June 3, 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 June 6 - 13 will be:

LANE SHIFTS:Lane shifts are in place northbound and southbound between 58th and 62nd Streets until late August.

Lane shifts continue northbound and southbound between 67th and 71st Streets until mid-June.

Lane shifts continue northbound and southbound between 42nd Place and 46th Place through early July.

TEMPORARY RAMP CLOSURES:The northbound 71st Street entrance ramp is temporarily closed until late June.

NIGHTTIME ONLY LANE CLOSURES:The northbound left driving lane will be closed intermittently from 8 p.m. until5 a.m. at 69th Street until late June and at 45th Street until mid-July.

Nighttime only closures will continue intermittently through the fall.

BY-PASS TRACKS IN SERVICE:CTA trains are using by-pass tracks between 43rd and 45th Streets until mid-July.

The set of by-pass tracks that have been in place between 69th and 71st Streets since mid-April will discontinue the weekend of June 11 ? 13, allowing trains to return to the main tracks.

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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