Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CTA’s Red Line station improvement project set to begin

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Chicago Transportation Authority's Red North Interim Station Improvement project will begin Friday, June 1, resulting in the temporary closure of the Granville station for up to six weeks.

Granville is the first of seven stations that will be temporarily closed for several weeks this year while crews perform much-needed capital maintenance work to the stationhouses, platform, adjacent tracks and trackbed and viaduct.

Stations along the north Red Line are some of the oldest on the system, with most being built in the early 1900s and in need of being rebuilt from the ground up. This $86-million project will not only improve the quality and experience for riders and neighbors, it also will provide a life-extension for the seven stations that will last for many years until a more comprehensive reconstruction plan is approved and fully funded.

The work is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Building a New Chicago program, which is updating infrastructure that's critical to the city and includes improvements that will help ensure that CTA continues to serve customers as effectively as possible.

The Granville station will receive improvements to the viaduct over the street, the trackwork through the station, the station house and the platform. Enhancements will include:

• Concrete repairs, painting and sealing/coating of the viaduct
• Upgraded lighting under the viaduct
• Masonry repairs and new tuckpointing on the station house exterior
• New windows, doors and exterior lighting on the station house
• New station house interior finishes (i.e. walls, flooring, ceiling), lighting and signage
• Improved station house interior layout/circulation
• Sidewalk repairs and new bike racks outside of the station house
• Refurbished platform foundations, decking, fixtures and furnishings
• Refurbished canopy structure

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