Grand Red Line rehab
Grand Red Line rehab delayed due to unforeseen hassles.
Q I’m curious why the construction, or lack thereof, is taking forever on the CTA Grand Red Line stop. It’s an embarrassment to the city, negatively affects traffic and is an eyesore.—Lee Winkler, River North
A While the on-train announcement for this stop used to cheerfully declare, “This is Grand,” more recently things have not been so rosy for this CTA rehab, coordinated by the Chicago Department of Transportation. Work started in early 2008 and was supposed to be finished last year, but CDOT has pushed the target back to late 2011, says spokesman Brian Steele. At just under four years, that would be about twice as long as the recent rehab of the Red Line’s Jackson station. Steele says there have been unforeseen hassles. Old blueprints for the site didn’t show the location of some utility lines; last year, striking construction workers delayed the project about a month; and several times during the last two winters, work was slowed or stopped because of harsh weather. On the bright side, Steele says the job is still within budget and the refurbished station will feature a much bigger turnstile-level mezzanine; more turnstiles, escalators and elevators; a large indoor bicycle rack; and a bike ramp to make it easy to roll your ride from the street to the station.
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