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 and Drill Shaft Foundation Insallation 09/25/2019

To begin work on the Red-Purple Bypass, equipment staging and foundation work will begin on September 25 in the CTA-owned property along Wilton Avenue between Belmont Avenue and School Street. Download Document

Utility relocation work in alleys by Clark and Sheffield and on School 09/16/2019

Advance utility relocation work will affect access to alleys and parking, and will require parking restrictions on School Street. Download Document

ComEd and telecom utility work4722-4832 N Winthrop and 1101-1106 W Lawrence 09/03/2019

Advance utility relocation work will affect alley access and will require temporary relocation of the #81 Lawrence Red Line Station bus stop. Download Document

Utility relocation work 4832-4928 N Winthrop alley and 1100-1138 W Ainslie 09/03/2019

Advance utility relocation work will affect alley access and may restrict access to parking. Download Document

Utility relocation work 5336-5428 N Winthrop 09/03/2019

Advance utility relocation work will affect alley access including access to parking. Download Document

Utility work on Foster and Winthrop 08/19/2019

There will be traffic lane shifts and limited parking during the work period. Download Document

Utility work Catalpa and Winthrop 08/19/2019

Utility work will affect access to alleys and garage parking during the work period. Download Document

Utility work 4208-4364 N Kenmore alley 08/19/2019

Utility work will affect access to alleys and garage parking during the work period. Download Document

Utility work 3324-3424 N Sheffield and 964-1030 W Roscoe 08/12/2019

There will be lane restrictions and restricted parking during the work period. Download Document

RCN Comed Service Transfers 5530-5628 N Winthrop 08/12/2019

Construction will require temporary alley closures, restricting access to parking. 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.