Monday, February 5, 2018

One Last Wilson Station Street Closure

The contact person for the project manager of the Wilson Station reconstruction project has written with some excellent news:
  • "Work is just about wrapped up. The contractor is working on the final worklist and will have a small crew bouncing around for the next couple months and should not cause much impact to the community as they finish up miscellaneous odds and ends."
  • "I would like to extend my thanks to all of you. You all have been extremely patient throughout the project and CTA is very appreciative of that."
  • "One of the items that will cause some impact, however, is the installation of the metal drip pans near Leland/Broadway area. These drip pans will serve as a shield to catch the drippings from the tracks above. In order to safely install these pans over Broadway street, the contractor has secured permits to close Broadway to traffic." 
  • Broadway between Ace Hardware (Clifton) and Leland will be closed on weekdays between 9am and 4pm until the job is finished. The permits allow it to go on through February 28th, but the contractor hopes to finish the job before then. Broadway will be open evening and overnight hours, and on weekends.
A friend tipped us off that if you have gotten CTA Track Drip(TM) on your car, you can use a very light application of mineral oil to get it off.

It's been a long haul (groundbreaking was in December 2014) since work began, but we got through it, with a beautiful new station as a result. 91 years in the making!


  1. The use of creasote-soaked ties was a severe misstep in the otherwise great project. The beams and structures looked like they were rusty or dirty as soon as the ties went up. At a public meeting in the fall, the head of infrastructure for the CTA admitted they should’ve extended the concrete over Broadway. Unfortunately, this is just the latest in a series of penny-wise, pound-foolish moves by the city. Hopefully they have better long-term thinking with RPM.

  2. I really wish they would have blocked off the parking spaces before they installed this drip plate because it ruined my paint