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Berwyn and Lawrence Train Stations To Close Next Month And Demolition Will Begin

Starting next month the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) will begin the first of two major phases to rebuild four redline train stations and the connecting 100-year-old section of track that extends through Uptown and Edgewater.

CTA made the announcement today as they plan to commence work on the Red Purple Line Modernization Project’s Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Stage A. The Lawrence and Berwyn stations will officially close on May 16 so that crews can begin demolition on them and two other stations at Argyle and Bryn Mawr. The four new stations are not expected to reopen until late 2024.

Red and Purple Line service will continue throughout construction. As the Eastbound tracks are replaced during Stage A, the two Westbound tracks will be shared by both train lines. Stage B will be similar to A but will focus on the rebuild of the Westbound set of tracks as trains share the East rails.

The same day that Lawrence and Berwyn close, temporary Red Line stations at Argyle and Bryn Mawr will open to customers to allow for demolition and rebuild of the existing structures. The 11 bridges that span cross streets between the four stations are also expected to be demolished and rebuilt using pre-cast concrete segments that are manufactured off-site.

In addition, the #81 Lawrence and the #92 Foster will be rerouted starting on May 16 to provide bus-rail transfers. The #81 Lawrence will be rerouted to the Wilson Red and Purple Line transfer station. The #92 Foster will be rerouted to the Bryn Mawr temporary Red Line station.

According to the CTA, the new modern Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr Red Line stations will be larger and fully accessible with elevators, wider platforms, and vastly improved amenities. the new tracks that connect the stations are expected to provide a smoother, more comfortable and more reliable ride.

If you  are looking for additional information about the RPM project visit transitchicago.com/RPM. To sign up for project alerts, go to transitchicago.com/RPMalerts.


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