by Dennis Sullivan
April 30, 2014
Crete Mayor Mike Einhorn says he might be able to tap data related to the proposed Illiana Tollway to help justify extending Crete-Monee Road four to five miles.
Einhorn recently told village trustees he had spoken for more than 30 minutes with Illiana Department of Transportation’s District 1 Engineer John Fortmann about connecting the west end of Monee with the east end of St. John, Ind. District 1 encompasses McHenry, Lake, Kane, DuPage, Will, and Cook counties.
“He said the Illiana (project) has a lot of data we could use,” Einhorn said Monday.
IDOT originally considered two routes north of the current proposed swath a little north of the Kankakee-Will county line.
The first step toward making Einhorn’s 10-mile stretch of east-west roadway a reality would be a formal study. IDOT would probably cover 80 percent of the estimated $250,000 cost, with Crete and several other agencies contibuting to reach the required local match.
Extending Crete-Monee east of State Street would take it through — or close to — several small residential subdivisions on either side of Illinois Route 394 in unincorporated Crete Township, as well as through Will County Forest Preserve land.
Richton Road-394 traffic lighting
In an unrelated transportation action, the village is entering into an agreement with IDOT to establish permanent traffic signals at the Richton Road-Illinois Route 394 intersection.
Trustees agreed to Crete’s $20,000 match in a 5-0 vote at the April 14 village board meeting.
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