Welcome to the Friday Wrap for May 4th, 2018!
Due to being on vacation, I do not have any village updates from this week. However, there was one significant event that happened last week that I totally forgot to tell you about: The I-294 Tollway Project. Here are the details:
Illinois Tollway Authority Holds Open Houses
Re: Central Tri-State Tollway Project
The Marriott Southwest in Burr Ridge was the location on Wednesday, April 25th for one of the Illinois Tollway Authority’s many open house meetings conducted as part of the agency’s ongoing work to plan for improvements to the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294). Both the exhibits and meeting rooms were packed for the better part of the two hour meeting and there were multiple staff members on hand to answer questions. Overall, the sentiment was cautiously optimistic about the impact to Burr Ridge.
As part of the 15-year, $12 billion Move Illinois capital program, the Tollway is developing a plan to determine improvements to be included in the reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between 95th Street and Balmoral Avenue. This is the only remaining segments of the original Tollway system constructed in the 1950s that has not been improved and modernized to meet current and future transportation needs.
Once the Tollway Board of Directors has approved a concept, a detailed design process will follow in which the Tollway will continue to refine the details in coordination with local communities and businesses. The open house meetings provided the opportunity for the Tollway to share its research and proposed concept and to gather input from customers, residents, businesses and communities. Comments can also be shared with the Tollway online at illinoistollway.com/outreach or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been our experience that the Tollway Authority has been very transparent and responsive to resident’s questions and concerns, especially when it comes to rebuilding and improving the sound barrier walls along properties that border the tollway. As a matter of fact, Burr Ridge will play a pretty big, though indirect role, in this far-reaching and impactful project: Tthe Tollway Authority purchased several acres of industrial land in Burr Ridge adjacent to the Metropolitan Water District facility and the I-55 Exit and Toll gate. This property will be used as a construction staging area and may even play into their future plans.
Make it a great week!
Mayor Mickey Straub