||Major Infrastructure Projects
in or near the 42nd Ward
- CTA Red Line South Reconstruction Project Now in Effect - Alternative Service Options Available for Commuters
CTA will rebuild the tracks along the south Red Line, from
Cermak-Chinatown to 95th/Dan Ryan - a project that will provide faster,
more comfortable and more reliable service for Red Line riders.
The closure of the south portion of the Red Line to 95th which started Sunday May 19th, will
last five months and impact the nine Red Line stations from
Cermak-Chinatown to 95th/Dan Ryan. During that time, Red Line trains
will be rerouted south of Roosevelt via the nearby-elevated structure
Green Line trains between downtown and Ashland/63rd.
just north of the Cermak-Chinatown station to the 95th Street station,
crews will replace everything in the track bed: ties, rail, third rail,
ballast (the stone material that holds the ties in place) and drainage
systems. Some stations will also receive improvements ranging from new
canopies, paint and lighting upgrades to new benches and bike racks.
Additionally, the stations at Garfield, 63rd and 87th will get new
elevators, making all stations on the South Side Red Line accessible.
For more information on the reconstruction project, please click here for full details.
During construction, CTA will offer extensive alternate service providing multiple options for commuters.
- Free shuttle buses with 24-hour service from
69th, 79th, 87th and 95th/Dan Ryan stations to the
Garfield station on the Green Line, including express service from
stations, with free entry at Garfield for shuttle bus riders, and a
local, station-to-station shuttle from 63rd to 95th/Dan Ryan.
A fifth shuttle will provide express service between the Roosevelt
and Cermak-Chinatown stations.
- Free rail entry for shuttle bus riders at Garfield on the Green Line
- 50 cent discounted bus rides on many South Side routes
- 24-hour Red Line service as far south as 63rd Street via Green Line tracks between Roosevelt and Ashland/63rd
- Expanded bus service on existing routes
In addition, for some riders the Metra Electric District or Rock Island District lines may also be alternatives.
For more information about service alternatives available for commuters during the project, please click here.
Metra has established a detailed service plan as well.
will be offering a combined fare product with the CTA and Pace and will
be modifying the schedule of some of its Metra Electric line trains in
order to assist CTA riders during the five-month shutdown of the Red
Line on the South Side.
CTA Red Line riders at the southernmost end of the line, the Metra
Electric line and Metra Rock Island line may also be alternatives. The
Metra Electric line runs to the east of the Red Line and transports
riders to Van Buren Station and Millennium Station downtown. The Rock
Island line runs to the west of the Red Line and transports riders to
LaSalle St. Station downtown. For schedule and fare information on both
lines, visit www.metrarail.com.
- Joint Fare Product
assist Red Line riders and encourage them to use a combination of CTA,
Metra and/or Pace, the three agencies are offering a joint fare product
that will be sold through the existing CTA retail network (Jewel,
Walgreens, etc.) in the vicinity of the Red Line.
Flag Stop Changes
To further assist Red Line riders, Metra will change flag
stops to regular stops at five Metra Electric stations located in
proximity to the Red Line for two inbound trains during the weekday
morning rush hour, and two outbound trains in the weekday evening
rush hour. Those stations are: 63rd St., 75th St. (Grand
Crossing), 79th St. (Chatham), 87th St. (Woodruff) and 95th St.
(Chicago State University). Trains will automatically stop at regular
stops, but they will stop at flag stops only when passengers are
visible on the platform or when passengers on the train inform a
crew member that they want to get off there.
Red Line riders wishing to drive to a Metra station should
consider using the Gresham Station (820 W. 87th St.) or
103rd/Washington Heights Station (10335 S. Vincennes) on the main
branch of the Rock Island line or the Brainerd Station (8901 S.
Loomis) on the Beverly branch of the Rock Island line. The parking
fee is $1.50 a day. Because there are no ticket agents at those
stations, riders boarding there can buy one-way tickets on the
train (cash only). The one-way fare from Gresham is $3, while the
one-way fare from Brainerd and Washington Heights is $4.25.
Ten-ride tickets and monthly passes can be purchased online at www.metrarail.com or from ticket agents at LaSalle St. Station.
Metra will be
monitoring ridership demands closely during the Red line project to
determine if further adjustments are needed. For full detail on Metra's
service plan for the CTA Red Line construction project, please click here
Chicago Water Taxi is another great alternative.
The Chicago Water Taxi has
service to and from Chinatown on weekends only, but will begin daily
service starting Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The boat taxi service will
begin operating daily service between the dock at Chinatown's Ping Tom
Park and 2 N. Riverside Plaza, adjacent to Ogilvie and Union Stations.
Service continues on to the LaSalle/Clark and Michigan Avenue river
stops. One-way travel time between Chinatown and Ogilvie Station is 15
minutes. Vessels will arrive and depart Chinatown every 20 minutes from
10 am until 9 pm seven days a week through September 20.
2013 Sewer Lining Program - Michigan Ave. from Monroe to Adams
Department of Water Management is scheduled to work on Sewer Lining
Project on Friday, May 17, 2013. This project will rehabilitate the
existing sewer in the area without the conventional digging method. This
sewer rehabilitation will minimize, if not eliminate, street cave-ins
due to failure in old sewers. In addition, it will bring better drainage
to the area and may help alleviate flooding during heavy rain.
Boundaries: E. Michigan Av. - S. Monroe St. to 1 section S. of S. Adams St.
Sequence of Work:
- The Catch Basins drainage structures on the curb-side will be cleaned and the pipes connection to the main sewer will be lined.
- The Catch Basins and Sewer Manholes structures will be lined.
- The main sewer will be cleaned and televised.
- The main sewers will be lined.
the main sewer is lined, the reinstatement of house drain services will
proceed and must be completed to relieve the drains.
- The lined sewer is televised to ensure that the work was done properly.
What to expect:
work days, mobilization will start at 7:00 p.m. Actual work will begin
at 8:00 p.m. Work is expected to be completed in a 20 hour period. No
Parking signs will be posted in the immediate area of work a day before
any scheduled work. Residents are urged to move their vehicles away from
the worksite to avoid being towed. It will be necessary to close lanes
of these streets to ensure public safety during work hours. Equipment
and materials will be on the street during the work. If necessary,
detours and alternatives bus stops will be posted.
the main sewer lining work, to prevent odors in your home, please pour
two to three cups of water into each basement floor drain. Please
restrict your water usage as much as possible. A City Engineer will be
on site during the work to answer any questions from the residents.
This project is expected to be completed by late June 2013.
damages in the area as a result of the sewer lining work will be
restored to its pre-lining state. However, the Department of Water
Management does not assume responsibility for damage to privately
installed parkway improvements, including: sprinkling systems, fences,
flower beds and shrubbery. Sewer lining is not complete until damaged
sidewalks, parkways and streets have been repaired. If you have
additional questions, please call 311.
Dearborn Street Resurfacing
Construction on the Dearborn Street Resurfacing project, from Chicago Avenue to North Boulevard, begins this Monday, May 13.
All the work will occur during the day, with no weekend work is
anticipated. Traffic management will be on site during construction.
"No Parking" signs will be periodically installed as required for curb
and gutter removal and replacement, asphalt surface grinding, utility
structure adjustments, asphalt paving, and pavement marking striping.
These temporary signs will restrict parking during working hours, while
adhering to rush hour restrictions, for the completion of the work. All
work on this corridor is scheduled to be completed by June 28, 2013.
Dearborn Street Resurfacing Project is part of the Chicago Department
of Transportation's Arterial Street Resurfacing - Central Area Project.
ADA Ramp Improvement - Michigan Ave. Corridor
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin a project starting Monday, May 6 to improve several sidewalks along Michigan Avenue and Garland Court from Lake Street to Van Buren Street.
The work entails the installation of sidewalk corners that meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The new corners will feature wheelchair-accessible ramps and detectible warning surfaces for the visually impaired. Also, the street corners adjacent to the ramp locations will be repaved.
During construction all sidewalks will remain open. Pedestrians will be directed to temporary sidewalks in areas where work is occurring.
In construction areas, one lane of traffic will be closed. Some detours will be posted to direct traffic around the affected areas.
Access will be maintained to all buildings and businesses along the impacted streets.
Some CTA bus stops will be temporarily relocated.
Work on this project begins Monday, May 6, and be completed by the end of the year. Work will only take place between the hours of 9:30am – 3:30pm. There will be no overnight work.
For more information regarding this project, please click on the following links to view the project flyer and location map. You may also contact Vasile Jurca at CDOT (312) 744-0646 or Borut Vujic with Collins Engineering at (312) 519-1218, or visit the CDOT web site at www.cityofchicago.org/transportation.
Wells Street Bridge Closed for Reconstruction
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has closed the Wells Street
Bridge over the Chicago River to traffic and pedestrians since Monday,
November 5, 2012 for a year-long reconstruction of the historic
structure. Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA) trains will continue
to use the bridge during the project, except for two minor service
interruptions next spring.
Wells Street Bridge has been in use for 90 years and serves as a key
transportation link for cars, trains, bikes and pedestrians, but has
outlived its useful life and requires a complete reconstruction. The
bridge's historic elements, railings, bridge houses and major structural
components will be replaced to preserve the 1920s look of the bridge.
Crews will replace the trusses and all of the steel framing for the
lower level road and upper level railway structures. The mechanical and
electrical components will also be replaced.
Work is underway, and the project is expected to be complete by SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2013.
For more information, please visit CDOT's website.
If you have any questions about the project, please contact the Chicago
Department of Transportation's Division of Engineering at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-744-3520.
Clark/Division CTA Station Renovation
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is currently renovating the 70-year-old Clark/Division Red Line Station - the first major
renovation since it opened during World War II. The station will
remain open but the work requires a temporary closure of a portion
of Division Street.
rebuild the original 1940's mezzanine and platform, and build a new
mezzanine at LaSalle Street and Division. Construction of the new
8,800-square-foot mezzanine at LaSalle will increase the
entering/exiting capacity of the station by adding stairs, fare
turnstiles, elevators and escalators.
Major highlights of the renovation project include:
- Two new elevators and three new escalators
- New granite floors and stairs
- New decorative wall and ceiling tiles
- Brighter and more energy-efficient lighting
- New security equipment and customer-assistance kiosks
- Improved communication and speaker systems
- New cast iron street-level entrances
- Bike ramps and racks to promote alternate modes of transportation
new mezzanine at LaSalle will to open to CTA customers in September
2014. The renovation will continue on the original portions of
the station to mid-2015.
and Clark will remain open to all traffic throughout the
construction project. However, one half-block of Division, from
LaSalle to the alley west of Clark Street, will be closed to traffic
for approximately one year. Division will partially reopen to
traffic next fall with one eastbound lane for about nine months.
After Division fully reopens to traffic, the construction will
continue underground for several additional months.
access will be maintained on one side of Division at all times
during the construction period. CDOT will closely monitor
vehicular and pedestrian movement, while traffic aides will help to
minimize the impact of construction.
a result of the closure, nine (9) bus stop changes are in effect, impacting the following bus
lines: #36, #70 and #22. Please click on the following link to
view a MAP of the bus reroutes associated with this closure.
traffic on Division will be rerouted south on LaSalle to Chicago
Avenue, east to Dearborn Street and back north to Division. Westbound
traffic on Division will be rerouted south on Clark to Chicago,
west to LaSalle and back north to Division.
To learn more, please click on the following links: Project Flier 1 and Project Flier 2.
Street Closures and Traffic Impacts
JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge Street Closures
On Thursday, May 23, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge:
- Columbus from Balbo to Roosevelt - 6:30pm - 10:30pm
- Columbus from Congress to Balbo - 6:45pm - 9:30pm
- Balbo from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive - 6:45pm - 9:30pm
For more information, please visit the event website.
- MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive - This Sunday, May 26th!
Join thousands of
Chicagoans on May 26 for Bike the Drive - the City's annual bicycle ride
on a car-free Lake Shore Drive! Enjoy the striking skyline and the
shimmering water of Lake Michigan as you cruise up and down the entire
length of Lake Shore Drive for MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive
which benefits the Active Transportation Alliance. Hop on your bike
the one day a year when the length of Lake Shore Drive is open to
cyclists and closed to auto traffic.
Start Location: Columbus Dr. and Jackson Blvd.
- 5:30am: Lake Shore Drive will open for ride participants, upon police approval
- 5:30am - 7:30am: Recommended time for starting the ride to maximize your time on the course.
- 9:30am: Ride participants are no longer allowed to enter Lake Shore Drive.
- 9:45am - 10:15am: At all points along the route, participants must leave Lake Shore Drive and move to the Lakefront Trail.
- 10:15am: All bicyclists must be off Lake Shore Drive.
For detailed information, please visit http://www.bikethedrive.org.
2013 Spring Bridge Lift Schedule
The lifting of the movable bridges over the Chicago River for
recreational boat traffic has resumed, running until the end of June.
year, in the spring and fall, the Chicago Department of Transportation
(CDOT) raises the movable bridges along the Main and South Branches of
the Chicago River to accommodate recreational boats traveling to and
from their storage yards.
these "boat runs," the bridges are raised sequentially, typically one
at a time. Each bridge lift takes an average of 8-12 minutes. This
spring, 27 bridges will be lifted in order from Ashland Avenue Bridge on
the South Branch to Lake Shore Drive.
will be no bridge lifts during the nine-day shutdown of the Wells
Street Bridge from April 26th through May 5th, as the north leaf of the
historic bridge is replaced. The complete spring 2013 bridge lift calendar is viewable here.
- Daily Anticipated Street Closures:
Maggie Daley Park Update - March 2013
Construction continues at Maggie Daley Park after making great progress during the winter months.
Soil removal is
on-going, with the northern half of the garage nearly cleared. To date,
52,000 CY of fill and 21,000 CY of topsoil have been stockpiled in
Peanut Park. Removal of the ice rink and concrete walkways on the
northern half of the site was also completed this month. Concrete
cutting and removals have begun at the existing vents and field house
walls receiving modification.
activity includes the continuing removal of subsoil, removal of the
remaining tennis courts, and the installation of new concrete
foundations for the future site improvements.
For additional information, please visit the official website www.maggiedaleyparkconstruction.org or contact Nichole Sheehan, Project Manager for the Chicago Park District by calling 312-742-4290 or via email to email@example.com
NMH OCP Construction Update - May 2013
Northwestern Memorial Hospital continues its construction of the Outpatient Care Pavilion ("OCP") located at 259 E. Erie.
The exterior facade work will begin during the first week of May. The North and South Tower Cranes will be raised as will the hoist during the first week of May. This month they will also start to pour the concrete on the office building floors.
All construction activities will generally occur Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 8 pm (except as noted above for utility connection work).
Also occasional Sunday work may occur to ensure timely completion of
the project, and in many cases, limit conflicts with traffic and local
events. All work will be performed consistent with City of Chicago
If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 926-4103.