Fluor-Walsh JV begins reconstruction of CTA’s red line stations and tracks


Fluor and its joint venture (JV) partner Walsh Construction have broken ground on station house and track structure reconstruction for the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Lawrence to Bryn Mawr Modernization Project.

The project is part of a $2.1bn Red and Purple Modernization Program (RPM), which is claimed to be the largest project undertaken by the CTA.

The JV will be responsible for reconstruction of tracks and support structures along a 2.09km section of track. It will also replace 11 bridges through two Chicago neighbourhoods.

Additionally, the track signal system at four 100-year-old stations at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr will be upgraded to improve ride times and service reliability.

Fluor stated that most of the new structures will be constructed at track level to reduce the impacts to streets and free the space below the viaducts.

As part of the first major phase of RPM, the team will also demolish and reconstruct the stations at Lawrence, Argyle, Berwyn and Bryn Mawr.

The four new stations will feature elevators, escalator, wider platforms and improved lighting.

Fluor Urban Solutions business president Terry Towle said: “CTA is leading the country in infrastructure investment.

“It is ambitious programmes like this one that will allow cities and businesses to thrive in an urbanised world. Fluor’s contribution to CTA’s modernization project will improve mobility for millions of people for decades to come.”

The modernisation work from Lawrence to Bryn Mawr stations is planned to be completed in 2024 and the first phase of RPM is scheduled to be concluded in 2025.


Fluor JV breaks ground on Chicago Transit Authority Red Line stations and tracks. This is an artist rendering of the Argyle Underpass Auxiliary Station. Credit: Business Wire.


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