The CTA viaduct at Grove Street is slated to be replaced.

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The Chicago Transit Authority Board today approved a $10.3 million contract to replace the Purple Line viaducts at Grove, Dempster and Greenleaf Streets in Evanston as well as repair the retaining wall along Chicago Avenue from Greenleaf to Hamilton.  

“The City of Evanston thanks the CTA Board for its approval of this construction contract which serves as another important step in the critical replacement of these viaducts,” said Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl.  “The City appreciates the commitment that CTA President Forrest Claypool and members of the Board have demonstrated to the Purple Line and I look forward to working with President Claypool on this and other key Purple Line projects,” Mayor Tisdahl added. 

“Today’s award of this important contract is yet another step in securing improvements to the Purple Line that the Evanston City Council has advocated for many years. State Senator Jeff Schoenberg has been the key advocate in Springfield in identifying funding to be used by the CTA for this project.  Schoenberg’s determination to ensure that Governor Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly allocated the funds and the CTA made this project a priority are the reasons it is moving forward.  The City of Evanston thanks Senator Schoenberg for his exceptional leadership in making this key infrastructure project a reality,” Mayor Tisdahl concluded.  

Although the construction plans are still being finalized, preliminary work will likely begin in August, 2011 with the majority of the work to occur in 2012.