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Metra breaks ground on rehabilitation of Cicero Station

(August 7, 2012) - 
State Senator Martin A. Sandoval and Cicero Town President Larry Dominick joined Metra Acting Chairman Larry Huggins and Executive Director/CEO Alex Clifford on Tuesday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the rehabilitation of the Cicero Station on the BNSF Line.
 
The $4.5 million project, which is being funded by Metra’s share of money from the state bond program, calls for:
  • Two new seven-car platforms with tactile warning strips
  • A new warming house on the outbound side
  • A headhouse and ramp enclosure with a heated waiting area on the inbound side, and a reconstructed ramp to comply with ADA requirements
  • High-intensity overhead lighting
  • Utility improvements
  • Landscaping
  • A new parking lot
The station at 25th Place and Cicero was last rebuilt in the 1970s. The effects of time and weather have deteriorated its concrete stairways, ramps and tunnel, as well as the platform canopies. Click here to see a rendering of the new Cicero station.
 
When the rehabilitation work is completed in about 18 months, Cicero riders will have a safe, modern and appealing rail station and a new, paved parking lot with 136 spaces and room for the possible addition of 100 more. The new station and parking will also encourage new riders to commute from Cicero on Metra BNSF trains.
 
John Burns Construction of Orland Park was awarded the construction contract for the Cicero Station. John Burns’ most recent project for Metra was the construction of the new 35th Street station on the Rock Island Line.
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