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Red Line Construction to Close Glenwood Ave. Until 2014

By Benjamin Woodard | October 29, 2012 10:06am

ROGERS PARK — The Chicago Transit Authority closed the east side of Glenwood Avenue between Farwell and Pratt Monday ahead of construction of a 35-foot-tall electrical substation.

The substation will boost electricity to the train tracks, allowing CTA trains to travel faster, according to Ald. Joe Moore (49th).

Tracks on the Far North Side have long been plagued with "slow zones," which don't allow trains to travel at full speed.

While Glenwood, which straddles the Red Line, closed Monday, the west side remained open to traffic. The east side of Glenwood, where the station will be located, is not expected to reopen until April 2014.

The construction comes at a time when much of the Red Line on the North Side is being renovated. The Morse station was closed for six weeks this summer, while the CTA also replaced tracks.

The Jarvis station, located one stop north of Morse Avenue, is set to close at 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, and reopen on Dec. 13, according to Alderman Moore's office.

In October, the CTA announced a $203 million plan to reconstruct the Wilson station in Uptown. The community there is hopeful the new station will bring economic revival to the rundown area.