Update on Monday Aug. 12: Foster Avenue at the Union Pacific North Line railroad tracks in Chicago will remain closed through Friday, Aug. 16.
Foster Avenue at the Union Pacific North Line railroad tracks will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, July 29 due to ongoing work to replace bridges along Metra’s Union Pacific North Line.
The closure, which will start Monday, July 29 and extends through Monday, Aug. 12, will allow Metra’s contractor to begin the construction of the abutments for the 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 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.
Following the completion of the work at Foster Avenue, Metra’s contractor, Lisle-based Judlau Contracting Inc., plans move the work south to Winnemac Avenue. Winnemac will also be closed to through traffic and motorists will be asked to follow a similar detour route using Ashland Avenue, Lawrence Avenue and Damen Avenue.