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Transportation update

November 1, 2013

Surface Transportation Program

The SSMMA Transportation Committee met on October 1st in South Chicago Heights. Two major actions were taken at the meeting. In light of continued economic challenges in the south suburbs, the committee voted to extend the policy of funding highway projects with 80% federal funding through 2016. The committee also adopted the FFY2014-2018 Surface Transportation Program. This robust 5 year transportation program contains projects in 18 communities. We hope to spend about $11.3 million in federal dollars during the current year and another $21 million over the next four. The full program is posted on the SSMMA website here.

Four STP projects were let on September 20, 2013: • 154th Street resurfacing from State Street to 9th Avenue in South Holland • The low bid was $218,005.70 submitted by K-Five Construction Corporation.

• Cottage Grove Ave. resurfacing from US Route 6 to 154th Street in South Holland and Dolton • The low bid was $592,146.91 submitted by D. Construction, Inc.

• Vincennes Road resurfacing from US Route 6 to Old Vincennes Rd. in South Holland, Harvey and Dolton • The low bid was $173,477.77 submitted by Gallagher Asphalt Corporation.

• 80th Avenue resurfacing from 191st to the south village limit of Tinley Park • The low bid was $278,196.08 submitted by Gallagher Asphalt Corporation.

CMAP MPO Policy Committee approves Local Technical Assistance and CMAQ projects In our last newsletter, we reported that on October 17, the CMAP MPO Policy Committee passed a major decision to amend their regional, long-range plan to include the Illiana Corridor. At that same meeting, the committee approved the addition of six south suburban projects to its Local Technical Assistance program, which offers free planning assistance throughout northeastern Illinois. These projects will draw upon CMAP staff and consultant assistance and are expected to begin in the spring of 2014.

• Crete Comprehensive Plan • Governors State Green Infrastructure Plan (with the villages of Monee, Park Forest, and University Park, the Thorn Creek Woods Management Commission and with the assistance of the Forest Preserve District of Will County) • Park Forest Active Transportation Plan • Riverdale Comprehensive Land Use and Economic Development Strategy • SSMMA / Calumet Green Manufacturing Partnership Workforce Development Strategy • SSMMA Complete Streets and Trails Plan

A full description of each of these projects is located on CMAP’s website here:

The MPO Committee also granted final approval to the 2014-2018 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program. The CMAQ program is a federal surface transportation program that funds projects designed to improve air quality and reduce congestion. The newly-adopted 2014-2018 program includes funding for a bicycle lanes project in Park Forest, two segments of the Cal-Sag Trail in Blue Island and a $4.1 million grant to Homewood Disposal to convert their fleets to compressed natural gas (CNG), upgrade their Park Forest CNG filling station and construct a new CNG filling station in Homewood. The implementation of these projects is expected to result in cleaner air in the south suburbs.

Upcoming Transportation Meetings and Events SSMMA Transportation Committee November 5 2:00 p.m. South Chicago Heights Village Hall 3317 Chicago Road, South Chicago Heights

FY2014 Metra Proposed Program and Budget Public Hearing November 6 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Homewood Village Hall Village Board Room 2020 Chestnut Road, Homewood

IL 394 and Route 1 Corridor Study Stakeholders Meeting November 8 1:30 pm Sauk Village Hall 21701 Torrence Avenue, Sauk Village

Public meeting for CMAP’s U.S. DOT certification review November 18 10:00 a.m. to noon University of Illinois at Chicago 412 S. Peoria Street, Room 110, Chicago

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