I am pleased to report the CTA and its contractors have begun work on the Loyola “L” Station revitalization project. This $11 million project, announced last year, will stabilize the existing infrastructure and make strategic upgrades to the Loyola “L” station and redirect passenger flow for pedestrian safety. The project also will include upgrades to the platform and viaduct over Sheridan Road and improved lighting and visibility.
The CTA, working in conjunction with Loyola University, will move the station entrance farther north and create a plaza in front of the reoriented station entrance, increasing safety for pedestrians by keeping them away from vehicular traffic. The project was presented at a community meeting I sponsored last April and received the unanimous support of those in attendance.
To view a rendering of the proposed plaza and station entrance, click on the attachment below:
The new design will allow for pedestrian flow to a safer four-way signalized intersection at Loyola and Sheridan, rather than have the entrance to the CTA underneath the viaduct and adjacent to a “blind” crosswalk.
Immediately north of the plaza, a curb-cut will be constructed that will allow for a westbound driveway. This driveway will provide access to the parking lot located behind the properties on Sheridan Road.
THE “L” STATION WILL BE OPEN AT ALL TIMES during the construction project, which is scheduled to be completed by spring of next year.
As with all construction projects, residents and commuters will experience some inconveniences. My office and I will work closely with the CTA and its contractor to minimize the inconveniences as much as possible.
Northbound traffic on Sheridan Road will be reduced to one lane under the viaduct, beginning Monday, September 17th, and continuing until the end of October. Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane under the viaduct from the end of October until mid to late November. In addition, one lane of traffic will be closed on Sheridan Road in each direction from Friday, September 28th until Monday, October 1st, to allow for trackwork and viaduct waterproofing.
Sidewalks near the Loyola station will be closed at different times throughout the construction period. Signs will be posted directing pedestrians around the construction site.
The north half of the Loyola “L” station platform is closed from now until mid-October. During this time, inbound trains will stop at the south end of the platform. The south half of the platform will be closed from the end of October until mid-November. During that time, outbound trains will stop at the north end of the platform.
I will continue to keep you informed as the project moves forward.