The prospect of cutting the commute time to the Loop / West Loop down to 15 minutes has made the new Edgewater Metra Station at Ridge & Peterson quite the hot topic for residents of Edgewater the past few years.
New Edgewater Metra Station Opening Delayed to 2017
Edgewater Metra Station Construction Pushed Back Another Year
Edgewater Metra Station in 2015 Excites Neighbors Despite Parking Concerns
Drawings Released of New Metra Union Pacific North Station in Edgewater (2013)
While that may still be tied up with the stalemate in Springfield, according to a statement by Alderman Ameya Pawar yesterday (below), it looks like the project to build a second new Ravenswood Station and improve the bridges in the 47 Ward are on track. With any luck they can work through the issues in Springfield that are holding up the other planned project for the residents of the 40th & 48th Wards of Edgewater soon.
“Dear Neighbor, The second phase of work by Metra and Union Pacific on the Ravenswood Station and 11 bridges along Ravenswood Avenue is expected to begin late this year. We recently met with Metra, Union Pacific, their engineers, and design team to go over the broad outlines of this project. This second phase includes the construction of new bridges and inbound tracks over Grace, Irving Park, Berteau, Montrose, Sunnyside, Wilson, Leland, and Lawrence in the 47th Ward. It also includes the construction a new inbound (east side) station that mirrors the outbound station on the west side of the tracks. Once the new station is in operation, the temporary platform north of Lawrence will be removed.
Once a contractor is selected later this summer, we will hold a community meetings for residents and business owners on and around the Ravenswood Corridor to discuss the project in greater detail. I will keep you updated as this project moves forward.”