Entrance at Polk Street to Serve as Primary Entrance for Customers
Starting Monday, May 11, the Polk Street entrance will serve as the primary entrance to the Harrison Red Line station while the Harrison Street entrance is under construction. The Polk Street entrance is one block south of the Harrison entrance at the southwest corner of Polk and State. The Harrison Street entrance will remain closed for five months in order to replace the escalator that connects the mezzanine to the platform.
CTA’s escalators range in age from 25- to 70-years-old. Last year, the agency began replacing escalators as part of its escalator modernization project.
Several escalators have already been replaced in the Red and Blue Line subways. On the Red Line, one platform to mezzanine escalator at Monroe/Adams; one street to mezzanine escalator at Adams/Jackson and one street to mezzanine escalator at Jackson/Van Buren have been replaced. On the Blue Line, the escalator leading from the platform to the mezzanine at the Randolph/Washington station has been replaced.
Escalators scheduled to be replaced include two from the street to the mezzanine level at Monroe/Adams, one from the street level to the mezzanine at Adams/Jackson on the Red Line; and one platform to mezzanine at the Blue Line Madison/Monroe station.
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