Utility relocation and property demolition work

Property demolition and advance utility relocation work

Update: Fall 2018

In 2018, we began the pre-construction phase of RPM Phase One, which includes property demolition and relocation of utility lines and equipment. It’s necessary to complete this work before we can begin the Red and Purple Line Phase One modernization work, which will include rebuilding four Red Line stations (Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr and adjacent track structure as well as constructing a new Red-Purple Bypass (RPB) north of Belmont station. The major construction work for Phase One is tentatively expected to begin in the second half of 2019 and be completed in 2025.

Property demolition

To modernize our rail infrastructure under RPM Phase One, we determined that we needed to acquire a small number of properties so we could build and stage construction equipment. While some properties we’ve purchased will be locations for future rail infrastructure, others will be available for development after construction is completed.

Beginning in March 2018, we began pre-construction work associated with the RPB project. This work consisted of demolition of 10 buildings on Wilton Avenue and Clark Street and is now complete. Demolition of the remaining four buildings in the bypass area is expected to be completed in Fall 2018. CTA will provided details of fall demolition work once plans are finalized.

Additional details and maps outlining pre-construction work are available for download:

PDFRPB pre-construction property demolition

We met our goal of completing major exterior demolition work by Monday April 9, 2018 ahead of the Cubs’ opening home game at Wrigley Field and has now completed the spring phase of property demolition work.

Advance utility relocation work

To build modern stations and track structures that will provide better service to our customers, we need to relocate utility poles and wires near our tracks from overhead to underground so that the ‘L’ tracks can be rebuilt and new, larger and stations can be constructed.

We’ve begun the relocation of utility equipment, working with ComEd, AT&T and other utility service providers in both the Red-Purple Bypass (RPB) and the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization (LBMM) project areas.

Leading up to and during this work, we have been conducting extensive outreach and working closely with neighbors, business owners, and community groups to advise of upcoming work and what to expect. The impacts to the community will include occasional temporary alley and street/lane closures, and we’re providing notice to local communities as the work occurs.

All utility relocation work is expected to be completed Summer 2019.

Additional details and maps outlining pre-construction work, including the presentation from the April 18, 2018 community meeting are available for download:

PDFLBMM community meeting presentation - 04/18/18
PDFRPB community meeting presentation – 02/15/18
PDFLBMM pre-construction utility relocation work
PDFRPB pre-construction utility relocation work

Construction activity notices (CANs)

As we work hard to modernize the system for our riders, we know that our construction can and does affect people who live and work nearby. That is true for the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One project, which is why we make sure that we provide advanced notice to communities in the project footprint ahead of time about work that we will be doing.

Below are the Construction Activity Notices (CANs) that we have issued for RPM Phase One work:

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ComEd Utility Work 5200 to 5269 N Winthrop Alley 11/12/2018

Utility work may affect access to parking in the alley west of 5200 to 5269 N Winthrop. Download Document

ComEd Utility work in alley near 3421 N Seminary 11/07/2018

Utility work planned near 3421 N Seminary may affect access to parking. Download Document

Utility Relocation Work 1106 W Lawrence 4800-4848 N Winthrop 1108-1138 W Ainslie 11/05/2018

Utility relocation work is planned for the alleys west of 1106 W Lawrence and 4800 to 4848 N Winthrop, and for Ainslie Street between 1108 and 1138 W Ainslie. Work may affect access to alleys and parking.​ Download Document

ComEd Utility Work on Catalpa Ave and nearby alleys 11/01/2018

Utility work is planned for Catalpa Avenue and the alleys next to the CTA tracks between Balmoral and Catalpa. Download Document

ComEd Restoration Work 3211-3215 N Sheffield 10/31/2018

Utility restoration work at 3211 to 3215 N Sheffield may affect access to parking. Download Document

ComEd Restoration Work 3317-3321 N Sheffield 10/30/2018

Utility restoration work planned at 3317 to 3321 N Sheffield may affect access to parking. Download Document

Utility Work N Winthrop W Argyle N Broadway W Winona 10/29/2018

Utility work will occur in the alley west of 5012 to 5060 N Winthrop; from 1104 to 1108 W Argyle; alley east of 5033 to 5059 N Broadway and at 1125 W Winona. Access to parking may be affected. Download Document

ComEd Utility Work 3421 N Seminary 10/29/2018

Utility work planned next to 3421 N Seminary may affect parking access. Download Document

Site Preparation and Building Demolition 1111 W Bryn Mawr 10/29/2018

Site preparation and demolition of CTA property at 1111 W Bryn Mawr. Download Document

ComEd Restoration Work 3223 N Sheffield 10/25/2018

Utility work in the alley next to 3223 N Sheffield may affect Download Document

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Note: The above includes only Construction Activity Notices related to the RPM Program as an added courtesy during the program, and does not include those related to regular maintenance to our structure or tracks, even in the area of where RPM work is taking place. Other types of Construction Activity Notices are distributed locally, only.