Metra Construction Will Resume in April

By Samantha Abernethy | Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Photo of Metra train by Flickr user vxla.

Construction on the Union Pacific North Metra line will resume in April, but Metra officials say the train schedule will not change this time.

Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said two tracks will remain in operation during construction, adding $42.4 million to the cost of the project.

“When we tried the single-track operation last summer, it was obvious it wasn’t working,” he said.

There are 22 100-year-old bridges on the northern line that will be replaced, from Balmoral on the north to Grace at the south. The full construction project is expected to cost about $215 million.

The new station platforms will stretch from the current 400 feet to 750 feet. The station will have ticket booths, warming shelters and vendor space. The ramps and stairs will be upgraded, and lighting and landscaping will be added.

A temporary platform is already in place for inbound riders, and a new temporary platform will be added for outbound riders.

In order to keep both tracks open, the western edge of the tracks will be reinforced to hold the weight of a new third track.

The Ravenswood Metra station is the busiest on the UP-North line.

The full release from Metra:

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