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updated: 8/9/2012 8:25 AM

Another $15 million going to Chicago 'El' project

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Associated Press

Another $15 million is going into a project to overhaul the line that forms the backbone of Chicago's "El."

The new money for the north Red Line stations project will be used to replace elevated stretches of track so deteriorated that train drivers are forced to slow down when they drive over them.

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Some of the money will also go toward additional viaduct repairs and waterproofing.

Seven aging stations are being transformed along the northern stretch of the Red Line.

The work is expected to be completed in early 2013 and is part of a larger $1 billion project by the Chicago Transit Authority to refurbish the entire 23 miles of the route.

The Red Line is the busiest route in the system with 250,000 riders a day.

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