30-Year Transportation Priorities

August 9, 2010  |  

(Chicago Tribune) — For 20 years, Diane Howe, of Spring Grove, has had to zigzag across Lake County roads to get to work in Buffalo Grove.  As she drives more than an hour each way, Howe wonders if her dream roadwork project — the long-proposed extension of Illinois Highway 53 — will ever be built.  “I don’t think it’s ever going to happen,” said Howe, 65. “It’s been in the planning for how many years?”

If it’s any consolation, the thinkers at northeastern Illinois’ top planning agency feel Howe’s pain and that of thousands of others who complain of traversing Lake County’s labyrinth.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, or CMAP, has unveiled a transportation wish list that has the Illinois 53 extension and its companion project, the Illinois 120 corridor, at the top.

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