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

RPM soil boring work in 4900-4999 N Winthrop alley 07/17/2019

Soil boring work in preparation for the Red and Purple Modernization project will require an alley closure in the alley west of Winthrop between Ainslie and Argyle. Download Document

RCN Comcast Underground Utility Work 1105-1115 W Berwyn 07/15/2019

Utility work will require temporary traffic lane changes and closures, sidewalk closures and relocation of bus stops at Berwyn and Broadway serving the #92 Foster and the #146 Inner Drive bus routes. Download Document

ComEd utility work in alley west of 5730 to 5814 N Winthrop 07/15/2019

Utility work will include temporary alley closures and occasionally restrict access to garages during the work duration. Download Document

Utility relocation work 1109 to 1117 W Bryn Mawr 07/08/2019

Utility work will require some parking restrictions on Bryn Mawr, traffic lane shifts, occasional sidewalk closures and the temporary relocation of a #84 bus stop. Download Document

RCN/Comcast utility work at 1107 W Winona 07/08/2019

Utility work will require some parking restrictions, traffic lane shifts and occasional sidewalk closures.​ Download Document

Utility relocation work from 1101 to 1126 W Lawrence 07/08/2019

Utility work will require some parking restrictions on Lawrence, traffic lane shifts, occasional sidewalk closures and the temporary relocation of the #81 bus stop at the Lawrence station. Download Document

Utility relocation work Clark Sheffield and School streets 07/08/2019

Utility work will include occasional alley closures that will restrict access to garages and parking spaces; some sidewalk closures and parking restrictions; and some lane shifts and closures in the work area. Download Document

RCN and Comcast utility work on Berwyn 06/28/2019

Utility work will be performed at 1105 to 1115 W Berwyn and will include traffic lane shifts and closures; sidewalk impacts; and parking limitations during the work period. Download Document

RCN/Comcast utility work 06/27/2019

Utility work will be performed at 1109 to 1114 W Balmoral and will include traffic lane shifts and closures; sidewalk impacts; and parking limitations during the work period. Download Document

RPM soil boring work 5200-5299 N Winthrop 06/19/2019

Soil boring work will require closure of the alley west of Winthrop between Foster and Berwyn and affect access to garage 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.