The CTA begins "one of its biggest 2012 construction projects" on April 20 with the Loop Track Renewal Project.
That's a lot of work being done simultaneously.
In the Loop, the project will replace about 11,500 feet of rail:
- Along the Wells and Van Buren sections of the Loop 'L'
- The Tower 18 and Tower 12 junctions at Lake/Wells and Wabash/Van Buren, respectively;
- Hubbard Curve, just north of the Merchandise Mart station
- A small portion of elevated track along Wabash between Adams and Van Buren
Most elements in the track bed (rail ties, walkways, etc.) will also be replaced. Portions of track in the above areas will be closed most weekends except the busiest in the summer, including weekend for these events: Taste of Chicago; Lollapalooza; Blues and Jazz Fests; and the Air and Water Show. The $33.8 million project is expected to be complete in Fall 2012.
Meanwhile , on the far North Side of the Red Line, seven stations are set to be closed for six weeks at a time through the end of the year. And portions of track will be shut on some weekends as well.
That's a lot of people inconvenienced with a lot of construction balls up in the air. I'm not saying these repairs shouldn't happen. In fact, they must. I'm just saying the CTA and its contractors will be under a lot of pressure and tight deadlines to get this work done on time.
So, good luck with that, folks!