In a burst of CTA construction activity, Mayor Emanuel Tuesday announced the construction of two new CTA rail station.
One new station will serve McCormick Place at Cermak on the Green Line. Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2013 on the $50-million, TIF-supported project, with completion set for July 2014. The platform will be a center-island configuration for an eight-car train with canopy coverage for six cars. The station also will include an auxiliary exit to the north side of 23rd Street. It will help fill the two-mile-long void on the Green Line between the Roosevelt and 35th/Bronzeville stations.
The second station on the east side of the Loop elevated structure will replace two separate century-old stations on Wabash at Randolph and Madison. The new station will be located along Wabash Avenue south of Washington Street. The Washington/Wabash Loop L station will cost about $75 million to build over about 18 months, with construction set to begin in April 2013. The fare controls, stairs, escalators, elevators, electrical, security and communications rooms will be on the mezzanine level, according to a press release. The station will be entirely new and will meet ADA standards with new elevators from the street to mezzanine and platform levels. The platform capacity will be enlarged from the existing 7’-6” width to 10’ to 13’ widths.
The mayor also mentioned the upcoming renovation project of the Clark/Division Red Line station. Here are details from the press release:
This $86.6 million subway renovation project includes the construction of a brand new 6,300 square-foot mezzanine for the Clark/Division Red Line subway station. It will be the first new mezzanine to be constructed since the Red Line subway was originally built in the 1940s. In addition to the new mezzanine at LaSalle, the original Clark mezzanine and platform will also be completely renovated and brought up to current CTA standards.
The project highlights include: energy efficient lighting; new fare collection equipment; granite floors; state-of-the-art communication and security equipment; new signage; new enclosed stairs and escalators; and new wall and ceiling architectural finishes. The renovation of this station will upgrade the deteriorated an out-of-date facility and enhance the station’s appearance and operation.
Construction of the new mezzanine and platform at LaSalle Street will begin in March and will be completed in 24 months. Than the 12-month renovation of the existing platform and mezzanine at Clark Street will begin, with the entire project completed by March 2015.
These projects were expected to create about 4,000 new jobs, either directly or indirectly, said Emanuel. The mayor made the announcement while reviewing the recently completed rehab of the Grand/State Red Line station. More on that project Thursday.