Chicago Metra awards $33 million contract to John Burns Construction

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

Chicago Metra has awarded a $33.4 million contract to rehabilitate and expand the 95th St./Chicago State University Station on the Metra Electric Line.

Awarded to John Burns Construction of Westmont, the contract includes the replacement of the existing headhouse, platform and stairs; construction of a new street-level entrance on 95th St. with a new storefront, enclosed entrance area, and a new elevator; construction of a new platform with full-length canopy; construction of a new CSU campus headhouse; and a walkway and bike lane that connects to a new commuter parking lot and new tunnel entrance.

The work is expected to start later this summer and take about 40 months to complete.

“Approval of the contract for the remodel and transformation of the Metra station on Chicago State University’s campus will provide our campus and community with access to critical transit assets and connectivity,” said Z Scott, president of Chicago State University. “Today’s announcement, which has been more than five years in the making, would not have been possible without the collaboration and leadership of political and government officials and the impactful members of our community all working together toward the realization of this transit transformation.”

The 95th Street/CSU Station is one of several Metra Electric Line stations being renovated as part of a multiyear, multimillion-dollar effort to improve and make accessible stations along the line.

Work is currently underway at the 79th Street/Chatham, 103rd Street/Rosemoor, 147th Street/Sibley and Homewood stations, and work is expected to start later this year at the 87th Street/Woodruff Station.

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