After six weeks of on-again, off-again rehab work on the Granville Red Line station house and platform, the Edgewater station opened for business with little fanfare at 10 pm Friday.
Let it be known that's two hours ahead of schedule, amid a smattering of rumors the CTA would miss its own deadline. It's good for local riders at the station with about 4,000 daily weekday boardings.
But the station rehab certainly is not finished. A tough grader would give the CTA an incomplete on this rehab, but I'll grade it as a B-minus.
The CTA delivered on these promises:
- 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
Some incomplete items that I documented in photos below include
- Platform shelters
- Storefront windows/walls
- Repairs to the base of some viaduct columns
- New concrete barriers between lanes of Granville
In my opinion, the platform also needs more benches. No doubt more will be placed inside the coming shelters. Some of the deteriorated ties and tracks also probably will be replaced before the Red North interim improvement project is complete. But I was told there's no water seepage into stores below, so no need for the massive rail bed replacement we're seeing at Morse and Jarvis.
The CTA started with the station that needed the least amount of work and got it done. Now it's working on Morse, which arguably could be its hardest job, given the above-mentioned water problems, plus commercial spaces to rehab on both sides of Morse and at the Lunt entrance.
Look for an update later this week on work at Morse and Jarvis.
View a CTA photo set with more details.