Cook County continued to make meaningful progress towards connecting residents via all modes of transportation to where they live, work, and play. The Cook County Department of Transportation (DOTH) made a number of investments and improvements to help District 14 residents drive, bike, and walk more safely and conveniently.
Projects across the District this year included pavement maintenance and preservation, milling and resurfacing, pothole patching, debris removals, and safety studies. Here are a few of our local transportation investments in 2022 :
Completion of the Lake Cook Road Reconstruction project now adequately addresses the volume of traffic. This $58.5 million investment added one lane in each direction, increasing the total number of lanes from four to six. In addition, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure were added to ensure residents using all modes of transportation are able to access this roadway safely.
Funding for a new sidewalk along Sanders Road will improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians. The need for this sidewalk extension, and the safety it will provide upon its completion, was brought to Commissioner Britton's attention by a group of passionate residents who are dedicated to bettering their neighborhood. This Intergovernmental Agreement will allow the Northfield Township Road District to take the lead on designing and engineering for this sidewalk extension project, and DOTH will reimburse the $200,000 cost.
Installation of safety signage along Hintz Road will aid in both student and vehicular safety. When Wheeling High School leadership approached, Commissioner Britton immediately liaised with DOTH leadership to ensure that a satisfactory resolution was reached for all parties involved. Signage was installed before the beginning of September.
Executed an Intergovernmental Agreement to fund the construction of a sidewalk as part of the Camp McDonald Road Sidewalk Project. The City of Prospect Heights, as the lead agency on the project, will execute the preliminary and design engineering services and the County will reimburse the City in the amount of $175,889. This project will safely link residents and commuters to the Metra Train Station located at Camp McDonald Road and Wolf Road.
Increased funding for the Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Program to increase the number and the public's ability to access vehicle charging stations throughout Cook County. This four-year initiative will catalyze the installation of up to 75 dual-port EV charging stations in underserved communities. The County will seek input from residents and municipal leaders to determine the placement of the charging stations that will result in the most significant impact.