Utility relocation and property demolition work

Property demolition and advance utility relocation work

Update: April 2019

In 2018, we began the pre-construction phase of Red and Purple Line Modernization (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 Phase One 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 late 2019 and be completed in 2025.

New: Addison track improvement work completed April 1, 2019

As part of our ongoing investment to improve rail service, the CTA completed track improvements on the Red Line at Addison that eliminated slow zones and minimize the potential for existing track conditions to evolve into future slow zones during RPM Phase One construction. The Addison work began March 8 and was completed April 1, ahead of the Cubs home opener on April 8. The track improvements near Addison provide smoother rides by replacing aging track equipment, improving service reliability over the long term. For more information, click on the link below to see our informational flyers.

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 Spring 2018, we began pre-construction work associated with the Red-Purple Bypass project. Demolition is now substantially complete.

Additional details and maps outlining demolition work are available for download:

PDFRed-Purple Bypass project area spring demolition

PDFRed-Purple Bypass project area fall demolition

PDFLawrence to Bryn Mawr project area fall demolition 

 

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 in the second half of 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. This is why we provide advanced notice to communities in the RPM project footprint about work that we will be doing. Construction Activity Notices (CANs) that we have issued for RPM Phase One work can be found here (scroll down the page). They are also emailed to affected residents and businesses and physically posted in work site areas.

 
 

Latest News

Red-Purple Bypass: Equipment Staging & Drill Shaft Foundation Installation on W School street and 3324 to 3328 N. Clark Street 11/19/2019

The Contractor, Walsh|Fluor will be conducting equipment staging & Drill Shaft Foundation Installation work in the alley west of 3324 – 3328 N. Clark Street and W School Street, between CTA tracks and N Wilton Avenue. During work hours W. School Street will be closed to through traffic between the CTA tracks and N. Wilton Avenue each work day, and The sidewalk on the north side of School Street within the work area will be closed, the sidewalk on the south side of School Street will remain open.​ Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass- Special Impact to 3200 Block of N Wilton Avenue, from Belmont Avenue to School Street 11/19/2019

Due to work being conducted by the contractor Walsh|Fluor North Wilton Avenue will be northbound from the 3200 Block of N Wilton Avenue, from Belmont Avenue to School Street. Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass: PGL Asphalt and ADA Ramp Restoration at multiple locations. 11/15/2019

PGL will be conducting Asphalt and ADA Ramp Restoration work at 3351 to 3414 N. Sheffield Avenue, 911 to 938 W. School Street, 3323 to 3408 N. Clark Street, 950 to 1014 W. Roscoe Street, 3241 to 3255 N. Wilton Avenue. During work hours there be will be partial sidewalk and ADA ramp closures at the intersections of Roscoe and Sheffield and Roscoe and Clark, lane shifts in the work area, Parking will be restricted in the work area. On November 28th there will be no work. Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass: Special Impact to residents Micropile drilling and installation at 3406 N. Sheffield Avenue , 1014 to 1020-22 W. Roscoe Street, and 1015 to 1021 W. Newport Avenue 11/11/2019

Walsh|Fluor will be conducting Micropile drilling and installation at 3406 N. Sheffield Avenue, and 1014 to 1020-22 W. Roscoe Street, and 1015 to 1021 W. Newport Avenue. Vehicle access to garages and parking spaces will be blocked during the dates and times listed. Impacted residents must park in the lot reserved for you at the corner of Newport and Clark Street. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization: ComEd Underground Utility Work at 1100 to 1134 W. Argyle Street 11/11/2019

ComEd will be conducting underground utility work at 1100 to 1134 W. Argyle Street. During work hours there will be lane shifts and closures on Argyle Street, parking will be limited within the work area, the alleys may be closed intermittently, and sidewalks will be closed. Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass: Relocate junction box in alley at 900 to 918 W. School Street and 3324-3328 N. Clark Street 11/06/2019

Walsh|Fluor will be conducting alley junction box relocation work at 900 to 918 W. School Street and the alley west of 3324-3328 N. Clark Street. During the work hours the parking lane on the north side of the street within the work zone will be closed and the alley will be closed, however the contractor will allow vehicle access to enter and exit garages when possible. Download Document

Red Purple Bypass- Micropile Drilling and Installation 1015 to 1043 W. Newport and 1014 to 1042 W. Roscoe 11/04/2019

The Contractor,Walsh|Fluor will be conducting micropile drilling and installation work in the alley behind 1015 to 1043 W. Newport and 1014 to 1042 W. Roscoe. During the work hours the alley will be closed, vehicles will be unable to access/exit garages/ parking spaces. The contractor will maintain garbage and recycling pickup along with notifying residents of specific parking impacts. If you have not received the alternative parking information/ pass please contact Walsh|Fluor at 312-971-7797. ​ Download Document

Red Purple Bypass- Micropile Drilling and Installation 1015 to 1043 W. Newport and 1014 to 1042 W. Roscoe and 3406 N. Sheffield 11/04/2019

The Contractor,Walsh|Fluor will be conducting micropile drilling and installation work in the alley behind 1015 to 1043 W. Newport, 1014 to 1042 W. Roscoe and 3406 N. Sheffield. During the work hours the alley will be closed, vehicles will be unable to access the alley. The contractor will maintain garbage and recycling pickup along with notifying residents of specific parking impacts. If you have not received the alternative parking information/ pass please contact Walsh|Fluor at 312-971-7797. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization- Multiple overhead and underground utility work at 4832 to 4928 N. Winthrop Avenue 11/04/2019

ComEd, RCN, Comcast, and AT&T will be conducting overhead and underground utility work in the alley west of 4832 to 4928 N. Winthrop Avenue . During work hours the alley may be intermittently closed and vehicle access to enter/exit garages and parking spaces via the alley may be restricted. Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass- RCN/AT&T overhead and underground utility work at 3200 to 3245 N. Clark Street and 952 W. Belmont Avenue 11/04/2019

RCN/ AT&T will be conducting underground and overhead utility work in the alley east of 3200 to 3245 N. Clark Street and 952 W. Belmont Avenue. During work hours the alley may be intermittently closed and vehicle access to enter/exit garages and parking spaces via the alley may be restricted. 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.