Last day to give input on future of Eisenhower Expressway

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Anyone who wants to give their input on the future of the Eisenhower Expressway has until midnight tonight to do so, according to the Village of Oak Park.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is in the process of drafting its "Purpose and Need" statement that will guide the future planning for the expressway. If you’re interested in reading the statement or making a comment, go to www.eisenhowerexpressway.com.

For years, IDOT has been exploring ways to relieve congestion along Interstate 290. The agency has reportedly been focused on adding extra lanes, which could mean losing land along Garfield and Harrison in Oak Park. On the other side, the village has pushed for expanding the Blue Line out west, possibly to Oak Brook.

"Village officials are urging residents to emphasize the need for more efficient, economical transit west of the Forest Park [el station], particularly an extension of the Blue Line," a village email release this morning stated.

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Muntz  

Posted: December 5th, 2011 10:49 PM

1)Expand Ike to 4 lanes thru LaGrange. There's lots of wasted median space that can be better utilized. Some undesirable 'Wood homes would be displaced (and perhaps a few graves). 2)Move Blue Line underground (where needed to accomodate additional lanes). 3)Move exits to right side - utilize "Diverging Diamond" interchange design. 4)Extend Blue Line to Oak Brook (follow I88 or Cermak corridor). I think it extended to Westchester long ago.

Violet Aura  

Posted: December 5th, 2011 5:34 PM

LOL@Mary Kay's comment: First of all, the Burlington Line (BER-wynnnn) goes thru Naperville. But the Blue Line? How could it even be linked there? Maybe we could tear down a bunch of houses in Westchester, etc. And can you imagine the wait times for the line to travel so far west? LOL

Reality Check from Oak Park  

Posted: December 5th, 2011 5:26 PM

I caught the Blue Line from Harlem daily for years. It is ironic, isn't it, that those left side ramps make getting to the Blue Line a hazardous and thoroughly unpleasant experience for Oak Park commuters. Talk about a disincentive to using public transit!

LiquidEvil  

Posted: December 5th, 2011 4:20 PM

Adding more lanes will just encourage more people to take the Ike. It's too bad they can't really do anything about the left side ramps at Austin and Harlem - I think those are half the problem.

Reality Check from Oak Park  

Posted: December 4th, 2011 4:14 PM

Mary Kay: There has been train service from Chicago to Naperville since 1864, stopping much more conveniently in town centers, rather than the middle of a major highway. Transit-minded Oak Parkers can get there easily from Metra's Berwyn station, or can't they be bothered to hop on a bus down Oak Park Ave? Joe, how often do you travel to O'hare? And where in Oak Brook or Naperville does it cost $17/day to park?

Mary Kay O'Grady from Oak Park  

Posted: December 4th, 2011 12:53 PM

Reality check, the Blue Line really needs to go to Naperville, at least, and people would ride it gladly. It's the wave of the future, and we're woefully behind.

joe  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 11:50 PM

I take the blue line to o'hare when i fly. the trip takes about an hour but it saves me on parking and the posterior doesn't complain too much.

T from Oak Park  

Posted: December 3rd, 2011 11:40 PM

Reality, So your theory is that people should not use transit for a trip farther than 25 minutes because of the plastic seats. Perhaps some that would benefit from the ride would not mind it.

Reality Check from Oak Park  

Posted: December 1st, 2011 12:33 PM

I suspect those pushing to extend the Blue Line to Oak Brook have never actually taken the Blue Line. It's fine for the 25 minute ride into downtown, but Oak Brook to Downtown would be an hour ride at least, and the hard plastic benches on those cars are not made for long trips. I can't imagine the market for those would realistically use public transport to or from Oak Brook would justify the $100's of millions it would cost and I can't imagine it diminish the traffic load significantly.

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