Loop "L" project to replace two miles of track

(Another in a series of posts about current CTA capital improvement projects.)

In April the CTA began the $34 million Loop Track Renewal project.  It 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

Here's how the CTA explains why it is doing this project:

The Loop 'L' is the heart of the CTA rail system, with five of the eight rail lines traveling through it every weekday. Delays encountered here can create a ripple effect across the entire system. By performing this work now, as preventative maintenance, we’re avoiding future issues that would impact the hundreds of thousands of riders who travel through the Loop every week.

Work will occur on weekends, except certain weekends with special events. They events include Taste of Chicago; Lollapalooza; Blues, Jazz Fests; Air and Water Show;  the Chicago Marathon; and others. View the detailed reroute schedule.

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