CTA Reminds Customers of Temporary Closure of Harrison Station Entrance

June 12, 2014

Customers to use the Polk auxiliary entrance during 42-day closure of the main entrances


The Chicago Transit Authority reminds customers that beginning at 4 a.m. Monday, June 16, the two main entrances to the Harrison Red Line station will be temporarily closed for 42 days to allow crews to perform the final phase of upgrade and structural rehabilitation work on the north end of the facility.

The CTA began the station’s $10 million rehabilitation project in April to make the 70-year old station brighter, cleaner and safer for the 1.4 million people who use it each year.

For the next six weeks, customers who want to access Red Line service at the Harrison station should use the recently rehabilitated Polk Street entrance, which will serve as the primary station entrance/exit and feature additional temporary fare equipment to accommodate increased passenger use. 

The two main entrances are scheduled to re-open on Monday, July 28.

During this time, crews will construct two new entrance canopies and also perform structural and renewal repairs, such as waterproofing to reduce pooling of water in the mezzanine and platform areas; installation of new granite flooring and ceramic wall tile; new LED lighting; and repairs to the stairways.

The Harrison station project is part of a larger $92 million transportation investment in the Near South Side announced late last summer by Mayor Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool. Other transportation improvement projects included in this investment are the recently completed rehabilitation of the Orange Line’s 18th Street Connector – a half-mile stretch of elevated structure that carries Orange Lines trains traveling to/from the Loop; the new Cermak-McCormick Place Green Line station currently under construction; Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) improvements to Roosevelt Road and the recently reconstructed auxiliary entrance at the Roosevelt CTA station.

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