Lee-Van Aken Rapid Station Being Rebuilt

Crumbling concrete is one of the many issues that RTA is addressing by rebuilding the station on the Blue Line at Lee Road. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

Crumbling concrete is one of the many issues that RTA is addressing by rebuilding the station on the Blue Line at Lee Road. (Photograph by Craig Sanders)

Greater Cleveland RTA is rebuilding one of its busiest stations on the Blue Line in Shaker Heights.

Schirmer Construction of North Olmsted was awarded a $5.4 million contract to rebuild the Lee-Van Aken station.

Work began this spring and is expected to be completed in 18 months. The station remains open during the reconstruction. Approximately 80 percent of the project cost is being paid for with federal funds.

The Lee-Van Aken station was built in the 1920s when the original Shaker Rapid System was established.

The line was rebuilt in 1980-81 but no significant reconstruction has occurred since then.

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