Port Moody, BC Canada | 2014
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has managed bus and rail mass transit for the city of Chicago since 1947, serving 1.7 million riders per day. In 1900, the Wilson Station, then known as the Uptown Station, opened as a transfer station where two rail lines come together.
"...using galvanized steel rather than the previous concrete columns also meant the very busy Wilson and Broadway Avenues below now have more lanes for local traffic."
The CTA has a great history of using hot-dip galvanizing on many projects. The Wilson Station project required strict adherence to a budget, the best available corrosion protection, and little maintenance. Hot-dip galvanizing provided the answer to all of these requirements. The initial cost, the lifespan of galvanizing, and avoiding station shutdowns for maintenance were all factors in their decision.
The new $203 million station will have disability accommodations, artwork, and retail shops. Not only did the new station help CTA riders, but thanks to the strength-to-weight ratio, using galvanized steel rather than the previous concrete columns also meant the very busy Wilson and Broadway Avenues below now have more lanes for local traffic.
On the north side of Chicago, the new CTA Wilson Station now provides a handsome transfer station where Red Line and Purple Line commuters can safely ride to and from their busy business and personal lives. The station will have little maintenance, avoiding costly shutdowns and hassles for Chicagoans because once again, the CTA made the right choice with hot-dip galvanizing.
Bridge & Highway
Chicago, IL United States
Coating Durability, Corrosion Performance, Ease of Specifying, Initial Cost, Life-Cycle Cost, Prior HDG Experience, Sustainability
7,000 tons of beams, columns, girders, plates, platform canopies, ramps and stairs
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
Walsh Group (general contractor)
Munster Steel Co., Inc.
Industrial Steel Construction, Inc.
K & K Iron Works LLC
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