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Three Months In, Red Line Project Running On Schedule

The Red Line reconstruction project is three months in, more than halfway done. (Credit: Vince Gerasole/CBS)

The Red Line reconstruction project is three months in, more than halfway done. (Credit: Vince Gerasole/CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Monday marks the three month mark in the CTA’s five-month effort to rebuild the Red Line South from the ground up.

And while it may not look like it, CTA Chief Infrastructure Officer Christopher Bushell said the project is on time and on-budget.

“All demolition is complete. Not almost complete, but complete,” he said.

So are the ducts that will carry the wiring for signals, power and other needs. The wire itself is being placed in the ducts.

Working north from 95th Street, Bushell said drainage is done to 47th Street, the crushed stone roadbed and the ties that hold the tracks are in place to 63rd and rail is being laid from both ends.

Elevator shafts have been put into place at three stations and installation is underway. And painting is being done all along the line.

If all continues to go as scheduled, trains will roll again between the Roosevelt and 95th Street stations in two months, without slow zones.

Not all of the work will be complete, however. The 95th Street Red Line terminal will be rebuilt as part of a separate project next year.