CTA crews repair Red Line slow zones between Loyola and Morse

CTA Kiewit construction crews tackled a stretch of rail slow zones on the Red Line this weekend between Loyola and Morse.

This work is in addition to the job of replacing ties, rails and ballast at all seven Red Line stations being renovated in the Red North Station Interim Improvement project. The CTA made a surprise announcement in August of $15 million more in slow zone and viaduct work.

The additional work includes:

  • Repairs and replacement of approximately 7,000 feet of deteriorated track and rail at the Lawrence, Granville and Jarvis stations, as well as portions of track between the Berwyn and Thorndale and the Granville and Loyola stations.
  • Waterproofing and track renewal work between the Loyola and Morse stations.
  • Structural and cosmetic repairs of viaducts at Pratt and Lawrence.
  • Additional station structural, communication and finishing work.

Workers also were completing structural repairs this weekend at Pratt.

Good stuff.


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  • That explains why I saw a SB train sitting over the W. Sheridan viaduct for 5 minutes on Sunday morning.

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