Cook County Awards Transit Grants for South Suburban Projects
The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways has announced the list of 34 projects that will receive funding under the 2021 Invest in Cook grant program. A total of $8,502,580 will be distributed across 29 municipalities and will fund four transit, 15 bicycle/pedestrian, three freight and 12 road projects.
Several south suburban municipalities are among the award recipients, including Country Club Hills, Harvey, Oak Forest, Phoenix, Posen, Sauk Village, Thornton, and Worth. Awards will go towards improving streets, conducting planning studies, and reconstructing sidewalks throughout the south suburbs.
The City of Country Club Hills will be receiving $744,000 to construct sidewalks on the east side of Pulaski Road, which will create a pedestrian route over Interstate 80.
The City of Harvey has been granted $150,000 to complete a quiet-zone study along the CSX Railroad crossings. In addition, $600,000 will go to Metra for renovating the 147th Sibley Boulevard station in Harvey.
The City of Oak Forest will construct nearly a mile of sidewalks with a grant of $59,500.
The Village of Posen is expected to receive a grant of $500,000 that will go towards funding a study of railroad grade crossing improvements. The study also includes areas of Dixmoor and Blue Island.
The Village of Phoenix will be receiving $221,000 to repair streets throughout neighborhoods.
The Village of Sauk Village will use the $100,000 award for pedestrian improvements on the main streets.
The Village of Thornton will receive $100,000 for a mobility study.
The Village of Worth will use their award of $500,000 to improve sidewalks and paths.
According to the County, 67% of grants going toward projects in low- and moderate-income communities.
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