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The Chicago Transit Authority's (CTA) board yesterday awarded a $25.6 million design/build contract to F. H. Paschen/S.N. Nielsen and Associates L.L.C. for the rehabilitation of the Damen, Western and California stations as part of the "Your New Blue" project to improve and upgrade the O'Hare branch of the Blue Line.
The Damen, Western and California stations were built about 120 years ago. Improvements will include exterior station restoration work, such as painting, tuck-pointing, window and door replacement, sidewalk repair and platform repair or replacement, CTA officials said in a press release.
"These will be the first of several projects over the next four years to bring improved stations and faster, smoother commutes to the more than 25 million riders who use the O'Hare branch each year," said CTA President Forrest Claypool.
The project is part of the $492 million Your New Blue plan, which is the largest comprehensive investment for the Blue Line since it was extended to O'Hare in 1983. The project includes several track and station improvement projects along a 12.5-mile stretch of the Blue Line O'Hare Branch between the Grand and Cumberland stations, as well as upgrades to the signal system between the Jefferson Park and O'Hare stations.
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