Work resumes on construction of Pace Pulse stations after permit issues
by CYRYL JAKUBOWSKI
Work has been allowed to continue on the construction of Pace Pulse stations after delays following a stop work order issued by the city Department of Transportation.
The city issued a stop work in October after identifying concerns regarding permits dealing with the construction of the stations.
Pace spokeswoman Maggie Daly Skogsbakken said that the city has stated that the permits are now valid “so we are back to work getting done what we can before the winter weather sets in.”
Skogsbakken said that electrical work and other concerns have delayed the construction of the stations in the past but it was not clear why the permits were pulled.
“It looks like we are on track to open both Austin stations and NB Devon in the next week or two. These stations were near completion prior to the work stoppage and waiting on electrification,” Skogsbakken said.
Skogsbakken later said that beginning Monday, Dec. 16, the temporary bus stop stations at the southeast and northwest corners of Milwaukee and Austin avenues and the northeast corner of Milwaukee and Nagle avenues will be removed and passengers won’t be able to board the Pulse and Pace 270 buses at those locations. Passengers must board at both of the Austin and northbound Devon Pulse stations.
The boarding stations feature raised platforms, snow-melting pavement, heated shelters with seats, real-time bus arrival information, bike racks and the vertical markers designating the stations as Pulse stops.
In addition to Golf Mill and Jefferson Park, the Milwaukee Pulse route will have stops at Dempster, Main Street, Oakton Street, Harlem Avenue, Touhy Avenue, Devon Avenue, Austin Avenue and Central Avenue.