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The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) next week will begin major work on two rehabilitation projects: the Orange Line's 18th Street Connector and the Harrison Red Line Station. The projects are part of a $92 million program aimed at improving transportation service on Chicago's near south side.The $25 million Orange Line 18th Street Connector project calls for making repairs to the half-mile corridor in order to provide a smoother ride. Work includes waterproofing and trackwork, such as the replacement of worn ties and components. CTA also will address aesthetic and water seepage issues. The Orange Line connects the Chicago Loop with Midway International Airport. The $10 million Harrison station project includes structural and cosmetic repairs at the 70-year-old facility, following the tunnel lighting improvements and painting that were completed last year. CTA will build two main entrance canopies; waterproof the facility to reduce water pooling in the mezzanine and platform areas; install new granite flooring and lighting; and repair all three station stairways. Once the project is completed, the Harrison station will become CTA's first station to be fully equipped with LED lighting throughout.