Spring is almost here and with it comes the continuation of the $10.3 million CTA project to replace the Purple Line viaducts at Grove, Dempster and Greenleaf Streets. Last fall, work on the retaining wall along Chicago Ave. from Madison St. to South Blvd. was
completed. Additionally, contractors completed 95% of the preparatory and foundation work at each of the three sites allowing them to complete work on the viaducts at a slightly more accelerated pace than originally planned.

Beginning in March, contractors will return to continue their critical work. They will set up their work sites and begin to construct the new  bridges immediately adjacent to the existing bridges. The plan is to replace the almost 100-year old existing viaducts with modern, new steel bridges at the three sites throughout the spring an early summer. These new viaducts will be more visually appealing, changing the flow of customers to businesses on both sides of the viaducts, creating greater opportunities for economic development.

The viaducts’ footprints will be smaller, allowing for better sight lines for pedestrians and drivers increasing safety for both. The trains along the line will be able to run a bit faster, delivering people to locations throughout Evanston and Chicago with greater ease and speed. More>>>