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Major Utility Relocation Starting In Edgewater To Prep For Red Line Modernization

With the Red Purple Line Modernization Project fully funded, Edgewater will start to see the immense project take over the area in 2020. In order to prepare for the construction, extensive advance utility relocation is required and expected to begin this Spring.

The work will involve electric, gas, water, sewer and telecommunications utilities in the alleyways East and West of the red line tracks. Temporary alley and street closures will be necessary as work begins with the alley East of the tracks serving Winthrop between Leland and Lawrence and then moving Northward through the summer.

The scope of the work will include removal of above ground power lines running pole-to-pole, relocation of transformers, new underground trench where power and communications lines will be installed and new service lines which will rise up from the underground trench on shorter poles to adjacent properties. Trenching is expect to be complete by Fall of this year and the full utility relocation finished by Summer 2019.

The CTA is warning residents of increased noise and vibrations from heavy equipment during the relocation. With alleyways temporarily closed during work, the CTA says they will work with residents’ parking issues. Utility providers are expected to minimize service interruptions and will provide advance notice to the community.

When the ambitious Red Purple Modernization plan is complete after years of work, the area will see reconstruction and expansion of four stations (Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr) with ADA accessibility as well as updated 1.3 miles of 90-year-old track and embankments. The red line will also receive a new higher-capacity signal system from approximately Belmont Avenue to Howard Street allowing for increased throughput of trains and reliability.

The CTA is promising extensive community outreach during the project. They have announced a dedicated project outreach team,  regular public meetings before and throughout the project, a Community Outreach Storefront to open to support the community and efforts to help affected businesses.

According to the CTA, they strongly encourage feedback by emailing them at RPM@transitchicago.com or contacting Jeff Wilson, CTA Government and Community Relations, at (312) 681-2712. Go to www.transitchicago.com/RPMproject for more information.

 


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