As spring approaches, we (the GRCC) have received an increase in requests for a Ravenswood Metra Construction Update. The new station, located at Lawrence and Ravenswood avenues, is the final component of a larger, years-long renovation project for Metra’s Union Pacific North line. We reached out to 47th Ward Alderman Matt Martin’s office for updates and are excited to shed some light on next steps and, of course, a projected timeline for the end of work.
The next phase of construction, slated for spring, will focus on replacing sidewalks, pedestrian walkways, and curbs. Crews anticipate completing this work in April/May 2022. The ultimate timeline will depend on weather conditions. Once this reconstruction is complete, there should be little further impact on the public way. From there, work will move indoors. At the time of this post, crews anticipate construction will conclude in “mid-to-late 2022.”
Thanks to Alderman Martin’s office for keeping us current with updates on this work. Have a question about this project? Contact Josh Mark, 47th Ward Director of Development and Infrastructure at (773) 868-4747 or email@example.com. For the most current alerts, sign up for the 47th Ward newsletter at www.aldermanmartin.com.
Nearby: After Almost 5 Years, Apartments Near Ravenswood Metra With Affordable Housing Could Begin Leasing In Fall – Block Club Chicago
About Metra’s Ravenswood Construction Project
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 demolished and replaced bridges and tracks from Grace St and Balmoral Ave. This included work on associated drainage connection to the existing storm sewer system.
Crews installed temporary earth retention systems, which were necessary to construct the bridge foundations. They also installed approximately 6,100 feet of retaining walls at 11 locations across the project area. The removed embankment material was re-used as fill in.
Next, the project called for reconstruction of the eastern side of the Ravenswood Metra Station. According to project consultants RS&H, “the unique station uses a two-span railroad bridge as its roof structure.” Upgrades will 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.