Grand Red Line station, Monroe escalator rehab updates
Two big projects affecting CTA Red Line stations are the Grand-State station reconstruction and escalator replacement at the Adams entrance of the Monroe Street station. Here are updates on both projects.
At the Grand station, workers keep plugging away, though they lost some ground during the cold, harsh month of January. The plan was to move the work and land closures to the north side of Grand by March. But bad weather has forced a month delay.
So, by April the Rock Bottom Brewery can get back to normal, while the Bed Bath and Beyond, the Jewel and Weber Grill may see some drop in business and temporary entrances.
This is a project of the Chicago Dept. of Transportation, not the CTA.
Meanwhile, at the Monroe subway station, the escalator replacement work is part of a bigger subway escalator replacement project in the Red and Blue Line subways. A total of nine escalators will be replaced -- three of them at Monroe-Adams.
The escalator from the Monroe platform to the mezzanine is out of service for replacement. That project should be finished by spring. Then work moves to the northeast street to mezzanine escalator, which will be out of service spring through summer. Finally, the southwest street to mezzanine escalator will be taken out of service for full replacement.