CTA RED LINE/DAN RYAN EXPRESSWAY TRAFFIC UPDATE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 19 - 26

September 16, 2004
9/16/04

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 September 19 ? 26:

LANE SHIFTS:Lane shifts are in place southbound between 76th and 79th Streets and are scheduled to be in place northbound on Wednesday, September 22. Lane shifts will be in place until mid-November.

Lane shifts continue in both directions between 30th and 34th Streets until the end of September.

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

Lane shifts continue in both directions between 52nd and 56th Streets until the end of October.

TEMPORARY RAMP CLOSURES:Note: Engineering teams have determined that the northbound and southbound ramps at 79th Street that were scheduled to close this month, will not have to close and will remain open for the duration of the project.

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 left driving lanes in both directions at 33rd Street will be closed intermittently from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. until the end of September.

The northbound left driving lane at 95th Street will be closed intermittently from8 p.m. until 5 a.m. until early October.

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:The set of by-pass tracks between 92nd and 96th Streets will continue northbound until Friday, September 24 and southbound until Saturday, September 25 when trains are expected to return to the main track.

CTA trains continue using by-pass tracks between 52nd and 56th 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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