CHICAGO — The Chicago Transit Authority on Wednesday approved a $153.6 million contract for the $203 million Wilson Red Line station makeover, and a $23.1 million contract for part of the 95th/Dan Ryan station overhaul.
Contracts for both projects went to Walsh/2-in-1 Joint Venture, the CTA said in a release.
“The Red Line is the backbone of the CTA rail system, carrying nearly 40 percent of all rail rides,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool in a statement. “These investments will benefit not only the thousands of customers who use them each day, but also the surrounding communities.”
The Wilson project aims to modernize the Wilson station, expand its capacity and make it the only Red Line/Purple Line transfer point between Belmont and Howard. Work is expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2014. CTA has said it would keep the station open during reconstruction, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
The selection of a contractor for the Wilson project had been stalled by complaints about the placement of support columns, but CTA resolved that dust-up with area business owners and community members earlier this year.
The 95th Street project would completely replace and expand the current station, which CTA says sees about 20,000 customers on the average weekday and serves as a bus terminal for more than 1,000 weekday bus trips.
Construction plans include replacing the station with two station buildings, and work is slated to begin in the fall.