Utility relocation and property demolition work

Property demolition and advance utility relocation work

Update: March 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 begins March 8, 2019

As part of our ongoing investment to improve rail service, the CTA will make track improvements on the Red Line at Addison to eliminate slow zones and to minimize the potential for existing track conditions to evolve into future slow zones during RPM Phase One construction. The Addison work begins March 8 and will be completed April 1, ahead of the Cubs home opener on April 8. The track improvements near Addison will provide smoother rides by replacing aging track equipment and will improve 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. 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 substantially completed in late 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 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. 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.


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Utility work on Winona and Kenmore 03/25/2019

Utility work will affect dropoff and pickup locations for Goudy Elementary students. Download Document

Utility work on Winthrop and Foster 03/25/2019

Utility work will create lane restrictions on Foster and Winthrop. Download Document

Goudy Elementary dropoff and pickup changes starting March 25 03/25/2019

Utility work will require parents to drop off and pick up children in the alley to the east of Goudy school starting March 25. Download Document

Electric utility work on Sheffield and Clark 03/18/2019

Utility relocation work on sections of Sheffield and Clark will create intermittent alley closures and restricted access to garages during the work period. ComEd will connect customers to new electrical services, which will require temporary power loss of about 30 minutes. Download Document

Utility work near Goudy school 03/18/2019

Utility relocation work will alter the dropoff and pickup location for students. Download Document

Utility work at Foster and Winthrop 03/18/2019

Utility work at Winthrop and Foster will include lane impacts on Foster and Winthrop. Download Document

ComEd utility work on Winthrop Lawrence Leland 03/13/2019

Utility relocation work on sections of Lawrence, Leland and Winthrop will create intermittent alley closures and restricted access to garages during the work period. Download Document

ComEd work Bryn Mawr and Broadway 03/11/2019

Utility work will be performed in the alley north of 1124 to 1144 W Bryn Mawr and at 5533 to 5611 N Broadway, with intermittent alley closures,lane restrictions on Broadway, and limited garage access.​ Download Document

Addison track improvement work 03/08/2019

CTA will perform track improvement work at Addison Red Line that will have temporary impacts on the community, including noise and truck traffic, and on Red Line service. Download Document

Utility work in Seminary, Newport and Sheffield alleys 03/05/2019

Telecom utility work will be performed in the alley east of 3401-3425 N Seminary, the alley south of 1015-1043 W Newport and the alley west of 3400-3424 N Sheffield. 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.