Promote development of State, Regional, County, and municipal transportation systems that provide for efficient, flexible movement through an integrated network of road, rail, public transit, and non-motorized (bicycle, pedestrian) modes of travel.
Illinois Route 53/120 – Project Overview/Update
Lake County and the LCTA have been actively involved in leading efforts to advance the IL Route 53/120 project and request the Illinois Tollway to move forward with the Phase I Engineering and Environmental Assessment Study. Lake County played a leadership role in developing the Finance Committee’s recommended funding plan for the project which outlined specific funding recommendations for the project. These funding recommendations were completed in April and shared with the Tollway Board.
Lake County has also participated in the collaborative Land Use Planning Process working with CMAP and corridor communities to develop a broad land use strategy for the entire corridor. The Lake County Board Chairman and staff have attended numerous meetings with mayors, Tollway and State officials and sent letters of support in an effort to advance this critical regional transportation improvement. The Land Use Committee plans to have a draft corridor plan for review this fall. www.ILRoute53.org
2015 Construction Projects
The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is busy this summer with a significant 2015 highway construction program underway. Thirty one transportation improvement projects with a combined value of $ 51.6 million have been awarded during the first half of 2015.
Peterson Road: The project to widen Peterson Road to five lanes from US 45 to west of IL Route 83 is now 99% complete. All lanes, including the intersection improvements at IL Route 83, are now open to traffic with new traffic signals operational at IL Route 83 and at Midlothian Road. The improvement to widen Peterson Road from west of IL Route 83 to west of Alleghany Road is now more than 20% complete. Paving of the new westbound lanes began in July.
Hawley Street: The Hawley Street corridor improvement in the Village of Mundelein has been awarded and utility relocation work and pre-stage activities are underway. This three lane road reconstruction and widening will include new pedestrian and bike path improvements and is expected to be complete in the fall of 2016.
Challenge Bond Program: Lake County’s Challenge Bond Program continues to progress.
Rollins Road/IL Route 83: Construction of the Lake County grade separation project at Rollins Road and IL Route 83 and the CN Railroad is over 81% complete with the improvement expected to be finished this fall.
Washington Street Thoroughfare: The Washington Street widening and grade separation project at the CN Railroad between Lake Street and Haryan Way is about 12% complete. Significant utility relocation work, mass grading for the roadway runaround and railroad shoofly, excavation of the detention basin and construction of the section of pavement that will lead into the roadway runaround east of the tracks are in progress.
The construction contract for the widening and reconstruction improvement of Washington Street to the west from Haryan Way to west of Hainesville Road has been awarded and utility relocation work and pre-stage activities have begun. Both of these projects are expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.
Maximize Use of Technology
Federal CMAQ funds are being utilized to interconnect traffic signals and expand the PASSAGE ITS network along IL Route 83 from Rollins Road north to the state line and along Lewis Avenue from Sheridan Road to IL Route 173 this year.
LCDOT recently completed a traffic signal timing study along six corridors. The results show that technology enhancements, adjusting signal timing, and coordinating signals through Lake County PASSAGE led to a reduction in delays, a reduction in fuel consumption, and a savings of approximately $9.8 million dollars a year.
LCDOT is in the final stages of installing adaptive signal control technology (ASCT) in the Gilmer Road travel corridor. ASCT reduces delays and congestion by continually adapting the traffic signal timing along the corridor. This new technology was first utilized by LCDOT in the Aptakisic Road travel corridor where it has been operational since late last year.
PASSAGE usage continues to increase with 787 additional iPhone downloads, 572 additional Android downloads, and 181 additional twitter followers (December 2014 – June 2015).
LCDOT staff continues to meet with members of the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC) and township representatives in Lake County regarding coordination of existing paratransit services in the county.
In April, LCDOT staff presented an overview and update on paratransit to the Public Works and Transportation (PWT) Committee. In June, LCDOT staff and the LCCTSC participated in a transportation meeting hosted by the Round Lake Area B.E.S.T organization to train case workers on transit and paratransit services available in their area. In July, LCCTSC presented additional information about its goals and work plan to the PWT committee.
The Rollins Road/IL Route 83 project includes the construction of a critical segment of the Millennium Trail. The grade separation provides a way for the trail and its users to safely traverse the CN Railroad and continue east along Rollins Road to a connection with the existing Millennium Trail in the Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve.
In May, engineering contracts were approved for two new non-motorized travel projects. Preliminary engineering has started for the Skokie Valley Bike Path Bridge over Lake Cook Road and the IL Route 137 multi-use path project that will extend from the Des Plaines River Trail in Libertyville to the Robert McClory Trail in North Chicago.
The Central Washington Street Challenge Bond project has begun. In addition to road improvements, LCDOT will construct the final segments of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations west of Hainesville Road to connect Round Lake, Round Lake Park, and Hainesville with the sidewalk and bike path to the east.
A contract was awarded in June to construct a new multi-use path along the south side of Washington Street from Atkinson Road to the Lancer Lane entrance to the College of Lake County in Grayslake. This project makes use of Federal Funds and fills a gap in Lake County’s Non-Motorized Travel network.