April 1, 2004

Motorists who travel the Dan Ryan Expressway and CTA Red Line customers will experience minimal impact while work is underway on the Chicago Transit Authority's $282.6 million Red Line rehabilitation project.

CTA construction plans call for the periodic use of the left lane and shoulder of the expressway in both directions, and involve a combination of lane shifts, temporary ramp closures and by-pass tracks at eight work zones between Cermak Road and 95th Street. The work schedule is subject to change due to weather or unforeseen issues. Traffic impact for the week of April 4 ? April 11 will be:

LANE SHIFTS:Lane shifts are scheduled to begin southbound between 67th and 71st Streets Monday, April 5 and continue until the second week of June. The northbound lane shifts are scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 7 and continue until the first week of June.

Lane shifts continue northbound and southbound between 84th and 88th Streets. Northbound lane shifts are expected to last until late April and the southbound lane shifts are scheduled to last until early May.

TEMPORARY RAMP CLOSURES:The northbound 87th Street entrance ramp is temporarily closed until early May.

The northbound 71st Street entrance ramp is temporarily closed until mid-June.

NIGHT-TIME ONLY LANE CLOSURES:CTA continues smoothing and paving the outside shoulder of the Dan Ryan Expressway in preparation for upcoming lane shifts.

The northbound right driving lane of the expressway is temporarily closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night between 67th and 71st Streets from now through early next week. The southbound lane in this area is closed each night now through the second week in April. Nighttime only closures will continue intermittently through the month of April.

BY-PASS TRACKS IN SERVICE:CTA trains will begin using the first set of by-pass tracks this weekend between 87th and 84th Streets. Customers will continue to board trains at their normal station locations.

PROJECT SUMMARY:The Dan Ryan branch of the Red Line runs down the middle of the Dan Ryan Expressway and includes nine stations from Cermak - Chinatown to 95th/Dan Ryan. When the rehabilitation project concludes in winter 2006, the CTA will have improved signal, track, communications and power substation systems, renovated seven Red Line stations from Sox-35th to 87th Street and rehabilitated the bus bridges at 69th and 95th Streets.

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