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Railroad bridge project to close Lawrence Avenue Oct. 7-14

(October 4, 2019) - 

Lawrence Avenue at the Union Pacific North Line railroad tracks in Chicago will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, Oct. 7 due to ongoing work to replace bridges along Metra’s Union Pacific North Line.

The closure, which will start Monday, Oct. 7 and extend through Monday, Oct. 14, will allow Metra’s contractor to continue the construction of a new railroad bridge over the roadway. Metra is in the middle of a $17.2 million project to replace 11 century-old rail bridges from Grace Street north to Balmoral Avenue on Chicago’s North Side. 

During the closure, westbound traffic on Lawrence will be detoured south on Ashland Avenue to Montrose Avenue, then west on Montrose to Damen Avenue and then north on Damen to Lawrence. The detour for eastbound traffic on Lawrence will be south on Damen to Montrose, east on Montrose to Ashland and then north on Ashland to Lawrence. During the closure, local traffic will have access to the side streets and businesses along Lawrence Avenue. 

Following the completion of the work at Lawrence Avenue, Metra’s contractor, Lisle-based Judlau Contracting Inc., plans to move the work north to Foster Avenue and south to Wilson Avenue in Chicago. Foster and Wilson at the railroad tracks will be closed to through traffic from Tuesday, Oct. 15 to Tuesday, Oct. 29. 

Westbound traffic on Foster Avenue will be detoured south on Ashland Avenue to Lawrence Avenue, then west on Lawrence to Damen Avenue and then north on Damen to Foster Avenue. The detour for eastbound traffic on Foster will be south on Damen to Lawrence, east on Lawrence to Ashland and then north on Ashland to Foster. During the closure, local traffic will have access to the side streets and businesses along Foster Avenue.

Drivers headed westbound on Wilson Avenue will be detoured north on Ashland to Lawrence Avenue, then west on Lawrence to Damen Avenue, then south on Damen to Wilson. Eastbound drivers will be detoured north on Damen to Lawrence, then east on Lawrence to Ashland and then south on Ashland to Wilson. During the closure, local traffic will have access to the side streets and businesses along Foster Avenue. 
 

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