Utility relocation and property demolition work

Property demolition and advance utility relocation work

Update: Summer 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.

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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Underground Utility Relocation Work 1020 W Newport 9/20/2018

Utility work in alley behind 1020 W. Newport may impact garage/parking access. Read More

ComEd Overhead and Underground Utility Work 5630-5638 N Winthrop 9/20/2018

Utility work in alley behind 5630-5638 N Winthrop may impact access to garages/parking.​ Read More

ComEd Overhead and Underground Utility Work 1019-1021 W Newport 9/14/2018

ComEd overhead and utility work will restrict vehicle access to garages and parking spaces during stated work hours and may restrict access after hours. Read More

ComEd Overhead and Underground Work Seminary-Newport-Sheffield 9/14/2018

Utility work in alley east of 3401-3425 N Seminary, alley south of 1015-1043 W Newport and alley west of 3400-3424 N Sheffield may result in alleys being... Read More

ComEd Utility Work 1041 Newport_1040 Roscoe 9/13/2018

ComEd utility work will result in restriction of vehicle access to garages and parking spaces via the alley during stated work hours and a possibility... Read More

ComEd Overhead and Underground Utility Work Bryn Mawr and Winthrop 9/10/2018

Utility work in the alley west of 1106 W Bryn Mawr Ave and the alley west of 5600 to 5650 N Winthrop Ave. Read More

ComEd Overhead and Underground Utility Work Lawrence and Winthrop 9/10/2018

Utility work in the alley west of 1106 W Lawrence and the alley west of 4800 to 4848 N Winthrop. Read More

ComEd Overhead and Underground Utility Work Alley 5700-5814 Winthrop 9/4/2018

Utility work in the alley west of 5700-5814 N Winthrop Read More

ComEd Overhead and Underground Utility Work 5700-5814 Winthrop 9/4/2018

Utility work in the alley west of 5700 to 5814 N Winthrop Ave Read More

ComEd Underground Utility Work 1020-22 Roscoe 1023 Newport 8/27/2018

ComEd utility underground work 1020-22 W Roscoe and 1023 W Newport Read More

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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.