Phase II (East Side) Construction
Metra and Union Pacific expect to start construction on the second and final phase of their project along Ravenswood in Summer 2017. The project is expected to last approximately 30 months and this work is funded by the Federal Transit Administration. Phase II work on the east side will mirror much of the Phase I work on the west side (completed in 2015), but will not include retaining wall work (except along the station). Phase II includes the construction of a new inbound Ravenswood station on the east side of the tracks between Leland and Lawrence. It will add longer covered platforms and warming shelters, new lighting and landscaping, and space for a ticket office and vendor. Phase II work also includes the replacement of 11 bridges on the east side of the tracks from Grace up to Balmoral, which are more than 100 years old. Once this project has been completed, the project will shift south to address bridges over 11 streets between Addison and Webster. The project went out to bid in early March and community meetings will be scheduled this summer once a contractor has been selected to inform residents and businesses of the work that is planned. For more information, please click here. Also see March 7, 2017 press release “Metra seeks bids for UP North bridge project”
Alderman Pawar broke ground for the new station on September 5, 2012.