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9/16/2005



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CTA awards construction contracts totaling $68 million


The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) recently let several construction contracts for various projects.

The authority awarded two contracts totaling $65.4 million to Chicago-based FHP Tectonics Corp. to reconstruct the Chicago, Armitage, Sedgwick, Kimball, Kedzie, Francisco, Rockwell and Western stations.

The stations are being rebuilt as part of the $529.9 million Brown Line capacity expansion project, which includes rehabilitating a total of 18 stations, lengthening platforms to accommodate eight-car trains, upgrading or replacing traction power and reducing slow zones.

FHP will demolish the existing structures and build new stations, and install fare equipment and public-address systems.

In addition, CTA awarded a $2.8 million contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff Construction Services Inc. to oversee construction of a new transit station under Block 37, and tunnels and track to link the Blue and Red lines. The $213.3 million transit center will be funded by developer The Mills Corp., CTA and the city of Chicago.




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