Commuters using the downtown Riverside station will find that some access to the platform will be restricted during the next four to five weeks, because workers on Monday, March 25, will begin tuckpointing the brick structures on both sides of the tracks and replacing windows on the north platform.

Village Manager Peter Scalera said that the first phase of the work will include grinding the grout from between bricks. The work will be done in sections and the work areas will be enclosed, which will restrict access to those parts of the train platform. That phase of the work is expected to take about three weeks.

Once all of the grout is removed, workers will re-apply mortar between the bricks. Toward the end of the project, the windows on the north side of the platform will be replaced with vandal-proof panes.

The work, which will cost the village close to $150,000, is being funded by a grant through the West Suburban Mass Transit District.