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New Loop 'L' Stop Construction To Shut Down Wabash Avenue Traffic

By David Matthews | March 16, 2017 12:45pm | Updated on March 16, 2017 3:42pm
 Construction of a new CTA station at Washington Street and Wabash Avenue will close a portion of Wabash to vehicles Monday, with work expected to last 18 months. Check out renderings of the finished project.
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THE LOOP — Construction of the new "L" stop coming to Wabash Avenue and Washington Street will shut down a Loop intersection and disrupt Downtown trains this weekend. 

The intersection of Wabash and Washington will be closed to motorists from 9 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, the city's Department of Transportation said. 

Downtown "L" trains also will be rerouted. 

• Orange and Brown Line trains will merge into one route between Kimball and Midway via the LaSalle/Van Buren stop. 

• Green Line trains will continue to operate between Harlem and 63rd, but stops on Lake Street and Wabash Avenue, including the Clark/Lake, State/Lake, Randolph/Wabash and Adams/Wabash stations, will be skipped. The Green Line train will make Downtown stops on the Brown Line route, including the Harold Washington Library/State-Van Buren.

• Pink Line trains will run between 54th/Cermak and Polk, then to the Racine Blue Line stop for connecting service to and from Downtown. 

• Riders can transfer between elevated trains and Blue and Red line subways using the Harold Washington Library and Jackson stations.

The new stop at Washington and Wabash will "probably" open later this spring, Transportation Department spokesman Michael Claffey said. 

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