By Heywood Hoffman
9:16 PM CDT, September 7, 2012
Monday marks the start of a complete renovation of the Clark/Division Red Line CTA stop, which will remain open during construction but require a portion of Division Street to be shut down for nearly two years.
The entire $41.1 million reconstruction of the 1940s-era station will take until mid-2015, the Chicago Department of Transportation announced.
Beginning Monday morning, one half-block of Division, from LaSalle Street to the alley west of Clark Street, will be closed to traffic for approximately one year. Clark and LaSalle will remain open.
Next fall Division will partially reopen to traffic, but for about another nine months it will be one eastbound lane. After Division fully reopens to traffic, the construction will continue underground for several more months, a CDOT release said.
Pedestrians will be able to access one side of Division at all times, but the CTA’s No. 70 Division bus will be rerouted for the duration.
According to CDOT, eastbound traffic on Division will be rerouted south on LaSalle to Chicago Avenue, east to Dearborn Street and back north to Division. Westbound traffic on Division will be rerouted south on Clark to Chicago, west to LaSalle and back north to Division.
“This project will be the first major renovation of the Clark/Division station since it opened during World War II,” CDOT Commissioner Gabe Klein said in the release.
The project includes new elevators and three new escalators; new floors, stairs, decorative walls and ceiling tiles; updated lighting, security and communication equipment; new cast iron street-level entrances; and new bike ramps and racks.
The new mezzanine at LaSalle will open in September 2014, then the renovation will continue on the original portions of the station to mid-2015.
CTA President Forrest Claypool said rail ridership was up more than 6 percent over the first six months of 2012, and in 2011 the Clark/Division station was the 16th busiest CTA rail station, with more than 2.54 million passengers entering.
“This is another example of the CTA and CDOT working together to modernize and improve the transit experience, and to meet increasing ridership demand—especially for our rail service,” Claypool said.
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