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Berwyn And Lawrence Red Line Stops Could Close For 3 Years During CTA Modernization

cta1As the CTA attempts to undergo its largest capital investment project in its history, they hope to rebuild 100-year-old sections of the Red Line and Purple Line to meet demands of an ever growing ridership. The Red Line project will affect the route between Belmont and Howard. Here in Edgewater and Uptown to our South, the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr stations will be completely rebuilt. The plan also calls for the rebuilding of all tracks, support structures, bridges, and viaducts between Leland and near Ardmore avenues.

But with this modernization project comes big headaches for area residents. It was reported today that during the initial phase of construction, both the Berwyn and Lawrence stations would close for 18 months. Thorndale, Bryn Mawr, Argyle and Wilson stations will remain open. The first phase could commence in 2017.

cta2During the 18-24 month second phase of the project, both Berwyn and Lawrence will remain closed. That would mean that both aging stations would be out of service for three years. Also during this second phase, the Argyle station would close and Bryn Mawr would only be open to south-bound riders. In addition, it was reported that a temporary stop at Foster/Winona could be opened to ease the commuter burden.

The CTA originally thought it would need to acquire three properties to undergo the project. It has now been announced it will only need one property, a used car dealership on the 5600 block of N. Broadway Ave.

The $1.7 billion in needed funds have not yet been fully approved for the project. The CTA currently has $50 million in state, local and federal funds. The Federal Transit Administration still needs to evaluate Environmental Assessments for both the Red-Purple Bypass and the Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization projects. Their final decision will give the CTA the green light to move forward into the next phase of the project implementation (engineering) and qualify for additional federal funding.

A public hearing regarding the project will be held on Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway Ave.

 


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