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Metra Station Construction Start Pushed Back

Contractor bids won't be opened until Aug. 7, according to the City of Oak Forest.

Breaking ground on the City's new Metra station could be delayed to the fall, City Administrator Troy Ishler said Friday.

The opening on the bids for the project won't be opened until Aug. 7, which is pushing back the expected start date. The would then vote on a bidder, giving the go-ahead for the contractor to begin. 

Contruction could begin in August or possibly as late as September, Ishler said.

"That’s what we’re hoping for," he added.

The new $3.4 million Metra station was expected to break ground in July. It is planned for 159th Street and Cicero Avenue and will have several amenities, including a warming shelter, restrooms, indoor and outdoor seated waiting areas and a geothermal heating system.

Two grants will help pay for the project. Oak Forest received $1 million from the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association and $1.3 million from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The current station in Oak Forest serves about 1,600 weekday passengers and is on the Rock Island District route.

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Ruth Ensing July 31, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Any idea where the last million dollars is coming from to pay for the station?
John Groskopf August 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM
we really need this station. tinley park has done a really good job with theirs'. i think a space for a little coffee stop would be great. forget the proposed gold's gym there and get a taxed base businesses there, and don't tax the daylites out ofbusiness

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