IDOT LAGRANGE ROAD RESURFACING PROJECT UPDATE (7-19-18)

July 19, 2018 – Staff attended the pre-construction meeting at IDOT. Here is a summary of the items discussed which pertain to Countryside:

  • The project extends from I-294 to 31st Street.
  • K-Five Construction is the general contractor.
  • The work is scheduled to begin around August 6th of this year.
  • The contract has a provision to complete all work south of Joliet Road by October 31, 2018.
  • The contract has a provision not to start any work north of Joliet Road in 2018.
  • The contract has a provision to complete all work north of Joliet Road by September 30, 2019.
  • All work south of Joliet Road will be done under night time operations since it will not impacting any residential areas.

ITEP STREETSCAPE PROJECT

Phase II of the Streetscape Project is winding down. Details of this project include a large Welcome to Countryside sign at the northwest corner of Joliet and LaGrange Road, enhanced landscaping, tree and tree grate installation, stamped concrete sidewalks, and streetscape furniture installation.

IDOT is the lead agency on this project. The City was awarded an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) grant with the City of Countryside funding $437,500.00 for the project and the remaining $1,750,000.00 being paid for using federal funds through the ITEP grant. The total cost of the project is $2,187,500.00. Work began on this project in September 2017, the anticipated completion date was November 2018, however, due to some construction delays and punch list items, the project will not be completed until the Spring of 2019.

CITY HALL / POLICE STATION PROJECT

These updates can be found under the section “New Municipal Complex – Updates”, located under the General tab from the main page of the City’s website. Click HERE to be directed to that page.

IDOT PROJECT – 55th STREET FROM WOLF ROAD TO BRAINARD AVENUE

The Illinois Department of Transportation (Department) has completed preliminary engineering and environmental studies (Phase I) for the improvement of 55th Street from Wolf Road to Brainard Avenue in Cook County.  This project was included in the Joliet Road Feasibility Study, which recommended several roadway improvements to mitigate traffic impacts from the closure of Joliet Road.  This project is included in the Department’s FY 2018-2023 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.  Our current engineering efforts are targeted to enable a contract letting in the middle years of our current multi-year program contingent upon plan readiness, land acquisition, and funding availability through our future annual legislative appropriations.  The general scope of work for this improvement consists of widening and resurfacing 55th Street to provide a median and left turn lanes, adding a southbound right turn lane along Willow Springs Road, traffic signal replacement, pedestrian and bicyclist accommodations, and drainage improvements.  A PDF of the approved project report can be downloaded HERE for the next five days. 

A public hearing was held on August 24, 2016 at the Pleasantview Fire Protection District Headquarters Building at 1970 W. Plainfield Road.  For a copy of the Public Hearing Brochure click HERE.

July, 2017 Update:  The Illinois Department of Transportation is nearing completion of a preliminary engineering and environmental study (Phase 1) for the improvement.  This project is included in IDOT’s FY 2018-2023 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.  IDOT is targeting a contract letter in the middle years of our current multi-year program contingent upon plan readiness, land acquisition, and funding availability through our future annual legislative appropriations.

For more information click HERE.

IDOT PROJECT- 55th STREET AND LAGRANGE ROAD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is proposing widening 55th Street from East Avenue to LaGrange Road.  This project will include:

  • A continuous 5 lane road with a center turn lane.
  • Dedicated right turn lanes at the north, east and west legs of the intersection.
  • Increased stacking of cars for left turns (including raised medians for safety)
  • Continuous sidewalks for pedestrian safety.
  • Traffic signal modernization
  • Lighting & drainage improvements.

This project is included in the IDOT’s 5-year plan for 2018-2023.  If funding is available, IDOT anticipates bidding the project in 2019 or 2020.

Please click HERE to view IDOT’s Presentation:

Email IDOT for Comments or Concerns: DOT.55thstreet@illinois.gov

BRAINARD AVENUE SHARED-USE PATH

In 2014, the City was awarded an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) grant for the installation of a shared-use path along the east side of Brainard Avenue from Joliet Road to 55th Street. IDOT is the lead agency on this project. The City is funding $145,550.00 for the project, $946,200.00 is being paid for using federal funding through the ITEP grant, and $90,000.00 is being paid for using Invest in Cook County grant funding (the City was notified that it was a recipient of the Invest in Cook County grant in July 2018).

This project is on the March 2019 State letting schedule and work should begin within six weeks of the letting date. The scope of work consists of earth excavation, installation of an aggregate base course and hot mix asphalt; storm sewer and drainage improvements; pavement markings; signage; traffic signal modifications and parkway restoration. The path will be fully operational by the fall of 2019.

CENTRAL TRI-STATE TOLLWAY (I-294) UPDATE (7-5-18)

UPDATE on 5th Avenue Cutoff Bridge over I-294 (9-5-18):  Work has begun on the 5th Avenue Cutoff bridge over I-294 on September 4, 2018 and will continue through mid-October.  This work will take the bridge down to one lane with a temporary traffic signal directing traffic.  Please click HERE for more information.

UPDATE on Crossroad Bridge (8-21-18):  Depending on the weather, the traffic on Willow Springs Road over I-294 will be shifted the week of August 27th.  Southbound traffic will be shifted to the southbound shoulder, and the northbound traffic will be shifted to the southbound side.

UPDATE (7-5-18): The Illinois Tollway is repairing 9 local crossroad bridges carrying traffic over the Tri-Sate tollway (I-294), between Cermak Road in Westchester and 5th Avenue in Countryside.  Most of the work is expected to be complete by the end of the year.  Please click HERE for further details.

The Central Tri-State Tollway Plan will be available to the public in January. Preparations for this project started in 2015 with several planning meetings, and open houses were held in April 2017 at three separate locations. The plans have been finalized, and work will begin in several phases from 2019 through 2025. Improvements on this $4 billion dollar project include: widening and adding extra lanes where needed, the re-configuring and improvement of the I-290/I-294/I-88 interchange, improving the I-55 interchange, new interchanges for local access, and  regional storm water improvements. All of these improvements are fully funded through Tollway revenues. The first part of the project will be the reconstruction of the mile long bridge, which will take place from 2019 – 2023. There is a possibility that 5 homes in Countryside will be purchased by the Tollway. Tollway Officials will be reaching out to those residents in the next few weeks. Countryside is still included on the plan for sound walls in various locations. More information on the project can be found on the Tollway’s website: www.illinoistollway.com/outreach

I-55 MANAGED LANE PROJECT

There will be a public meeting on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. at Toyota Park, Stadium Club, located at 7000 Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, IL  60455.  The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will discuss important updates to the preliminary engineering and environmental study (Phase 1) for the improvement of Interstate 55 from Interstate 355 to Interstate 90/94 project.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) initiated the I-55 Managed Lane Study. The purpose of the study is to evaluate options for improving traffic flow by adding an additional managed lane in each direction along the I-55 corridor (between I-355 and I-90/94). Representatives from the IDOT met with the Mayor and City staff to discuss the results of their study and the recommendations that will be presenting to the public at three upcoming forums.

The current recommendation includes an express lane in each direction which will require a toll. These additional lanes will make use of the existing inside median. The traffic noise analysis which was completed in February includes proposed noise walls in Countryside (click on the I-55 chart below).  All property owners within the blue shaded area will be receiving a letter from IDOT requesting them to vote on the installation of the noise wall. Please be sure to vote. IDOT requires a minimum response rate of 33% and a minimum of 50% of those responding to vote in favor of the noise barrier to proceed.

General information:
http://www.i55managedlaneproject.org/about_study/

Noise wall voting process:
http://www.i55managedlaneproject.org/information_library/news_events.aspx#news_1

Noise Analysis Results:
Upcoming Public Forums

I-55 Chart