EDGEWATER — Work on the CTA’s ambitious Red and Purple line modernization project will ramp up Friday in Edgewater, causing the weekend closure of three ‘L’ stations in the neighborhood.
The Bryn Mawr, Thorndale and Granville Red Line stations in Edgewater will close from Friday night to early Monday. Station closures or other service disruptions will likely take place every weekend through the spring as crews being work on a massive overhaul of the north branch of the Red and Purple lines, according to CTA.
The three stations will close at 10 p.m. Friday and remain closed until 4 a.m. Monday, according to Ald. Harry Osterman’s 48th Ward office. Service will resume during the week.
During the closures, CTA will operate a bus shuttle that uses Broadway and makes regular stops at Bryn Mawr, Thorndale and Granville.
Track work on the north branch of the Red and Purple lines was supposed to begin on Jan. 10, but weather conditions delayed the work for two weeks.
The closures are required as part of the CTA’s $2 billion Red Purple Modernization project, which seeks to untangle the Red, Purple and Brown line tracks in Lakeview and replace old stations in Edgewater and elsewhere.
Crews for the CTA will perform work on the northbound and southbound Red Line tracks in Edgewater, causing trains to run on the Purple Line tracks between Berywn and Loyola, according to Osterman’s office.
The weekend work is necessary to pave the way for new stations to be built at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr, according to CTA. The transit agency is planning to begin work this year on temporary stations at Argyle and Bryn Mawr, which will be utilized while the old stations are torn down and rebuilt.
Work on the largest capital-improvement project in the CTA’s history ramped up late last year. Briefly in December, northbound Red Line trains ran express between Wilson and Howard as crews began to prep for the massive modernization effort.
Recently, crews for the CTA began drilling 70-foot-deep holes in Lakeview to make way for the planned Belmont Overpass. The overpass will untangle the Brown Line from the Red and Purple lines.
The years-long shutdown of Far North Side stations are predicted to hit nearby business hard, but Osterman and other city officials are working to make sure they are disrupted as little as possible. Next week, Osterman and the office of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection will host meetings for businesses to learn more about the CTA project and ways to mitigate its impacts.
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