CHICAGO — Metra officials seek bids for the second phase of a major infrastructure project on the UP North Line. Railroad managers say they're looking to replace bridges that span 11 streets on the north side of Chicago because the more-than-100-year-old-bridges in place can no longer be economically repaired and maintained.
The work also includes the next round of station improvements at Ravenswood Station on the North Line. The project will add longer, covered platforms and warming shelters, new lighting, space for a ticket office, and other upgrades to the inbound tracks at the station. The outbound tracks and its platform boarding area were renovated about two years ago during the first phase of the project. The second phase is estimated to cost around $45 million.
Construction crews will focus first on the station renovations before transitioning to the bridge replacements. Work will begin sometime this summer.