Blue Line track work slows ride between Western and Logan Square

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

No, no – not the mailman! The CTA Tattler.

Though Chicago Public Schools and many businesses are taking a snow day, I am your CTA courier with news today about the Blue Line slow zones.

A reader recently asked about the work on the Blue Line between Western and Logan Square. The CTA confirmed that crews are performing track upgrades (tie renewal work) in that area. They are currently working near Fullerton. A
15 mph speed restriction is in place.

work is completed the speed restriction is lifted from that area. They
will be working on elevated sections through the summer.

Now before we get the screechers out there saying: “Liars! They did slow zone work on the Blue Line not too long ago.”

Well, yes, that is true. But that work was done between Addison and O’Hare, and in the Dearborn subway. Work for this project is different in that it’s taking place on the elevated structure and was not part of the scope for the previous projects. The previous work focused on the locations that, at the time, were most in need of repair.


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  • In fact, I had commented that the slow zone there was there for at least 10 years, and if they had planned ahead anywhere in the past 40 years, they would have put that stretch in a subway. There were also reports at the time that there were supports in the Kennedy median at Diversey for the Jefferson Park line, but were never used.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, Jack--do a little research before replying.

    Initially the line was supposed to enter at grade level about Diversey. In fact there is/was a bridge on the inbound side to allow the line to enter after coming down off the elevated portion. Only the Logan Square station was to be eliminated/replaced.

    After public outpouring, they decided on the subway. They had to move the statue of General Logan, plus dig under the street. I recall that at least one building had major damage due to foundation changes.

    But back to your point: NONE of the elevated was to be eliminated except the area near the Logan Square end of the line.

  • In reply to JohnD1:

    Thanks for the clarification of the role of the support and your redundancy.

    They may have never planned to replace the L, but they should have.

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