CTA RED LINE/DAN RYAN EXPRESSWAY TRAFFIC UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 22 - 29

August 19, 2004
8/19/04

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 22 -29 will be:

LANE SHIFTS:Lane shifts begin northbound between 56th and 52nd Streets Wednesday, August 25 and southbound in the same location the week of August 30. Lane shifts will be in place until mid-November.

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

Lane shifts continue in both directions between 30th and 34th Streets until early 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 at 63rd Street that has been closed overnight since mid-June is reopened.

Future nighttime only closures will continue intermittently through the fall.

BY-PASS TRACKS IN SERVICE:The set of by-pass tracks between 30th and 34th Streets will discontinue Sunday, August 29 when trains return to the main track.

CTA trains continue using by-pass tracks between 92nd and 96th Streets until late 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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