The CTA on Monday announced it was moving up the timetable for work to renovate the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line.
Work will begin the weekend of March 21 to 24 with track work between Western and Logan Square stations and the closure of California station. A free shuttle bus will carry passengers for the weekend. More details from the CTA press release:
The first phase of Your New Blue involves replacing wooden rail ties, tie plates and other track materials on the Milwaukee elevated track structure between the Damen and Logan Square stops—a section of line that opened in 1895 and still sits on the original structure. That work will require 10 temporary, weekend-only closures (known as line cuts) of small sections of the Blue Line, tentatively scheduled between March and August.
Later in 2014, the CTA will begin rehabilitation projects at the Western, Damen and California rail stations—the latter two of which date back to 1895. Project schedules are still being finalized for that work.
In all, the four-year $492 million Your New Blue program will upgrade 13 stations, including adding a new elevator at Addison; improve tracks and signals; install new water-management systems and repairs to ensure dry and clean subway stations; and upgrade traction power to improve service and reliability.
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