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Purple Line service to be disrupted this weekend

Updated: June 21, 2012 3:18PM

If you’re a bridge fan, you might want to be around Evanston this weekend.

And if you’re a CTA rider in the area, you’ll want to think about alternate means of transportation.

Construction crews will knock down two deteriorated rail viaducts at Dempster and Grove streets to make room for shiny new steel bridges that will allow Purple Line trains to travel faster in the area.

The Greenleaf Avenue viaduct was replaced earlier this month. It took crews 55½ hours to demolish it and then place a new bridge on I-beam supports.

Now they’ll do it all again. Twice.

Rail service along the Purple Line will be suspended from the Howard station to the Davis Street station from 8:30 p.m. Friday until 4 a.m. Monday.

Bus shuttles will help L riders and make stops adjacent to the Howard, South Boulevard, Main, Dempster and Davis stations.

The shuttles will be frequent, leaving the Howard and Davis stations every five to 15 minutes and operating during normal Purple Line hours.

Customers can also take the No. 201 Central/Sherman bus as another option.

And the transit agency is catering to Pride Parade revelers on Sunday. It’ll be operating bus shuttle service along the Purple Line every five to eight minutes from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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