Funding has been approved for a land use corridor plan for the proposed IL 53 Extension, signifying a more serious commitment to the potentially billion dollar project. Dubbed the Corridor Land Use and Transportation Plan, the plan will be developed in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Lake County, and communities along the corridor to integrate land use, transportation, economic development and open space.

CMAP approved the $940,000 project using funds from the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, state, and local sources.

In June 2012, the IL Route 53 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council (BRAC) recommended the new Route 53 be a four-lane “modern boulevard” with limited access and 45 mile-per-hour maximum operating speed. The Council recommended specific design elements, as well as other recommendations, including development of a coordinated corridor plan.

Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said, “These funds are another positive step toward advancing IL Route 53. A coordinated, corridor-wide land use plan that is supported by all of our local governments was a clear objective from the Advisory Council. We will work jointly with our municipalities to develop a plan that aligns future growth with our communities’ goals, as well as our residents’ vision for the future.”

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