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Edgewater Metra Station Contractor Selected, Work To Begin This Fall

After a decade-long struggle to get the Edgewater Metra station built, the contractor for the $15.2 million project was finally selected last week. The work is expected to commence this Fall.

It is clear that the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois have invested into the Northside’s transportation future. With both the Metra station and the Red Line work to take over the area this Fall, the end result will provide Edgewater more efficient and reliable commutes.

Last week Metra announced a major milestone in the construction of the new station at Peterson and Ravenswood by selecting the contractor. After conducting public bid openings via live Webcast since June, the Metra Board awarded the project to John Burns Construction Co.

Rehabilitation work on two bridges which currently stand over Peterson and Ridge will come first. Then two new platforms with shelters and on-demand heating as well as a new pedestrian bridge over Peterson Avenue will be constructed. In front of the station a new vehicle entrance with a cul-de-sac turnaround will be built along with five ADA and 44 pay parking spaces along Ravenswood Ave.

With offices in both Orland Park, Il and Lewisville, TX, John Burns Construction Co. has a multitude of construction efforts already under their belt. The company has already been awarded several other Chicagoland transit-oriented projects in the past by companies such as CTA, BNSF, UPRR, ISTHA, IDOT, and CDOT.

The station is expected to open 18 months after its groundbreaking.

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