Throughout Cook County, 34 projects were selected as part of the 2019 Invest in Cook grant program. In total, $8.5 million in grant money was awarded to projects spanning 27 municipalities. Applicants for Invest in Cook funds were ask to submit proposals for improvements that dovetail with the five priorities laid out in the County's Connecting Cook County long range transportation plan.
Awardees in the 14th District include the Village of Arlington Heights and the Village of Wilmette. The Village of Arlington Heights project will construct an improved at-grade trail crossing at the interest of Lake Cook Road and Wilke Road. It will also create at 500 foot multi-use path north of Lake Cook Road that will provide convenient access to the existing Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve trail system in Lake County.
The Village of Wilmette project, with support from Glenview, Northfield and Skokie, looks to improve the Skokie Valley Trail by completing a 4.2-mile gap in the trail. When complete, the trail will provide uninterrupted connection between Lake Bluff and Chicago. Other winning projects include transit improvements, cycling and pedestrian enhancements, traditional roadway repair and freight enhancements.
In addition to County funds, the program leverages $33.8 million in federal, state and local funds. In total, $42.7 million in funding is able to be leveraged towards projects throughout Cook County.