ITEP STREETSCAPE PROJECT

The City has begun Phase II of the Streetscape Project. This project consists of the installation of new stamped concrete sidewalks along LaGrange Road and a large welcome sign will be constructed along the State’s right-of-way on the northwest corner of Joliet and LaGrange Roads. Other site amenities include enhanced landscaping, tree and tree grate installation, and streetscape furniture installation. This project will provide a nice gateway into Countryside.

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 September 11th,  and the majority of the work will be completed by the end of November.  

IDOT PROJECT

IDOT will begin working on traffic signals and curb work at the intersections of Plainfield and LaGrange Roads on September 20, 2017.

CITY HALL / POLICE STATION PROJECT

Rendering of City Hall/Police Station – Click HERE to view the rendering as of 10-17-17.

August 2017 – Bid Package #1 was released.  This package is for site work including demolition of the building, drilling of geothermal wells, utility work and grading.  Bids are due September 12th.  These bids will be reviewed by the construction manager and staff.  A recommendation to award the bids will be presented to the City Council on September 27th.  Site work is scheduled to begin in October and be completed by year end.

A Space Needs Analysis – was completed by FGM architects to determine the size requirements for a new City Hall and Police Station in 2016. Their analysis identifies a 31,994 sq. ft. joint facility requiring a minimum lot size of 2.9 acres. Click HERE to view the Space Needs Analysis.

The City reviewed several locations for the new facility – In June, 2017 the City purchased the old Flame property at 803 Joliet Road. This site was selected for a number of reasons. First, the new location will improve accessibility as it is practically the center point of the City; second, the property was vacant due to foreclosure; third, the City has already been approached by two developers to purchase the current city hall site; and finally, the City Council believes public investment along the Joliet Road corridor will prompt additional private development.

The City hired Dewberry architects in January, 2017–  to design the new City Hall and Police Station. Staff has been working with the architects over the past several months on the layout of the departments, office space, storage areas, mechanical rooms, and common areas. Click HERE to see the most current floor plan. The architects have also worked with the Design Committee to design the exterior of the building. Click HERE to see the most current design presentation. Click HERE for the HVAC options.

Click this LINK to see a 360-degree view of the building renderings.

The architects are in the design development phase. In this phase, the architects take the layouts and develop the design concept, and work with the construction manager, Frederick Quinn Corporation to estimate the cost. This information will be presented to both the City Council and the Design Committee at a combined public meeting on July 31, 2017.

It is during the construction documents phase that the design is finalized and building materials such as brick, stone, glass, tile, etc. are selected.

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 BIKE PATH

The City will be installing an 8 foot wide multi-use path along the east side of Brainard Avenue from Joliet Road to 55th Street.  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.

IDOT is the lead agency on this project.  The City was awarded an Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) with the City of Countryside funding $235,550.00 for the project and the remaining $946,200.00 being paid for using federal funding through the ITEP grant.  The total cost of the project is $1,182,750.00.

Work will begin around August 2018 and the majority of the path will be operational by the end of 2018.  The City held a Public Information meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 regarding the proposed path.

To view the presentation, please click HERE.

CENTRAL TRI-STATE TOLLWAY (I-294)

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 reconfiguring 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:
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I-55 Chart