By Anna Lothson
A few days remain for those wanting to submit their thoughts about the future configuration of Interstate 290 and its impact on quality of life in the community.
As part of its effort to identify a preferred alternative for major reconstruction of the Eisenhower Expressway, the Illinois Department of Transportation is accepting public comments until June 29 on the latest version of its Alternatives Identification and Evaluation Report. Oak Park officials are advocating for a multi-modal solution – preferably a CTA Blue Line westward extension – that stays within the existing roadway trench.
This approach, according to officials, should be accompanied by investments that enhance community connectivity across the Ike and improve pedestrian and bicycle access to CTA stations. Written comments may be submitted online at www.eisenhowerexpressway.com/informed or by e-mail to Mark.Peterson@illinois.gov.
Every alternative proposed by IDOT includes highway expansion. Some combination of transit investments and pricing strategies that can significantly decrease congestion, enhance regional accessibility, improve environmental performance and diversify non-automobile transportation options would benefit all communities along the corridor.
Residents and village officials have said necessary evaluations of environmental impacts have not been done, a measure that's required by federal law. Assistant Village Manager Rob Cole has also said there isn't enough evidence to support IDOT's claim that shifting the ramp location will help improve safety or mobility.
For more information on the impact of the expressway expansion, call 708-358-5791or email firstname.lastname@example.org.