Improve Transportation

Promote development of State, Regional, County, and municipal transportation systems that provide for efficient, flexible movement through an integrated network of road, rail, public transit, and non-motorized (bicycle, pedestrian) modes of travel.

Illinois Route 53/120 – Project Overview/Update

Lake County and the LCTA have been actively involved and leading efforts to advance the IL Route 53/120 project. Lake County has also participated in the collaborative Land Use Planning Process working with CMAP and corridor communities to develop a broad land use strategy for the entire corridor. In November 2015, the Land Use Committee approved a motion to finalize and accept the IL Route 53/120 Corridor Land Use Strategy. In mid-December 2015, the Illinois Toll Highway Authority Board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the IL Route 53/120 project.

Lake County launched a new website that includes background, facts and figures about the project, including videos. Additionally, the Lake County Transportation Alliance (LCTA) launched a new informational website, Facebook page, and Twitter account for information on the project. 

2015 Construction Projects

In 2015, LCDOT construction staff worked on 48 projects in-house and used consultants to cover another 14 projects. This represents about $60 million in payments made to contractors during FY15.

Peterson Road

The improvement to widen Peterson Road from west of IL Route 83 to west of Alleghany Road is now over 85% complete with lanes opened ahead of schedule at the end of 2015. Now Peterson Road is a divided four-lane road to accommodate the 20,000 daily drivers in the area, and the intersection at Alleghany Road and Peterson Road has also been improved. Median landscaping, permanent signals, and permanent pavement markings will occur during the winter and spring 2016 months.

Hawley Street

The majority of the utility relocation work and pre-stage activities have been completed in 2015 for the Hawley Street corridor improvement in the Village of Mundelein. The major roadway related work for this three lane road reconstruction and widening with new pedestrian and bike path improvements will get underway in 2016. Project completion is anticipated in late 2016.

River Road/Roberts Road Roundabout

LCDOT completed the fifth roundabout in 2015 with construction of the first multi-lane roundabout in Lake County on Roberts Road at River Road in Lake Barrington. This $7 million federally funded improvement also includes a bike path connection to the Fox River Forest Preserve and sidewalks providing pedestrian access for local residents.

Wadsworth Road at Green Bay Road

LCDOT completed the reconstruction and widening of the intersection of Wadsworth Road and Green Bay Road (IL Route 131) in the Village of Beach Park. This $7.5 million federally funded improvement included reconstruction of the intersection at Cambridge Drive to the west and improves traffic flow and safety in the area.

Challenge Bond Program

Lake County’s Challenge Bond Program continues to progress.

Rollins Road

Construction of the Lake County grade separation project at Rollins Road/IL83 and the CN Railroad is now 99% complete with the punch list work expected to be completed in 2016.

Washington Street

The Washington Street widening and grade separation project at the CN Railroad between Lake Street and Haryan Way is now well underway and about 25% complete as of the end of 2015. Major milestones that have been achieved include relocation of the Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency (CLCJAWA) 20” water transmission line, construction of the temporary roadway runaround, and railroad shoofly. Both the railroad shoofly and roadway runaround are in use. Current ongoing work includes retaining wall/abutment construction and excavation for the underpass.

The construction contract for the widening and reconstruction improvement of Washington Street to the west from Haryan Way to west of Hainesville is underway and is about 8% complete. Both of these projects are expected to be substantially completed in the fall of 2016. 
Lake County PASSAGE

Maximize Use of Technology

Public awareness of PASSAGE continued to grow in 2015 with an increased presence on social media and more than 1,500 Twitter followers. There was also an increase of 584 additional iPhone downloads, and 329 additional Android downloads (July 2015 – December 2015).
Lake County PASSAGE, through the ongoing efforts of the Lake County Emergency Telephone Safety Board (ETSB), increased the number of events reported in 2015 by 25%. ETSB worked with a third party software company to connect data from police dispatch centers throughout Lake County. With the Lake County PASSAGE connection to this project, most of the dispatch centers in Lake County now supply traffic related incidents to Lake County PASSAGE in order to provide information to the public and better manage traffic around an incident.

LCDOT completed the Gilmer Road Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT) project in the fall of 2015. This is the second ASCT installation for Lake County with both being among the first projects of this type in the State of Illinois. ASCT reduces delays and congestion by continually adjusting the length of traffic signals along the corridor. The first ASCT project was completed along Aptakisic Road in early 2015.

Lake County constructed three traffic signal corridor interconnect projects in 2015 along Cedar Lake Road, IL Rte 83, and Sheridan Road.


LCDOT staff continues to meet with members of the Lake County Coordinated Transportation Services Committee (LCCTSC) and township representatives regarding coordination of existing services in the county.

Throughout the summer of 2015, LCCTSC and Lake County conducted listening sessions with the townships, several municipalities, non-profit organizations and riders regarding interest in a coordinated paratransit system. In December, LCCTSC presented a summary from those sessions to the Public Works and Transportation (PWT) Committee.

In the fall of 2015, LCCTSC presented information about the Central Lake Partners project to Fremont, Libertyville, and Shields Townships and the Villages of Mundelein and Libertyville boards looking for concurrence on the project. Work on the administrative items for the project continues and the expanded service is expected to launch in spring 2016. 

Non-Mo​torized Travel

Construction of a new multi-use path along the south side of Washington Street from Atkinson Road to the Lancer Lane entrance to the College of Lake County in Grayslake was nearly completed in 2015. This project makes use of Federal Funds and fills a gap in Lake County’s Non-Motorized Travel network.

Multi-use paths are also included in the Peterson Road, Washington Street, Rollins Road, Ela Road and Hawley Street improvements.

In November, approximately 150 people attended the first public meeting for the IL Route 137 multi-use path project that will extend from the Des Plaines River Trail in Libertyville to the Robert McClory Trail in North Chicago.

Lake County and Cook County are partnering to provide a bridge over Lake-Cook Road that will connect the Skokie Valley Bikepath into Cook County. Engineering work is underway. 

Update to State Consensus List

IDOT continues to make progress on final engineering plans and land acquisition for the Millburn By-Pass project on US Route 45 at Millburn Road/Grass Lake Road. This $33 million Lake County financed project is expected to begin construction in the second half of 2016.

IDOT has awarded a construction contract and is moving forward with the widening of the Canadian Pacific Railroad viaduct, which will complete the $24 million US Route 41 at Grand Avenue (IL Route 132) interchange improvement. 

Advocacy at the State and Federal Level

Congress passed the Fixing American’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) in December 2015. The $305 Billion, 5-year bill is funded without increasing transportation user fees. This is the first Federal law in over ten years to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation.

Lake County continues to work with CMAP to support performance-based funding as a transparent, credible, and needs-based approach to programming funds for transportation in the State of Illinois. Lake County will monitor the upcoming legislative session for introduced legislation that is related to this issue.

Lake County continues to work closely with the Transportation for Illinois Coalition (TFIC) to advocate for a much needed state infrastructure capital improvement program.