As Cook County embarks on road projects, info will be available online
BY TINA SFONDELES Transportation Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org May 3, 2012 2:14PM
Among the areas scheduled for work in Cook County’s $65 million 2012 Highway plan:
◆ 88th Avenue from 103rd Street to 87th Street in Hickory Hills and Palos Hills
◆ Joe Orr Road from east of Stony Island to Torrence Avenue in Lynwood and Ford Heights.
◆ Quentin Road from Northwest Highway to south of Illinois in Palatine
◆ Mount Prospect Road from Northwest Highway to Busse in Des Plaines and Mount Prospect
◆ Bartlett Road from Lake to Golf in Streamwood and Hoffman Estates
◆ 170th Street from South Park to Bishop Ford in South Holland
◆ Green Bay Road in Kenilworth
◆ Harms Road in Glenview and Skokie
◆ Penny Road from Dundee to New Sutton Road in Barrington Hills
◆ Wentworth Avenue on Glenwood-Lansing Road to Ridge Road in Lansing
◆ 108th Avenue from 179th to 163rd Place in Orland Park
◆ Flossmoor Road from west of I-57 to east of Cicero in Country Club Hills
◆ 175th Street over I-57 near Country Club Hills
◆ Euclid Avenue from Elmhurst to Wolf in Mount Prospect and Prospect Heights
◆ Euclid Avenue over I-53 in Rolling Meadows
◆ Plainfield Road from 47th Street to 1st Avenue in Brookfield and Lyons
◆ 87th Street from LaGrange to Cliff in Willow Springs and Hickory Hills
◆ 88th Avenue at 105th Street in Palos Hills
◆ State Street from 26th Street to Joe Orr Road in Chicago Heights
◆ Lake-Cook Road from Pfingsten to Waukegan in Deerfield
◆ Old Orchard at Skokie Boulevard in Skokie
◆ Lee Road from Shermer to Dundee in Northbrook
◆ Crawford Avenue at Church Street in Skokie
◆ Techny Road from Pfingsten to Shermer in Northbrook
◆ Palatine Township, road not specified
◆ Shoe Factory at Sutton Road In Hoffman Estates
Also, the plan calls for retrofitting traffic signals at 19 locations countywide.
Updated: May 3, 2012 4:57PM
For the first time in Cook County, drivers can get detailed construction information about ongoing road projects online.
By going to the county’s website at www.cookcountyil.gov, drivers can click on a project, get a construction status and even get contact information for project managers to launch complaints.
The Cook County Board President’s office announced the new online source of information as it unveiled its $65 million Highway Plan for 2012. The 27-project plan calls for improving 70 miles of county-owned roads in more than 30 suburbs.
The county’s biggest projects are the 88th Avenue reconstruction project from 103rd Street to 87th Street in Hickory Hills and Palos Hills, and the Joe Orr Road project in Lynwood and Ford Heights.
Officials hope the Lynwood project will create a connection to Indiana and bring commerce to the area.
The first phase of the project will create a road from Lynwood all the way to Munster, Ind. Phase two will allow drivers to go from Torrence Avenue into Indiana.
“We have a lot to look forward to and maybe once this road is done and once we get the casino out south, we’ll have people from Indiana coming to Illinois to spend their money instead of people from Illinois going to Indiana to spend their money,” Cook County Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy said, alluding to south suburban leaders’ push to get a casino in the region.