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Einhorn: Illiana data could help C-M Road proposal

Mike Einhorn. Photo credit: Dennis Sullivan

Mike Einhorn. Photo credit: Dennis Sullivan

by Dennis Sullivan
editor@ewcnews.com
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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One comment on “Einhorn: Illiana data could help C-M Road proposal

  1. CORRECTIONS, CLARIFICATIONS

    The original version of the story misidentified IDOT District Engineer John Fortmann as working for INDOT.

    Crete is one of several other agencies contributing to the required local match. The original version of the story erroneously said the village would cover 20 percent — $50,000 — of the cost. 

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