A CTA Blue Line train passes over the tracks in Logan Square on Apr. 18, 2022. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

LOGAN SQUARE — Blue Line stations in Logan Square and Avondale will be closed this weekend, the start of a months-long track improvement project.

The Logan Square, California and Belmont stations will be closed Friday-Monday and trains will not run through that stretch. Riders can take free shuttle buses between the Addison and Western stations. The buses will stop at the Belmont, Logan Square and California stations, CTA officials said.

Crews are replacing the Belmont crossover, which has greatly deteriorated since it was built in 1970, officials said. Crossovers allow the CTA to move trains from one track to another for maintenance.

Work this weekend is just the beginning of the crossover construction project, which is meant to improve service along the Blue Line, one of the highest-ridership branches of the “L.”

The three Logan Square and Avondale stations will either be partially or entirely closed for up to eight weekends through May, officials said. Each weekend, most of the work will be done 10 p.m. Friday-4 a.m. Monday, weather permitting.

The Belmont crossover will be replaced in 2023 after 50 years of use. Credit: CTA

Some bus stops within the project staging area will also be temporarily relocated during construction.

Customers can visit the CTA’s website for alerts and travel information.

Facing staffing shortages and other challenges, the CTA has come under fire during the pandemic for unreliable train and bus service.

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