Reduce Congestion & Improve Transportation
Illinois Route 53/120 – Project Overview/Update
Finance Committee: The IL 53/120 Finance Committee met four times in 2014 and formed three working groups to identify potential ways to close the project funding gap, and discussed a draft final report outlining the recommended funding options. Final approval and recommendation to the Illinois Tollway is expected in spring 2015.
Land Use Committee: This Committee met twice in 2014 to discuss refinement of specific corridor areas with significant projected land use change (“Hot Spots”), areas with environmental restrictions (“Cool Spots”), Detailed Planning Areas, as well as existing conditions. The Committee also hosted two public input sessions i to present an overview of the planning process and analysis to date. The Land Use Committee plans to complete its report in June 2015.
2015 Construction Projects
LCDOT will again be busy in 2015 with a significant highway construction program, including 24 improvement projects with a combined value of $ 78.8 million that are expected to be awarded during the first six months of 2015. Learn more.
The Peterson Road corridor capacity improvement effort is moving forward. The project to widen Peterson Road to five lanes from US 45 to west of IL Route 83 is now 80% complete with all lanes including the intersection improvements at IL Route 83 now open to traffic. Learn more. The improvement to widen Peterson Road from west of IL Route 83 to west of Alleghany Road is expected to begin construction in the first half of 2015 and be complete by the end of 2016. Learn more.
Maximize Use of Technology
PASSAGE: Lake County continues to expand the PASSAGE ITS network across the county this year with construction underway on the installation of 11 new cameras, over three miles of fiber optic cable, five wireless links, and the replacement of eight traffic signal controllers. LCDOT is currently collecting input on how the public uses the PASSAGE system through a survey on the website. PASSAGE usage continues to increase with 987 additional iPhone downloads, 478 additional Android downloads, 167 additional Twitter followers (July – December 2014). LCDOT has acquired CMAQ funding for three traffic signal and fiber optic interconnect projects currently being designed.
Regional Consensus Transportation List
LCDOT continues to advocate for the improvement of state highway routes based on priorities identified in the consensus transportation list with the state legislature and IDOT. The Lake County State Highway Widening Consensus List was submitted to IDOT at its public input meeting last year for comment on projects which IDOT should consider for its upcoming multi-year program.
- US 45 (IL 60 to IL 22): The IDOT improvement of US 45 (IL 60 to IL 22) in Lincolnshire/Vernon Hills/Mundelein has received Design Approval and IDOT reports the hiring of a consultant to undertake the phase two work. IDOT has some, but not all, of the funding required for right of way acquisition programmed in their state fiscal year 2015 to 2020 Program.
- Canadian Pacific Railroad: The construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad viaduct widening at US Route 41 and IL Route 132 is now included in IDOT’s published state fiscal year 2015 capital program. This $17 million project will complete the interchange improvement, and construction should be underway in the summer of 2015.
- IL Route 131 (Sunset Ave to Wisconsin): IDOT’s Phase One Study for the proposed widening of IL Route 131 from Sunset Ave to the Wisconsin State Line is moving along. IDOT is working with the Waukegan National Airport so their roadway plan and the Master Plan for the airport incorporate the same preferred improvement. Hope is that a final public hearing occurs in the spring of 2015.
LCDOT continues to meet with members of the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC) and township representatives regarding coordination of existing paratransit services in the county. Last summer, the LCDOT applied for a grant on behalf of the LCCTSC for coordination of existing paratransit services in the Central Lake County area. We’ve received notification from the RTA that the project has been selected to receive approximately $164,000 of federal funding.
The Washington Street bike path project went out to bid late last year. This project will construct a segment of path from Atkinson Road to the College of Lake County and will connect residents with the existing Atkinson Road path system in Grayslake and the Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve. Eleven of the 24 improvement projects that will be awarded during the first six months of 2015 include non-motorized travel improvements.