Ragnar Benson Starts Work on CTA Track Renewal Project
Author: Ragnar Benson
Date posted: 5/21/2012
Ragnar Benson began work in late April on the $33.8 million Track Renewal project for the Chicago Transit Authority. The project involves replacement of deteriorated track and rail ties along the Wells and Van Buren elevated tracks, as well as track components that were installed in the early 1980s that are nearing the end of their useful life.
Portions of the Loop-elevated system that will undergo renewal work include the track and structure along Wells and Van Buren streets, the Hubbard Curve and the Tower 18 and Tower 12 junctions. The project will also include replacement of other rail system components including foot walks, traction power and signal cabling, signal panels, switch machines, and rail lubricators.
This project will help ensure safe and reliable rail service and is part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building a New Chicago program, which is updating infrastructure that's critical to the city—and includes improvements that will help ensure that the CTA continues to serve customers as effectively as possible.
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