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CTA selects construction management team for Douglas branch rehab


Chicago Transit Authority recently took a step closer toward rehabilitating its century-old Cermak (Douglas) branch by selecting joint-venture partners Kenny Construction and DMJM+HARRIS to perform construction management services.

Nearly half of the branch’s six miles have deteriorated to the point where trains must operate at 15 mph — as opposed to the posted 55 mph limit.

The construction contract, valued at nearly $300 million, would include rehabilitating elevated track and station structures, and rehabilitating or replacing traction power distribution, substations, the signal system, communications, the rail yard and other track work.

Joint venture members Feb. 19 received the notice to proceed; the project is scheduled to be completed in 2005.

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