"Thank you for your patience as we continue to modernize your Red and Purple Line.
Last week, the RPM team posted a Construction Activity Notice (CAN) to alert the community that Argyle Street between Broadway and the CTA tracks will be closed 9/19 and 9/20 so that our contractor Walsh-Fluor can remove and store the historic pagoda and “Asia on Argyle” sign from the Argyle station.
We understand how important these pieces are to the community, and we are working diligently to ensure both the pagoda and the sign are safely and securely preserved as we continue demolition in the area.
The project team is confirming now that the equipment needed to best relocate the pagoda and sign is available for tomorrow as scheduled and stated in the CAN. Should the team need to postpone the work, CTA will notify residents and customers of the date change via a new CAN and through our RPM Alerts e-blast list.
We would also like to share with you the plan for both pieces following the removal and through the end of the RPM Phase One Project.
The pagoda will be removed by Walsh-Fluor and will be stored in a CTA-owned and secured facility. CTA will work with the 48th Ward Alderperson’s office to discuss a final plan and location for the pagoda following the completion of the project.
The “Asia on Argyle” sign will be removed by Walsh-Fluor and will be stored in an offsite and secured facility by Walsh-Fluor as the sign is owned by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT). CTA and Walsh-Fluor will consult with CDOT following the end of the project to coordinate a new location for the sign.
Coming soon: W Argyle Street between N Broadway and the CTA tracks is scheduled to close again the week of 10/10 for viaduct demolition.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at RPM@transitchicago.com or call (331) 303-2499 and leave a message for callback. You can also visit us at the RPM Community Office at 5137 N Broadway on Monday through Thursday, 10am to 4pm."
UU Note: The "Asia on Argyle" sign was first installed in January 2013,