A study to determine the feasibility of extending Route 53 into Lake County has been rebranded to reflect a broader range of possibilities to ease traffic congestion.
Instead of focusing solely on Route 53 and associated work to improve Route 120 in central Lake County, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority says the Tri-County Access project will consider a range of alternatives to move traffic in Lake, McHenry and northern Cook counties.
“The Tri-County Access Project will assess all alternatives for addressing the region’s transportation needs — from an extension of (Route) 53 with improvements along (Route) 120 to other construction options to no construction,” Kevin Artl, the tollway’s chief operating officer, wrote in an invitation regarding the Stakeholder Participation Group.
The group is the collection of representatives from various communities, organizations and other interests in the broad study area. It is part of the process to produce an environmental-impact statement regarding a Route 53 extension.
The first public meeting is 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 21 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center.
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