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About the Program

A safe and efficient transportation system contributes to quality of life for the residents of Lake County, Lake County businesses also rely on this network to move goods and services through the county and to help workers get to their jobs. Our transportation system is one of the most visible and fundamental assets of the county: A system of 300+miles of major collector arterial highways and more than 59 miles of bike facilities (separate bike trails, on-road bike paths and paved bike roadway lanes) maintained by the Lake County Division of Transportation.

View 2015-2020 project listing (pdf)
​​View the 2015-2020 Highway Improvement Program Executive Summary​​​​

Funding the Program

The 5 Year Program is a means of scheduling projects in the county’s Long Range Transportation Plan. Since most highway projects take several years of study and engineering to properly address roadway design, drainage, environmental, municipal and public coordination issues, the implementation of the 5-Year Program is a continual process, like an assembly line. Many of the projects in this program are on the assembly line at varying points of readiness -- carried forward from year to year through the general phases of planning, design, construction and maintenance. This 5-year program covers program years 2016-2020, and also includes projects in the approved budget for the current county fiscal year, 2015.

Capital Programming

Funding Priorities

Lake County tries to preserve the existing highway system and modernize its operation before allocating capital resources for expansion. Some projects are designed to address traffic flow problems associated with peak travel times (about 20% of the daily traffic), while others provide benefits to all daily highway users. Projects which are already under construction and for which funds will be paid out during the current fiscal year are also included.

Funding Priorities

Fund Sources

The program is fiscally constrained by the revenue expected to be available. Lake County uses funds from five tax sources to accomplish highway projects: County Highway Tax, County Bridge Tax, Matching Tax, Motor Fuel Tax and 1/4% Sales Tax for Transportation and Public Safety. In addition, some project costs are shared by federal, state and local governments, townships and developers.

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