Lipinski Announces Central Avenue Bypass is Moving Forward with IDOT Public Meeting Marking Next Step Toward Construction and Jobs

Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) announced that the Central Avenue Bypass is moving another significant step forward with the Illinois Department of Transportation set to conduct a public meeting on Thursday, February 17th. The meeting will take place from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Laurence High School (5556 W. 77th Street in Burbank). The purpose of the meeting is for IDOT officials to show alternative plans, present options, and hear input from the public.

“This public meeting is another major step foward for the Central Avenue Bypass,” Congressman Lipinski said. "I believe that public input into this project is critical and I invite everyone to attend to hear more about the options and help IDOT develop the plan so that the bypass works best for everyone.

“The region has never needed the Bypass more than it does today. Building it will create jobs right now and over the long term, as it reduces congestion and boosts business development throughout the region. I’m looking forward to completing the design and engineering process and continuing to work to see this project through.”

Congressman Lipinski recently helped secure $60 million from the state for the Bypass, bringing the total amount set aside for it to $170 million. The Bypass is a project of regional and national significance that promises to dramatically reduce traffic congestion on overloaded Harlem Avenue and Cicero Avenue. Central Avenue currently dead-ends in the vast rail yard just south of Midway Airport, leaving no north-south route in the 3 miles separating Harlem and Cicero. The resulting traffic delays disrupt commerce on a local, regional, and national basis.

“I know very well how much the Central Avenue Bypass is needed, and how much support there is for seeing it through to completion,” Congressman Lipinski said. “It’s going to save people time, money, and gas, while helping to reduce pollution.”

(February 4, 2011)


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