Glenview train station getting a facelift

Many of the damaged bricks at the Glenview train station were patched over with concrete in October 2008. | Sun-TimesMedia  file photo
Many of the damaged bricks at the Glenview train station were patched over with concrete in October 2008. | Sun-TimesMedia file photo

GLENVIEW — Work on Glenview’s nearly $200,000 Depot Train Station Stairs, Ramp and Handrail Renovation Project has begun.

On July 28, Boller Construction Company Inc. of Waukegan began the process of removing and replacing decayed concrete stairs, ramps, handrails and railings located at the station, as they are failing due to corrosion mostly caused by salt exposure from the platforms.

“The stairs and the railings are original to this building, which was erected in 1994, so it’s been 20 years,” said Village Communications Director Lynne Stiefel.

Concrete steps will be seal coated and hand railings will be made of aluminum, making them less likely to corrode when exposed to salt.

Stiefel said that Boller would complete a few sections at a time, working its way from the stair replacement and the railings around to the ramps.

Once completed, the work will bring the structures into compliance with the International Building Code and the Illinois Accessibility Code requirements.

The work, initially expected to cost $178,470, was delayed past its original April 1 start date when Metra proposed that the village make several changes to the plans for an additional cost of $19,304.

Boller is expected to finish the project in about a month.

Stiefel said that the project shouldn’t impede travelers’ commutes.

“An area might be blocked off, so they’ll have to move down the platform or maybe go around it, but it’s not going to stop train traffic,” she said.

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