A detailed update on various CTA construction projects was presented to
board members at the meeting Aug. 12. I read the reports so you don’t have to. Such a deal! Here are the highlights.
Brown Line Capacity Expansion Project. With
the recent opening of the Wellington station, all planned station
rehabs have been completed. Workers now are concentrating on finishing
work at the Belmont and Fullerton stations. Total budget is $530 million.
Installation of elevators and escalators, electrical work in support
rooms, wall panel systems continues. Painting of station house steel
and work in the historic station house is ongoing. Installation of
canopy extensions has begun.
Installation of the southbound elevator, escalators, electrical work in
support rooms, station lighting, concession roof, and wall panel system
continues. Work on the historic station house lighting and electrical,
and stair system work is ongoing. Installation of station house
flooring, painting of structural steel and canopy extensions has begun.
Both stations are scheduled for completion in December.
Subway escalators. Total budget is almost $23 million to replace nine escalators, reopen one exit and relocate one escalator facility on Red and Blue Lines subway.
- Completed: Jackson/Van Buren Red (street to mezzanine escalator); Monroe/Adams Red (platform to mezzanine escalator); Adams/Jackson Red (street to mezzanine escalator); Randolph/Washington Blue (platform to mezzanine escalator).
- Under construction: Monroe/Adams Red (street to mezzanine escalator); Adams/Jackson Red (street to mezzanine escalator); Harrison Red (platform to mezzanine escalator).
- Remaining to be done: Madison/Monroe Blue (platform to mezzanine); Monroe/Adams Red (street to mezzanine).
Dearborn subway tie replacement project. Budget is almost $88 million. Work includes replacement of all wooden half-ties and ballasted track with direct fixation track systems, replacement of portions of running rail and all contact rail and contact rail chairs, special track work in LaSalle Crossover, negative return and signal work, concrete repair in deteriorated sections of tunnel and foot walk, and grouting and sewer cleaning. Scheduled to be completed in March 2010.
Systemwide communications upgrade. A $44.5 million project o improve systemwide communication capabilities, reduce operating costs and support future technology enhancements that can improve safety, security and efficiency. Scheduled completion date is Dec. 31.
And there’s more! Read about the Howard and Loop El signal work, an security camera initiative.