Most of the early stories about the $320 million project to build a flyover track at the Clark Junction focused on the 16 buildings that would have to be demolished.
Well folks, that's the price of progress.
Instead we should focus on eliminating a huge bottleneck that delays 40 percent of the trains that pass just north of Belmont at Clark. Trains on three of the four tracks face delays as the northbound Brown Line train on the easternmost track crosses over three tracks to the west. About 150,000 rides travel through this intersection each weekday, all of which are slowed down because trains must stop and wait for signal clearance.
With the new flyover, the northbound Brown Line will travel on a track jutting to the east and over the other three tracks. Some buildings will have to be razed on Wilton.
Here's an artist rendering of the new bypass:
Construction wouldn't start until 2017. The CTA is seeking community input on the location, design, and social, economic, and environmental effects of the proposed improvements at a Red-Purple Bypass Open House to be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the 19th District Police Station, 850 W. Addison St.
Station and track modernization, from Wilson to Bryn Mawr
The CTA also is hosting a community meeting on the first phase of the Red Purple Modernization project announced on Wednesday, which would completely rebuild the Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn, and Bryn Mawr stations. That meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at Truman Community College, 1145 W. Wilson Ave.
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