Friday, March 21, 2014

CTA begins Blue Line overhaul this weekend

The Chicago Transit Authority's Your New Blue track and station improvement program for the Blue Line O'Hare branch will begin this weekend, with track closures between Western and Logan Square.

 

The trackwork includes replacing crossties, tie plates and other track materials on the Milwaukee elevated track structure between the Damen and Logan Square stops, a section of line that opened in 1895 and still sits on the original structure. That work will require 10 temporary, weekend-only closures of small sections of the Blue Line, tentatively scheduled between March and August. The next track closure, between Western and Damen, is scheduled for April 4 through April 7.

Your New Blue is a $492-million project to provide faster, smoother commutes and improved stations along the Blue Line's O'Hare branch between the Grand and O'Hare stations. Your New Blue is the largest, most comprehensive investment in the Blue Line since the O'Hare branch was extended to the airport from Jefferson Park in 1983-1984.

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