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Blue Line Construction Between Western and Damen Starts This Weekend

 The CTA and mayor's office have announced a four-year, $492 million project that will overhaul the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line.
CTA's $492 million Blue Line Project
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CHICAGO — The Blue Line rehab heads to the Bucktown and Wicker Park areas this weekend and will close part of the line and sections of nearby streets as well as affect parking close to the sites, according to construction notices.

Weekend track closures that began for the massive O'Hare Line project in late March are scheduled between the Western and Damen stations from 10 p.m. Friday through 4 a.m. Monday, according to the CTA.

During to the work, there will be full street closures under the CTA tracks from 2000-2045 W. North Ave., 2044-2091 W. Concord Place, 2251-2274 W. Bloomingdale Ave. and 2305-2316 W. Moffat St., according to a notice from the CTA.

From 8 a.m. Thursday through 6 a.m. Monday, 1700-1727 S. Leavitt St. will also be closed.

Pedestrians can access North Avenue throughout the construction though they won't be able to get through the closed areas at Concord Place, Leavitt Street, Bloomingdale Avenue or Moffat Street.

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) also tweeted that the track closure will cause parking restrictions in the area.


According to the CTA notice, shuttle buses will be offered in place of "L" service and will run between Clark/Lake streets and Western Avenue.

The work that is scheduled to intermittently close sections of the Blue Line for 10 weekends between March and August includes replacing old parts on the Milwaukee elevated track between the Damen and Logan Square stops.

The construction comes less than two weeks after a Blue Line train derailed at O'Hare and injured more than 30 people, resulting in an estimated $6 million worth of damage.

By the end of the project, expected to last four years, the Damen Station will have a $20 million renovation, according to the CTA.

The $492 million undertaking, paid for through a mix of local, state and federal funding, affects stations from Grand to O'Hare.