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Plans to Extend Route 53/120 in Lake County Move Forward

The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors is expected to approve a new contract with TranSystem later this month.

The Illinois Tollway’s Finance Administration Operations and Strategic Planning Committees recommended approval today of a $4 million contract award to Schaumburg-based TranSystems Corp. to continue plans for the proposed extension of Illinois Route 53/120 in Lake County. 

“This is an important step forward for the Illinois Route 53/120 Extension, which is expected to create thousands of jobs and drive economic development in Lake County and the region for decades to come,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “This project can also serve as a national model for how to design and build a roadway that preserves and protects the environment and local communities." 

The new contract recommended for approval today will develop a detailed engineering concept, evaluate cost estimates, refine traffic and revenue analyses and survey customers’ willingness to pay tolls on the proposed extension.

The contract also includes services to study the environmental and economic impacts of the project. Work is expected to take 18 months to complete. 

The Illinois Route 53/120 Extension is expected to cost between $2.3 and $2.7 billion. The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors is expected to approve the contract with TranSystems Corp. at its Feb. 28 meeting.

The Blue Ribbon Advisory Council brought together public officials and representatives from business, labor, planning and environmental groups to assist in the planning and potential building of the Illinois Route 53/120 Extension in Lake County.

Its final report recommended that the Tollway proceed with further development of Illinois Route 53 as a four-lane, 45 mph tolled parkway. The report also outlined the scope, configuration and design elements of the new roadway and proposed a financial framework for the project. 

Source: Illinois Tollway

Kristi February 22, 2013 at 04:34 AM
I can save them some time -- customers will NOT be willing to pay tolls on the new extension. I know....what a shocker!
Bucephalus February 22, 2013 at 05:11 AM
Krist, I commute to Grayslake every day. I can tell you, yes, people will use the new route even with tolls. 120, in particular, needs either more lanes or some release valve. A 20 mile drive to Grayslake that should take 30 minutes right now takes, on the best of days, 50 minutes going either Route 12 and 120 or up 83 and/or 45. And I do the reverse commute. The line of cars coming down Route 12 from Lake Zurich, even at 7AM, is non-stop. I'm sure a good many of them wouldn't mind paying a toll to avoid all those stop lights between Lake Zurich and 53.
Sandra Levin February 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Don't really see the need for another study, it's been studied since before I moved to Lake Zurich in 1989. Traffic in Lake County is ridiculous and we finally just moved.
Justin Berry February 22, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Just do it and stop talking about it!
Dispatch February 22, 2013 at 03:46 PM
$4 MILLION dollar contract to study this? REALLY?
Vince February 22, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Gey real, everyone will be willing to pay double to get off Rand rd.
Vince February 22, 2013 at 04:06 PM
This extension has been studied for the last 20 years..We are in desperation mode NOW for this extension. Trying to get down Rand is totally impossible and getting worse everyday with the development that is taking place on Rand Rd. Lets build the dam thing and get er done way past due. Enough is Enough. Long Grove has been stopping this long enough. Give the majority of travelers a brake please.
Catherine February 22, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Waste of money.

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