CTA Announces Final Weekend Closure of Harrison Red Line Station

June 6, 2014

Customers also reminded of upcoming temporary, 42-day closure of the main entrance 

This weekend, the entire Harrison Red Line station will undergo a temporary closure beginning 10 p.m. Friday, June 6 until 4 a.m. Monday, June 9, to allow crews to finish remaining upgrade work in central areas of the station and platform areas. This is the last of the five scheduled weekend-only closures of the entire station.

To access Red Line service during this time, customers can either walk or board a #29 State bus to the nearby Jackson or Roosevelt stations, which are each a half mile or less from Harrison.

All entrances to the station will re-open in time for the morning rush period on Monday.

The final phase of project work, which will require a temporary 42-day closure of the two entrances to the main stationhouse along Harrison Street, will begin at 4 a.m. Monday, June 16. During this time, crews will be performing much needed upgrade and structural repair work on the main stationhouse, mezzanine area and north end of the platform. The recently rehabilitated Polk Street entrance will serve as the primary station entrance/exit and will be equipped with additional temporary fare equipment to accommodate increased passenger use. 

The $10 million rehabilitation project, which began in mid-April, will make the 70-year old station brighter, cleaner and safer travel environment for the 1.4 million people who use it each year. Overall project work includes building two main entrance canopies, waterproofing to reduce pooling of water in mezzanine and platform areas; installation of new granite flooring; new lighting; and stairway repairs.

The Harrison station project is part of a larger $92 million transportation investment in the Near South Side announced late last summer by Mayor Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool. Other transportation improvement projects included in this investment are the recently completed rehabilitation of the Orange Line’s 18th Street Connector – a half-mile stretch of elevated structure that carries Orange Lines trains traveling to/from the Loop; the new Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station currently under construction; Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) improvements to Roosevelt Road and the recently reconstructed auxiliary entrance at the Roosevelt CTA station.

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