Utility relocation and property demolition work

Property demolition and advance utility relocation work

Update: Fall 2018/Winter 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.

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 to early Winter 2019. 

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 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.

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

Building demolition at 3328 N Clark 12/29/2018

Demolition and demo preparation of the building at 3328 N Clark will result in some partial sidewalk closures and noise related to equipment, truck traffic and other demo-related sources. Pest abatement efforts will continue throughout the work activity period. Download Document

ComEd building service power switch 3400 N Sheffield 12/27/2018

Occupants of 3400 N Sheffield may lose power for up to four hours while ComEd switches its service to new utility equipment. Download Document

Underground utility work 1100-1138 W Ainslie 4848 N Winthrop 12/26/2018

Utility manhole work will result in a temporary road closure on Ainslie and related impacts. Download Document

Underground utility work 1100-1112 W Winona 12/26/2018

Winona will be closed from west of the CTA Red Line tracks to Winthrop while manhole work is performed. The contractor will make sure there is access for garbage pickup in the alley during the closures.​ Download Document

Utility work planned for alley west of 5700-5814 N Winthrop 12/24/2018

Utility work performed in the alley west of 5700-5814 N Winthrop is expected to affect access to parking.​ Download Document

Utility work alleys east of 3201-3357 N Sheffield and 3301-3328 N Clark 12/24/2018

Utility work performed in the alley east of 3201-3357 N Sheffield and at 3301-3328 N Clark is expected to affect access to parking. Download Document

Utility work planned in Seminary Newport Sheffield area 12/24/2018

Utility work performed in the alley east of 3401-3425 N Seminary, south of 1015-1043 W Newport and west of 3400-3424 N Sheffield is expected to affect access to parking. Download Document

Utility work alley w of 5300-5358 N Winthrop and 1108-1122 W Balmoral 12/24/2018

Utility work performed in the alley west of 5300-5358 N Winthrop and at 1108-1122 W Balmoral is expected to affect access to parking. Download Document

Utility work alley w of 5400-5450 N Winthrop and 1112-1138 W Catalpa 12/20/2018

Utility work performed in the alley west of 5400-5450 N Winthrop and at 1112-1138 W Catalpa is expected to affect access to parking. Download Document

ComEd Overhead and Underground Utility work 3255-3257 N Sheffield 12/18/2018

Utility work planned for 3255-3257 N Sheffield may affect 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.