July 29, 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 August 1 ? 8 will be:

LANE SHIFTS:Lane shifts continue in both directions between 42nd Place and 46th Place until Monday, August 2.

Lane shifts continue in both directions between 58th and 62nd Streets until late August.

Lane shifts continue in both directions between 30th and 34th Streets until late September.

Lane shifts continue in both directions between 92nd and 96th Streets until mid- October.

TEMPORARY RAMP CLOSURE:The northbound 95th Street entrance ramp is temporarily closed until late October. Motorists are encouraged to use the entrance ramp at 87th Street.

NIGHTTIME ONLY LANE CLOSURES:The northbound left driving lane will be closed intermittently from 8 p.m. until5 a.m. at 45th Street until Monday, August 2, and at 63rd Street until late August.

Nighttime only closures will continue intermittently through the fall.

BY-PASS TRACKS IN SERVICE:The set of by-pass tracks that have been in place between 58th and 62nd Streets will discontinue August 6 ? 7, when trains return to the main tracks at that location.

CTA trains continue to use by-pass tracks between 30th and 34th Streets until mid-September.

Customers will continue to board trains at their normal stations.

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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