BUCKTOWN — Faced with simultaneous weekend Blue Line and nearby Kennedy Expressway construction, the CTA decided to cut commuters some slack by calling off weekend track work between Logan Square and Western O'Hare stations later this month.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will be fixing up the Ohio Feeder ramp during three weekends this month, coinciding with the CTA's Blue Line improvement work scheduled for June 20-23.
The Kennedy revamp was expected to cause "significant" traffic back-up, IDOT said, and travelers were urged to use another route.
To add some alternatives to those who thought they might be walking and Divvying in summer heat that weekend, the CTA opted to reschedule the work for a to-be-announced date, CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said.
"We just recommend that customers prior to planning any trips along the Blue Line always check the [CTA's] website," she said.
The next scheduled work between Logan Square and Western stations, part of the $492 million O'Hare branch update, is this weekend. Like other weekend closures, the CTA plans to provide a shuttle buses at the shuttered stations.
After that, Blue Line commuters get a respite from the series of closures until July 25. Work is now expected to continue into September, Hosinski said.
The Damen and California stations are also scheduled to be closed for weeks starting in August, though the CTA has said the closures would not overlap and would be finished by Jan. 15 at the latest.