The area surrounding the Cicero Avenue Station on Metra’s Milwaukee District West Line in the City of Chicago was in the middle of a revitalization. Improvements to commuter access and operations was integral to the overall redevelopment effort. Metra enlisted Benesch to prepare and design plans for construction of the new station which included approximately 1,500 linear feet of retaining walls; a new railroad overpass; two passenger platforms; four station structures; four station access staircases; and two elevators. Construction proved to be extremely complex, as the new structure required working in and around four live tracks. In addition, a new bridge across Cicero Avenue was being created to allow separation of freight and commuter train operations. Another challenge was performing work without disrupting the flow of traffic to passing passenger and freight trains. The benefits of the new station included: significant ADA upgrades; direct passenger access to the Cicero Avenue and Grand Avenue bus lines; safe access on both sides of the street; and the ability to increase train speed following the determination that only one station was needed instead of two smaller, separate stations on each side of the road.
Cicero Avenue Station
- New retaining walls
- New railroad overpass
- Four station structures and two new passenger platforms
- Significant ADA upgrades, including four access staircases and two elevators
- Extensive stakeholder coordination
- New, direct access for passengers to two bus transit lines