CTA details $88 million in stimulus spending on Blue Line subway
Almost $88 million in federal stimulus funds will allow the CTA to repair all the slow zones in the Blue Line tunnel, from Clinton on the Forest Park branch to Division heading to O'Hare.
The CTA in March had announced a $56.6 million construction contract to repair the slow zones in the Dearborn tunnel. The announcement Monday shed more light on the whole project.
The CTA press release gives some details on how the work will be staged:
"Demolition work began the weekend of April 17 and will continue the weekend of April 24, requiring single track operation of northbound Blue Line trains from Grand to Damen.
"Beginning in May, Blue Line rail service will be suspended between Western/Milwaukee and Clark/Lake on many weekends, but bus shuttles will operate as a substitute for Blue Line rail service.
"During the next phases of work crews will focus on the track from Clark/Lake to south of Grand, followed by work from Clark/Lake to Clinton."
The work will create a total of 400 local construction jobs.
Mayor Daley in the release answers the question some might have about the other tunnel work in the past:
"Last year, we did what we could afford to do and focused on the sections of track that were in the worst shape. This stimulus money allows us to go back in and replace everything that we didn’t get to replace last year,” Daley said.