Residents receive introduction to Walsh-Fluor Design-Build team as CTA modernizes Red and Purple lines

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The Berwyn CTA station (Google Maps)

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has arranged a series of public meetings to introduce Edgewater and Uptown residents and business owners to the Walsh-Fluor Design-Build Team, which will design and engineer the first phase of the Red and Purple Modernization Project, CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase says.

The CTA is working on a final timeline for a construction project that will close two Red Line stations on the North Side for three years, The Chicago Sun-Times has reported.

The old Bryn Mar, Berwyn, Argyle and Lawrence stations will be rebuilt to be larger and accessible to people with disabilities, Chase was quoted as saying.

The CTA says temporary station construction at Argyle and Bryn Mawr will start this fall. All four stations will close in the winter of 2020-2021, with Berwyn and Lawrence will remaining closed until the stations reopen in the summer of 202.

A bypass has been proposed  to carry Brown Line trains over the Red and Purple Line tracks north of Belmont, the CTA says.Work on the bypass is planned to start this fall and wrap up by the summer of 2021, the transit agency said. The Red and Purple line tracks from Belmont to Cornelia will then be rebuilt between the summer of 2021 and 2024.

In addition to the bypass and the station reconstruction, the modernization project also will include a new signal system on tracks between Belmont and Howard, Chase said.

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