New Elevators Will Make Station Accessible to Customer with Disabilities
Chicago Transit Authority officials today announced that construction is nearly complete at Sedgwick station on the Brown Line and on Monday, November 12 customers may resume using the main entrance to the station located on Sedgwick. The temporary entrance currently located on Hudson will no longer be in use. The station has remained open to customers throughout construction. Station improvements include the installation of two new elevators which makes the station accessible to customers with disabilities and longer platforms to accommodate eight-car trains.
?On Monday morning Sedgwick becomes the 78th station to be accessible to all customers. The elevator installation and addition of an accessible turnstile were both key elements of the station and platform renovation," said CTA President Ron Huberman. ?In addition, platforms have been lengthened so longer trains will eventually be able to operate there, stairways have been widened and improvements such as brighter lighting and windbreaks and are also part of the upgrades."
On November 26, CTA will reopen the Montrose station to customers and temporarily close the Damen station for up to 12 months. The following week the CTA will reopen the Addison station and temporarily close the Irving Park station for up to 12 months. Both Montrose and Addison have been closed to service since December 2, 2006. When the stations reopen they will both be newly accessible to customers.
Work has been completed at Kimball, Kedzie, Rockwell, Francisco, Western and - as of Next Week — Sedgwick, followed by Montrose and Addison. Work continues at all other stations. As the project continues to move forward, CTA remains committed to staying on budget and on schedule. The project's Full Funding Grant Agreement with the federal government requires that the CTA complete the project by the end of 2009.
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