Cook County Board Approves Funding to Improve Transportation Throughout Suburban Cook County

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The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved funding this week for transportation projects and initiatives led by the County’s Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH). These vital projects boost economic development, build up regional transportation and improve the quality of life throughout Cook County.

2021 Invest in Cook Funding

Chicago Transit Authority
DoTH is partnering with the Chicago Transit Authority to begin work associated with their $401,550 award for design engineering of the Cicero Avenue grade crossing enhancement project of the Pink Line in Cicero, Illinois. Improvements include upgrades to the signal system as well as roadway and pedestrian gate mechanisms at this location.

Village of Niles
DoTH is partnering with the Village of Niles to begin work associated with their $225,000 award for construction and construction engineering to extend the North Branch Trail 0.3 miles. This extension begins at the intersection of Touhy and Caldwell Avenues and will connect with the trail at the Bunker Hill picnic grove to create better access to local destinations in Niles and the City of Chicago.

City of Palos Heights
DoTH is partnering with the City of Palos Heights to begin work associated with their $60,000 award for construction and construction engineering at the intersection of Ridgeland Avenue and College Drive. Improvements include new traffic signals and upgraded sidewalks, which will create a safe way to access the Cal-Sag Trail, the Ridgeland Avenue multi-use path and the Tinley Creek Trail System.

Partnership Agreements

Pavement Improvements
The Board approved a partnership between DoTH and Arrow Road Construction Company in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, to replace curb and gutter, provide ADA sidewalk improvements and resurface the following roadways in the north suburbs:

  • Euclid Avenue at North Wolf Road
  • Central Road from New Wilke Road to Arlington Heights Road
  • Schaumburg Road from Meacham Road to Martingale Road
  • Schaumburg Road from Sutton Road to East Avenue
  • Euclid Avenue from Roselle Road to Plum Grove Road
  • Nerge Road from Roselle Road to Rohlwing Road
  • Roselle Road from Euclid Avenue to Palatine Road

Studies
The Board approved a partnership between DoTH and Patrick Engineering in Lisle, Illinois, to conduct a preliminary engineering and environmental study of a 5-mile corridor along Kedzie Avenue from Vollmer Road to 159th Street within the villages of Flossmoor, Hazel Crest, Homewood, Olympia Fields and the City of Markham. The study will explore pavement reconstruction, new sidewalks along the corridor and traffic signal upgrades.

The Board approved a partnership between DoTH and BLA Inc. in Itasca, Illinois, to conduct a preliminary engineering and environmental study of the Sauk Village multi-use path. This study will explore alternatives for a new path along Cottage Grove Avenue, Sauk Trail, Cornell Avenue and 223rd Street in Sauk Village and the Village of Steger.

Signage and Pavement Marking Maintenance
The Board approved a partnership between DoTH and Western Remac in Woodridge, Illinois, for a 3-year contract to oversee signage maintenance and installations along roadways within Cook County’s jurisdiction.

The Board approved a partnership between DoTH and Preform Traffic Control Systems Ltd. in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, for a 3-year contract to provide pavement marking maintenance and installations on roadways within Cook County’s jurisdiction. Markings include lane lines, stop bars and cross walks.

For more information about DoTH, visit their website.

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