Metra officials said today that Union Pacific North line riders should not expect any schedule changes when work begins this spring on a project to replace century-old bridges on Chicago's North Side.
The project was originally planned to begin last summer but a new schedule caused delays and jammed trains, prompting an uproar among commuters and forcing Metra back to the drawing board.
The revised project will cost $40 million more than originally estimated, however, because new retaining walls along the west side of the tracks on Chicago’s North Side will have to be built.
The new retaining walls will allow Metra to keep two tracks in service through the bridge reconstruction, unlike the single-track plan put into effect last August.
Metra promised to consult with city of Chicago officials, aldermen and North Side residents to minimize disruption to the extensive landscaping along the tracks, and limit noise and vibrations to nearby residences.
The project also calls for the rebuilding of the Ravenswood Station. A community meeting is being planned for sometime in April on the project.