State capital plan funds Ike projects, major corridor fixes

The latest Illinois Department of Transportation capital improvement program for fiscal years 2023 to 2028 includes funding for a number of west suburban projects – including something that may allow buses to ride past rush-hour traffic from Forest Park to as far north as Palatine. 

The highway portion of the plan includes around $11.74 million to rebuild the shoulders of I-290 and Route 53 between Desplaines Avenue and Lake Cook Road in northwest suburban Palatine. 

The improvement will allow buses to ride on the shoulder during rush hour and other slow traffic conditions, something that Pace buses already do on I-55 and I-94 expressways. The plan also includes funding for various bridge replacement projects, sidewalk accessibility improvements and traffic signal improvements, many in Forest Park, Oak Park and River Forest. 

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