RPM construction has begun

December 2019

Better CTA service is coming! We've broken ground on the transformational Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project, with work beginning on a key component of RPM, the Red-Purple Bypass north of Belmont station. The bypass will allow for more trains, less congestion and a less cramped commute to work. We have also begun preparatory work for the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization project, another major part of RPM Phase One. 

The modernization project has many steps, and it is important to know when and how you or your business may be affected.  Sign up for construction impact alerts in your community here. Click here for Construction Activity Notices related to this project.

Red-Purple Bypass

We broke ground on the Red-Purple Bypass bridge in October 2019. The bypass will be completed in 2021 and will carry Kimball-bound Brown Line trains over Red and Purple Line tracks north of Belmont, easing train congestion and improving service for our customers.

After we finish the bypass, we will begin rebuilding the century-old Red and Purple Line tracks underneath the bypass, between Belmont and between Cornelia and Newport. The new Purple and Red Line tracks will be completed by the end of 2024, providing a smoother and more comfortable ride for our customers. See the latest construction activity notices by clicking here.

Red-Purple Bypass track foundation construction, November 2019

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization

We will begin major reconstruction of Lawrence to Bryn Mawr in late 2020 or early 2021. Ahead of that, there’s plenty of work under way or coming in 2020 to get ready for this historic project.

In 2020, we will:

  • Build temporary rail stations at Argyle and Bryn Mawr to serve customers while Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr are closed for reconstruction. We expect to close these four stations at the start of major construction, either in late 2020 or early 2021 – we will provide the community and customers with notice in advance of the closures.
  • Perform trackwork that prepares our Red and Purple Line tracks to run service on two train tracks while we’re rebuilding the other two, as part of our promise to continue to provide train service during the entire construction period.
  • Hold meetings with the public on what work is coming and when, and get your feedback and answer your questions.

See the latest construction activity notices by clicking here.

Advance utility relocation work and property demolition

In 2018, we began the pre-construction phase of Red and Purple Line Modernization (RPM) Phase One, which included property demolition and relocation of utility lines and equipment. It was necessary to complete this work before we could begin major construction of RPM 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 began October 2019 and will be fully completed in 2025. 

We expect to substantially complete advance utility relocation work in 2020. Property demolition work was substantially completed in 2019. 

 

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 Mobilization, Staging & Drilled Shaft Foundation Installation on W. Roscoe Street 01/20/2020

The Contractor Walsh|Fluor will be conducting equipment mobilization, staging & drilled shaft foundation installation on W Roscoe Street, between Clark Street & Sheffield Avenue. During the work period W Roscoe Street will be closed from Clark Street to Sheffield Avenue, there will be side walk impacts, and there will be minimal traffic disruptions on N Clark Street as equipment is moved from W Roscoe Street to 3370 N Clark Street. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr modernization- Earth Retention System Installation at 5817-5853 N. Broadway Avenue 01/17/2020

The contractor Walsh|Fluor will be conducting Earth Retention System Installation in the alley east of 5817-5853 N. Broadway Avenue, N Broadway Avenue between Bryn Mawr Avenue to Ardmore Avenue , and W Ardmore Avenue between Broadway Avenue to Winthrop Avenue. During work hours there will be sidewalk impacts, parking lane impacts on Broadway Avenue, local traffic only to access parking lots via Ardmore Avenue from Broadway Avenue, and general construction noise impacts. Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass: Micro Drilling and Installation on W. Roscoe St, W. Newport Ave, N. Sheffield Ave, N. Seminary Ave. 01/06/2020

Walsh|Fluor will be conducting micropile drilling and installation at 1012– 1042 W. Roscoe Street, 1015–1043 W. Newport Avenue, 3400–420 N. Sheffield Avenue, 3401–3425 N. Seminary Avenue. During work hours the alleys will be closed to through traffic, vehicles will be unable to enter/exit garages and parking spaces the alley behind Roscoe Street, Newport Avenue and the alley west of Sheffield Avenue and east of Seminary Avenue. For parking information contact Walsh|Fluor at 312-971-7797. Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass: Equipment Mobilization, Staging & Drill Shaft Foundation Installation on Clark St, Roscoe St, and Sheffield Ave 01/04/2020

The Contractor, Walsh|Fluor will be conducting equipment mobilization, staging & drill shaft foundation installation at W Roscoe Street between N Sheffield Avenue and N Clark Street, and N Sheffield Avenue between W Roscoe Street and N Clark Street. During Work hours there will be different impacts that are based on the work that will be taking place please review the attached Construction Activity Notice for more detailed impact information. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization: Multiple Overhead and Underground Utility Work at 4832 to 5100 N. Winthrop Avenue 12/23/2019

ComEd/RCN/Comcast/AT&T Overhead and Underground Utility Work in the alley west of 4832 to 5100 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

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization- Overhead and Underground Utility Work at 4700 to 4832 N. Winthrop Avenue 12/16/2019

ComEd/RCN/Comcast/AT&T will be conducting overhead and underground utility work in the alley west of 4700 to 4832 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

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization: Track Allignment work 5817-5853 N. Broadway and W Ardmore Avenue between Broadway Avenue to Winthrop Avenue 12/13/2019

The contractor Walsh|Fluor will be conducting track alignment work at W Ardmore Avenue between Broadway Avenue to Winthrop Avenue and the alley east of 5817-5853 N. Broadway Avenue. During work hours W Ardmore Avenue between Broadway Avenue to Winthrop Avenue will be closed to vehicular and bicyclist traffic, there will be sidewalk impacts, the alley will be local traffic only to access parking lots via Ardmore Avenue from Broadway Avenue, there will be noise while work is being performed. Download Document

Red-Purple Bypass- Special Impact to residents Micropile drilling and installation at 1028 to 1042 W. Roscoe Street and 1029 to 1041 W. Newport Avenue 12/09/2019

Walsh|Fluor will be conducting Micropile drilling and installation at 1028 to 1042 W. Roscoe Street and 1029 to 1041 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, and the alley east of N Seminary Avenue between W Newport Avenue and W Roscoe Street will be closed to through traffic. Download Document

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization- Multiple Utility work at 5100 to 5300 N. Winthrop 12/09/2019

ComEd/AT&T/RCN/Comcast will be conducting utility work in the alley east of 5100 to 5300 N. Winthrop. 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

Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization- Track work at 5817-5853 N. Broadway Avenue 12/05/2019

The Contractor,Walsh|Fluor will be conducting traction cable relocation and retaining wall repair work in the alley east of 5817-5853 N. Broadway Avenue. During work hours the alley will be closed within the work area but the contractor will allow vehicle access to enter and exit garages and parking spaces when possible. 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.