Many of the Red Line stations north of Wilson are truly in awful shape, and that doesn't even include the horrible Wilson station stop. The CTA wants to replace them all under the Red and Purple Modernization Project. But that's a dream right now at least 10-15 years down the road.
That's why the CTA is embarking on the Red North Station Interim Improvements project at seven stations: Jarvis, Morse, Granville, Thorndale, Berwyn, Argyle and Lawrence. The $86 million project will include new concrete platforms, lighting, electrical work and furniture at track level; viaduct repairs and track replacement to eliminate leaking into the station houses and retail stores; and refurbished station houses with new doors and windows, floors, turnstiles and finishes. Security cameras also will be upgraded. Kiewit Infrastructure won a $57.4 million contract to do the bulk of the work, with the other $29 million going for design and other preliminary work.
The project also comes at a price for commuters -- the seven stations will be shut down for six weeks apiece throughout the rest of the year. No two adjacent stations will be closed simultaneously. Granville is the first station to be closed starting at 11:59 p.m. this Friday, June 1.
Other station closing dates:
- Morse: Friday, June 29
- Thorndale: Friday, Aug. 17
- Argyle: Friday, Aug. 24
- Berwyn: Friday,Oct. 5
- Lawrence: Sunday, Oct. 14
- Jarvis: Friday, Nov. 9
Check the individual station links above for details on the work being done at each station.
Also, check out the new CTA Station Watch website, a crowd-sourced info stream for CTA's North Red Line renovations. You'll find the latest project news plus Twitter and Facebook feeds with the latest from folks like you. The site was created by Patrick Barry and the CTA Tattler.
(This post is part of a series on CTA capital improvements. Next: Loop track renewal project.)