Construction began Monday on phase two of the expansion of Romeoville's Metra station parking lot.
The build out will add 160 spaces to the station's commuter lot, according to a news release from Metra.
"Parking at the Romeoville station on Metra’s Heritage Corridor Line has been in high demand since the station opened in February of this year," the release said.
The Romeoville Village Board approved a contract at its Sept. 5 meeting to begin the construction of phase two of the parking lot. Construction is expected to be completed in January of next year.
The new parking lot will add 160 spaces with a new layout to allow for more permit parking. When the lot opened in February, the parking lot provided 123 parking spaces, 23 of which were permit spaces, with the remainder open to daily parking for a $1 fee. The lot quickly filled to capacity, necessitating the parking expansion, according to the release.
The Joliet-based construction firm P.T. Ferro was awarded the $574,440.36 parking expansion contract. Metra and Romeoville are sharing the project costs.
Service to the new Romeoville station began Feb. 5. It is the first new stop on the Heritage Corridor since Metra’s creation in 1984 and the first new stop on any Chicago-area Metra line since 2011, the release said. The Heritage Corridor Line runs on weekdays between Joliet and Chicago Union Station.