AVONDALE — The $17 million Belmont Blue Line renovation project is finally taking shape as city officials this week announced the construction company they've hired to do the work.
Walsh Construction II will build the new station at 3355 W. Belmont Ave. with a soaring glass and steel canopy designed by local architecture firm Ross Barney Architects, the city announced on Wednesday.
Crews will also install new LED lighting, repave surfaces and install new signs to speed up bus boarding, according to the announcement.
First announced in 2016, the project is expected to begin in earnest early next year, according to city officials. The renovation is projected to be completed in late 2018, officials said.
CTA also will test prepaid boarding for trains and buses at the new station, the first station to try out the technology, officials said.
The Belmont Blue Line station opened in 1970 as part of the Blue Line's expansion from Logan Square to Jefferson Park. This will be the first major renovation.
The renovation will mark the final piece of the CTA's Your New Blue plan, which has brought track and station upgrades all along the north branch of the Blue Line since 2014.
The city also hired Walsh Construction to build the new $25 million Jefferson Park Transit Center.