FH Paschen has been awarded a $67,316,000 contract to build the new Damen Avenue Green Line infill station — after a design and procurement process that had many delays.
Streetsblog reports that the project was originally announced in 2017 by former mayor Rahm Emanuel and 27th ward alderman Walter Burnett Jr. The planned work included reconstructing a half-mile stretch of Lake Street from Ashland to Damen, then budgeted at $12.9 million.
The blog reports that the construction contract awarded on Sept. 28 indicates that “the totlal project cost has grown from the original budget of $72.9 million to $80,216,000, or $7,316,000 more than planned.”
Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) spokesperson Mike Claffey added few additional details, “promising that the city will make a formal announcement about the state of the project, including the finalized construction schedule,” Streetsblog says. “But judging from his statement last March, the station probably won’t be completed until at least late 2023. But, hey, better late than never.”