Ravenswood Metra Construction Update August 2021

As summer winds down in Chicago and the seasons prepare to change, one thing remains constant in our neighborhood- construction continues on the Ravenswood Metra Station. The most recent updates from 47th Ward Alderman Martin’s office include significant progress, more planned work, and a few temporary partial street closures.

As of August 23rd, Leland Ave will be closed to traffic under the Metra tracks so that crews can install the new station’s platform. This closure is expected to last two weeks. Workers will maintain pedestrian access under the bridge and reopen one lane to traffic during the weekends.

A rendering of the new Metra Station being built at Ravenswood and Lawrence
A rendering of the new Metra Station at Lawrence and Ravenswood

At the same time, crews will also be complete outstanding sewer work, which will require digging across the east leg of Ravenswood Ave, just south of Leland. This will result in a partial closure of Ravenswood that is anticipated to last for one week.

When necessary, crews will coordinate with business and residents on the 4600 and 4700 blocks of Ravenswood Ave (as well as those on Leland) to allow vehicles to pass. They’ll also work to ensure the street is open outside of work hours.

These timelines are tentative and dependent on weather conditions.

Thanks to 47th Ward Alderman Matt Martin’s office for keeping us current with updates on this work. Do you have questions about this project? Contact Josh Marks, 47th Ward Director of Development and Infrastructure at (773) 868-4747 or josh@aldermanmartin.com. For the most current alerts, sign up for the 47th Ward newsletter at www.aldermanmartin.com.

About Metra’s Ravenswood Construction Project

An early rendering of the Ravenswood Metra Station
An early rendering of the Ravenswood Metra Station

First announced in 2010, this $30 million project included the renovation of 11 bridges and other infrastructure along Metra’s UP-N line, which runs through the heart of Ravenswood. First, crews worked to replace bridges and tracks from Grace Street north to Balmoral Avenue.

Next, the project called for reconstruction of the eastern side of the Ravenswood Metra Station. Upgrades include longer, covered platforms, warming shelters, new lighting, space for a ticket office, vendor space, stairs and ADA-compliant ramps. Metra completed construction of the western side of the station in 2015.


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