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The State of Illinois will invest $540 million in Lake County to improve roads, repair bridges and ease traffic congestion, including $325 million for new projects, as part of the $23.5 billion Rebuild Illinois state infrastructure plan, according to a report released earlier this week by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
The long list of projects outlined in the proposed Highway Improvement Program (HIP) will be funded over a five-year period, from state fiscal years 2020 through 2025.
Lake County has worked closely with IDOT and its state elected officials to advance projects outlined in the State Highway Consensus Plan for Lake County, which includes a number of regionally beneficial transportation projects, road maintenance, bridge replacement and rehabilitation, and many other improvements to relieve traffic congestion in Lake County.
"Traffic congestion is a significant issue in many areas of Lake County,” said Shane Schneider, Director of the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT). “We have worked hard to identify and prioritize projects that will provide meaningful congestion relief to areas that have been bogged down by traffic. The projects announced by IDOT will positively benefit all who drive through Lake County.”
Highlights of the projects on IDOT's slate include:
LCDOT has worked hard to advocate for funding for Lake County's transportation needs.
"The County Board places a high priority on improving transportation infrastructure, which in turn improves the quality of life for all Lake County residents,” said Lake County Board Member Bill Durkin, who represents District 8 and chairs the Public Works, Planning and Transportation Committee. "Lake County officials have worked with state, county and local leaders to develop a plan to address our transportation needs and make commuting around Lake County easier."
Traffic congestion leads to less time with friends and family, delays in getting goods and services to market, increased fuel costs and a bigger carbon footprint.
“We are thrilled the state is investing in projects to make our roads safer and ease traffic for the residents of Lake County,” said Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart. "I am pleased that these problem areas, which have plagued commuters for years, will finally be addressed. This will not only improve the quality of life for our residents by enabling them to get to and from work faster, it will save on fuel costs and reduce our overall carbon footprint.”