September 23, 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 September 26 ? October 3:

LANE SHIFTS:The northbound lane shift that has been in place between 30th and 34th Streets since June has ended and the southbound lane shift is scheduled to end on Monday, September 27.

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.

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 late October. Motorists are encouraged to use the entrance ramp at 87th Street.

NIGHTTIME ONLY LANE CLOSURES: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:CTA trains will begin using by-pass tracks northbound between 79th and 75th Streets Friday, October 1 and southbound Saturday, October 2. The by-pass tracks will be in place until mid-November.

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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