A safe and efficient transportation system contributes to quality of life for the residents of Lake County, Lake County businesses also rely on this network to move goods and services through the county and to help workers get to their jobs. Our transportation system is one of the most visible and fundamental assets of the county: A system of 300+ miles of major collector arterial highways and more than 60 miles of bike facilities (separate bike trails, on-road bike paths and paved bike roadway lanes) maintained by the Lake County Division of Transportation. Please view the Summary Project Listing (PDF) or the 2016-2021 Proposed Highway Improvement Program Executive Summary (PDF) for more detailed information.
Funding the Program
The 5 Year Program is a means of scheduling projects in the county’s Long Range Transportation Plan. Since most highway projects take several years of study and engineering to properly address roadway design, drainage, environmental, municipal and public coordination issues, the implementation of the 5-Year Program is a continual process, like an assembly line.
Many of the projects in this program are on the assembly line at varying points of readiness -- carried forward from year to year through the general phases of planning, design, construction and maintenance. This 5-year program covers program years 2017-2021, and also includes projects in the approved budget for the current county fiscal year, 2016.
The program is fiscally constrained by the revenue expected to be available. Lake County uses funds from five tax sources to accomplish highway projects: County Highway Tax, County Bridge Tax, Matching Tax, Motor Fuel Tax and 0.25% Sales Tax for Transportation and Public Safety. In addition, some project costs are shared by federal, state and local governments, townships and developers.
Lake County tries to preserve the existing highway system and modernize its operation before allocating capital resources for expansion. Some projects are designed to address traffic flow problems associated with peak travel times (about 20% of the daily traffic), while others provide benefits to all daily highway users. Projects which are already under construction and for which funds will be paid out during the current fiscal year are also included.
Guidance for the 5-Year Program
The Lake County Division of Transportation is guided by the goals and strategies outlined in the Lake County Strategic Plan. As stated in the plan, Lake County government is committed to promoting and sustaining a safe, healthy, vibrant and environmentally responsible county, while maintaining its strong financial position. In partnership with citizens, communities and all levels of government, we pledge to deliver efficient and high quality public services consistent with the community’s values and priorities.
The Strategic Plan is broken down into five main goals, one of which is “Improve Transportation”. The County Engineer serves as the chair of the Transportation Goal Committee and the committee continues to make progress on the transportation actions identified in the plan and other key areas that will have long-lasting benefits to the community. The Strategic Plan and ongoing progress can be found on Lake County’s website. View Lake County's Strategic Plan