Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Year of Wilson Construction Work, In A Five Minute Video

A five-minute video from Luke Starkenburg showing the progress on the Wilson Red Line station over the past year. The time lapse shots and music make it nearly hypnotic and dreamy. Year One has accomplished a lot. We can't wait to see what's happening this time in 2016.


  1. I like the video! Time and PROGRESS marches on

    I look forward to the grand opening of the new Wilson Station ceremony.

    Rahmbo, Capplemaniac, whoever the Prez of the CTA is that day, and of course Sonic Shakes for everyone!

    I plan to sneak in the night before for the inaugural whiz.

    Speaking of whizzing a game harkens in Wrigleyville to our south. Go Cubs Go!

    Keep those fans whizzing through four more wins and on to the World Series!!

  2. I would really like to know what the labor costs are. They're probably sky high. Anybody know how much the workers get paid? Lots of overtime I betcha.

  3. I would like to see some sort of timetable from the CTA. When is the new track and platform expected to open? Then the next round of demolition? Next new tracks? The final opening is by the end of 2017?

  4. http://www.transitchicago.com/wilson/#Timeline

    -Pre-Construction (early-October 2014 through spring 2015): work will entail the relocation of some utilities; foundation work for new, relocated infrastructure; and the demolition of unused freight structure, CTA owned property, the Broadway Mall and the Majestic Men’s Wear building (the façade will be kept and restored per project plans).

    -Stage 1 (spring 2015 / 12 months): existing entrances remain open as crews construct temporary entrances on north and south side of Wilson Ave. and a temporary exit near Sunnyside; demolition and reconstruction of Track #1 (SB Purple); and construction of new southbound shared platform.

    -Stage 2 (spring 2016 / 7 months): all existing and new temporary entrances/exits open; demolition and reconstruction of Track #2 (SB Red); new westernmost platform in use.

    -Stage 3 (fall 2016 / 6 months): existing Wilson Ave. and Gerber entrances closed; demolition and reconstruction of Track #3 (NB Red); and construction of new northbound shared platform.

    -Stage 4 (spring 2017 / 6 months): demolition and reconstruction of Track #4 (NB Purple).

    -Stage 5 (fall 2017 / 2 months): opening of new main stationhouse and new permanent auxiliary entrances on north side of Wilson Ave. and at Sunnyside; realign final track configuration and remove temporary entrances/exits.