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CTA to replace contract security with customer service as Wells re-opens

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Service on CTA Brown and Purple line trains returned to normal Monday morning after work crews rebuilding the Wells Street Bridge finished a major phase of construction.

Sometime around 4:30 a.m. the first CTA trains rolled across the bridge following a nine-day closure, the Chicago Department of Transportation announced.

Repairs on the 91-year-old bridge have caused headaches for commuters since March, when the first of two nine-day closures began. No more major CTA closures are expected as work proceeds on the $41 million project.

While much of the heavy lifting is out of the way, the lower level of the double-decker bridge will remain closed to motorists and pedestrians until November.

The bridge needed structural updates because of salt corrosion and weather-related wear and tear. It also received new electrical and mechanical components.

The affected CTA lines carry an estimated 77,000 commuters per day.

On May 19th, a five-month long reconstruction of the south end of the Red Line will begin. You may see some new faces at your closest L stop.

The Chicago Transit Authority is replacing contract security guards it's using now to patrol the platforms, with full and part time CTA customer service employees.

CTA officials said the move will make stations safer by employing people especially trained especially to do the CTA security work.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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