City officials say the CTA Purple Line retaining wall along Chicago Avenue is going to take longer than expected to repair — because the wall was in much worse shape than originally estimated.

The contractor working for the CTA on the project had expected to finish the work by the end of this week. But now the work is expected to continue through Nov. 11.

That means the outer southbound lane of Chicago Avenue will remain closed from Madison Street to South Boulevard.

Residents with questions about the project can call Pelayo Enerio “Jhun,” the city’s permits engineer, at 311.

The retaining wall repair work is part of a larger, $10.3 million project that will also see three Purple Line viaducts replaced at Grove, Dempster and Greenleaf streets.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. CTA Retaining Wall on Chicago Ave

    Kudos to the contractor for doing such a nice job repainring the former eyesore and hazard on Chicago Ave! I am a longtime neighbor and I am very impressed that they are matching up the design of the old wall and respectfully moving traffic barriers out of the public way when work is not being performed.

    THANK YOU CTA + their contractor!

    Respectfully submitted, Brian G. Becharas

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