If you live or work anywhere in the vicinity of Morse and Glenwood, I’m sure you are painfully aware of theextensive and unannounced street closures that occurred beginning last Thursday, May 31st. These street closures followed on the heels of a smaller set of street closures that occurred earlier this week on the 1400-1500 blocks of W. Sherwin and the 7300 block of N. Greenview. All the street closures are due to track work the CTA has undertaken as part of the planned improvements to the Morse and Jarvis “L” stations.
I was as surprised as you were when the street closure signs and barricades went up. The CTA provided no advance notice to me or the community. This lack of notice for such a massive undertaking is nothing short of stunning and completely unacceptable. As soon as the signs and barricades went up, I expressed my extreme displeasure to CTA President Forrest Claypool and his staff, demanding a meeting and thorough explanation of the necessity for the closures and a timetable for the work. The meeting took place at my office yesterday afternoon.
Here’s what I learned:
The preliminary track work at the Jarvis station is complete for the time being and parking restrictions are no longer in effect on Sherwin and Greenview. When it resumes, I have been assured by the CTA that adequate notice of parking restrictions will be provided.
The work at Morse and Lunt entails waterproofing and the installation of a new drainage system at the station to prevent the ongoing leakage that occurs every time it rains, brand new tracks in the areas of the station, and repair to the concrete track bed and walls.
The work at Morse and Lunt commenced last night (Friday, June 1st) and will continue until 4:00 a.m., Monday, June 4th. The work will resume again Friday, June 15th, 10:00 p.m., until Monday, June 18th, 4:00 a.m. The work is being performed on the weekends to minimize disruption to CTA commuters.
The Morse “L” Station will remain open during this phase of the construction. As part of the project this weekend, southbound (95th-bound) trains will not stop at Loyola, Morse or Jarvis until 4:00 a.m. Monday. For service from these stations, take a Howard-bound train to Howard and transfer to a 95th-bound train. For service to these stations, take a 95th-bound train to Thorndale and transfer to a Howard-bound train. When the track work resumes on June 15-18, Morse will remain open, but northbound trains will not stop at Loyola, Morse or Jarvis.
The CTA will be bringing in huge amounts of gravel and track and needs a large staging area for the materials and trucks that will be hauling them in. Until 12 Noon, Monday, June 4th, the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic and no parking will be allowed:
- Morse from Greenview to Wayne
- Lunt from Greenview to Sheridan
- Glenwood from Greenleaf to Farwell
The street closures and parking restrictions will resume on Thursday, June 14th, 7:00 a.m., until Monday, June 18th, 12 Noon.
Pedestrians will have access to their homes and businesses at all times during the construction.
All businesses on Morse and Glenwood will remain open and the Glenwood Sunday Farmers’ Market and the Hog Wild Pig Roast will take place as planned this Sunday on Glenwood between Farwell and Lunt.
The Morse station will close temporarily on Friday, June 29th, and is scheduled to re-open no later than Friday, August 10th. Additional street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect during some of that time period. I will make sure the CTA provides timely notice when they occur.
I’m sure you agree the upcoming improvements to our “L” stations are welcome and long overdue, but I share your frustration and disgust at the CTA’s utter failure to provide any advance notice for the street closures and work that have taken place over the last several days. Rest assured, officials at the CTA have heard our voices and have promised to keep us fully informed on all aspects of the “L” station work from this point forward. We shall see.
I will do my best to hold their feet to the fire and keep you fully informed of future street closures and CTA service interruptions through my electronic newsletter and Facebook and EveryBlock postings.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at email@example.com or contact the CTA directly through Jeff Wilson, the CTA’s Government and Community Relations Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.