Lawrence-to-Bryn Mawr Modernization: Stage A construction begins spring 2021
New CTA stations at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr are coming! The first of two major phases of station and track reconstruction between Lawrence and Bryn Mawr will begin in spring 2021.
CTA's RPM team hosted two virtual town hall meetings on March 2 and March 4, 2021, to update residents and riders surrounding the four Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Red Line stations on the CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project and what to expect during reconstruction of station and tracks between N. Ardmore and N. Leland avenues. Click here to watch our recent town hall meeting.
What can you expect?
2021 construction activities and Stage A overview
CTA anticipates the start of new station and track construction to begin in Spring 2021 and construction will be performed in two stages, Stage A (2021-2022) and Stage B (late 2022-2024).
Stage A includes:
- Lawrence and Berwyn stations close at the start of Stage A and CTA will open temporary rail stations at Argyle and Bryn Mawr to provide customers with access to Red Line service. Red and Purple Line service will continue throughout construction, with train service running on two tracks (the westernmost tracks) instead of the usual four tracks.
- CTA will demolish the northbound Red and Purple Line track structures (the two easternmost tracks) and begin the demolition of the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stationhouses. The track structures and stationhouses are all around 100 years old.
- After demolition, CTA will build new track foundation columns on the east side of the CTA track structure.
- New track structure construction will follow and be constructed with pre-cast concrete segments that are created off-site, trucked in, and installed with a gantry system.
A new Argyle temporary station entrance, above, and a new Bryn Mawr temporary station, right, will open in spring 2021 when Stage A construction begins.
CTA will provide the public with a more updated timeline on the start of Stage A when construction plans are finalized. When Stage A is completed, CTA train traffic will be rerouted to the new tracks so the westernmost tracks and new stations can be rebuilt in Stage B.
See what the new Red Line stations will look like!
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CTA in January 2021 unveiled new designs for four Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, and Bryn Mawr Red Line stations that will be fully reconstructed as part of the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One project. The new stations will include elevators and escalators, wider platforms, and vastly improved amenities, better serving the more than four million customers who enter the stations each year. Major construction work will begin this spring. Lawrence and Berwyn stations will close for 3 ½-4 years. Customers will be able to access the Red Line at Argyle and Bryn Mawr via temporary rail stations close to the original stationhouses. All stations are expected to be completed and open by the end of 2024.
Lawrence Red Line StationArgyle Red Line Station
Berwyn Red Line StationBryn Mawr Red Line Station
Red-Purple Bypass: Building the steel bridge structure
Construction of the new Red-Purple Bypass continues and will be completed later this year. After completed the construction of columns last summer, we began last fall installing steel to form the bridge starting from the south and moving north. In January 2021, we completed the installation of steel over the Red and Purple tracks and in February the steel was extended to west of Sheffield. The bypass will carry Kimball-bound Brown Line trains over the tracks. Learn more here.
After the bypass is finished, the RPM team 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 are expected be completed by the end of 2024.
Check out some recent photos!
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RPM construction has begun!
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.
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.
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