Phase II (East Side) Construction
Metra and their contractors presented their plans for Phase II of their project along Ravenswood at two community meetings on 1/16. Thanks again to Our Lady of Lourdes and Lycee Francais Chicago for graciously hosting. Phase II work will include construction of a new inbound station on the east leg (just south of Lawrence) and the replacement of 11 bridges (east side) from Grace up to Balmoral along the Union Pacific North Line. The work on the east side will mirror much of the Phase I work on the west side (completed in 2015), but will only include retaining wall work along the new station. The work has been funded by the Federal Transit Administration and Phase III essentially consists of the removal of the temporary platform and third track. The total project is projected to take 30 months, with the new station tentatively scheduled to open in Summer 2020.
The inbound Ravenswood Metra Station construction includes some prep work and will require parking on the west side of the east leg of the 4700 block of N Ravenswood to be restricted over the next few months as part of Stage 1. This summer, when station construction picks up, Stage 2 traffic and parking restrictions will be in effect. During this time, the east leg (northbound) of the 4700 block of N Ravenswood (from Leland to Lawrence) will be closed to through traffic and parking on both sides, but the sidewalk will remain open on the east side. Only local traffic for the businesses and residences on the block (and required semi-truck movements) will be accommodated by the contractor. The station will add longer covered platforms, warming shelters, new lighting, landscaping, ADA accessible ramps, and space for a small vendor (and ticket office or vending machine). The temporary platform will remain open during construction and the train schedule will not be affected. If trains need to operate out of a single station at any point, announcements will be provided on the platforms to alert customers.
Bridge work is expected to start this spring and will be performed in stages along the corridor to replace bridges that are over 100 years old. Temporary traffic closures will be required and the contractor will do their best to schedule these during off peak times like was done for Phase I. Announcements of upcoming closures will be provided in the newsletter. Once this project has been completed, the project will shift south to address bridges over 11 streets between Addison and Webster provided funding can be secured by Metra. For more information on the project, please click here or reach out to Brad at 773-549-2745 or Danny@chicago47.org. Also see May 24, 2017 press release “Metra OKs $48.2 million in UP North Line work.”