October 21, 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 $294 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 October 24 - 31:

LANE SHIFTS:Lane shifts continue in both directions between 92nd and 96th Streets until early November.

Lane shifts continue in both directions between 52nd and 56th Streets until early November.

Lane shifts continue in both directions between 76th and 79th Streets until mid-November.

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

NIGHTTIME ONLY LANE CLOSURES:Nighttime only lane closures will occur at various locations along the Dan Ryan adjacent to the Red Line tracks intermittently through the fall.

BY-PASS TRACKS IN SERVICE:CTA Red Line trains will discontinue using the set of by-pass tracks between 52nd and 56th Streets October 22 and 24. Trains are expected to return to the main track.

CTA trains continue using by-pass tracks between 75th and 79th Streets until early November.

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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