To Close For 3-Year Reconstruction Project

May 24, 2019 - 3:26 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The CTA is working on finalizing its timeline for a construction project that will close two North Side Red line stations for three years.

The agency kicked off a series of public meetings this week to introduce Edgewater and Uptown residents and small business owners to the Walsh-Fluor Design-Build Team, which will design and engineer the first phase of the Red and Purple Modernization Project, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said.

The project, announced in 2014, will involve rebuilding the Bryn Mawr, Berwyn, Argyle and Lawrence stations, Chase said. The project will make the stations, which were originally constructed between 1916 and 1923, larger and fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Chase compared the planned work to the reconstruction of the Wilson station in Uptown, which was completed in 2017.

Construction of temporary stations at Argyle and Bryn Mawr is planned to start this fall before all four stations close in the winter of 2020-2021, according to the CTA. Berwyn and Lawrence will stay closed until all four stations reopen in the summer of 2024.

The other major aspect of the project will be a proposed bypass to carry Brown Line trains over the Red and Purple Line tracks north of Belmont, according to the CTA. The bypass is intended to reduce congestion and increase train speeds in the area by preventing Brown Line trains from obstructing the Red and Purple Line tracks at the interchange.

Work on the bypass is planned to start this fall and wrap up by the summer of 2021, the transit agency said. The Red and Purple line tracks from Belmont to Cornelia will then be rebuilt between the summer of 2021 and 2024.

In addition to the bypass and the station reconstruction, the Red and Purple Modernization Project will also involve the installation of a new signal system on a 23-mile stretch of tracks between Belmont and Howard, Chase said.

Nancy Harty contributed to this report.

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