The Beginning of the End
Metra construction in Ravenswood feels like it’s been going on forever but the end is finally in sight! The final phase of Metra’s bridge renovation project is starting with the demolition of the old bridges from Grace to Balmoral. Crews will tear down two bridges per week, with a full closure of each underpass to traffic for that week.
On Monday, October 19, crews from Judlau Contracting are planning to demolish the existing bridges over Leland and Sunnyside. Workers may begin mobilizing to these areas as soon as Wednesday, October 14. Leland and Sunnyside (under the tracks) will be fully closed to traffic for one week. Workers will allow for pedestrian traffic as much as possible, and Ravenswood Ave itself will remain open to traffic. Crews will work from 7am to 3:30pm.
Looking ahead, Judlua has scheduled demolition for the bridges over Lawrence Ave and Wilson Ave on Monday, October 26.
As soon as workers successfully tear down a bridge, they will mobilize and begin demolition of the next one on their list. Using to this approach, crews will be able to complete these upgrades as quickly as possible. It also means some bridge work and related closures may begin earlier than anticipated.
47th Ward Alderman Matt Martin’s office has organized weekly meetings with Metra, construction crews, the Greater Ravenswood Chamber, and local block clubs to review progress each week and address concerns. If you have question about these Metra construction projects, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Metra’s Ravenswood Construction Project
First announced in 2020, this $30 million project includes the renovation of bridges and infrastructure along Metra’s UP-N line, which runs through the heart of Ravenswood.
The project will also reconstruct the eastern side of the Ravenswood Metra Station to include longer, covered platforms, warming shelters, new lighting, space for a ticket office, vendor space, stairs and ADA-compliant ramps.