Green Line riders should see smoother, more reliable commutes upon the completion of the Green Line West Track Renewal Project.
The project, set to start in March, will upgrade track infrastructure between the Laramie and Harlem/Lake stations. Details were still being finalized, including how long the project would take. The CTA promises the work will occur on weekends and during nights while trains are not in operation.
The $13 million contract is being awarded to Kiewit Infrastructure Co. The work will involve the replacement of track ties on the Green Line west of Laramie station and other related track work, including new tie plates and fasteners, transposing of running rails at select curves and other rail work as well as some ballast replacement and surfacing work.
The work is a "proactive effort" to avoid the development of future slow zones in the area, which results in reduced reliability and increased travel times. The last major track renewal work along this 2.5-mile stretch of tracks occurred in the 1980s and more than 75 percent of the rail ties are approaching or have exceeded their useful life.
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