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Lockport Street Bypass Won't Happen for At Least 5 Years: Village

A feasibility study costing $93,000 is about halfway completed, according to officials.

Screenshot from a Strand Associates PowerPoint presentation showing possible alternatives for the Lockport Street bypass.
Screenshot from a Strand Associates PowerPoint presentation showing possible alternatives for the Lockport Street bypass.
Trustees got an update Monday night on what's happening with the Lockport Street bypass feasibility study, but it will likely be years before crews break ground on the project.

Director of Public Works Allen Persons said the feasibility study, which is being conducted by Strand Associates, is about halfway done, and will take another six months to complete.

"Last night was more of an update," Persons said Tuesday, referring to plans to build a new road between Lockport Street and Route 126 and the proposed 143rd Street Extension.

So far, the village board has ruled out three of six possible alternatives for the project, but it could be years before plans are finalized. The project will also be tied to the Illinois Department of Transportation's proposals to build a new Lockport Street interchange at I-55 and to complete the interchange at Route 126/Essington Road.

"This isn't something we would expect local taxpayers to pay for," he added, saying the village would pursue "major grant funding" for the project. While the village is the lead agency on the bypass, officials are working closely with IDOT, Persons said.

At the earliest, "It's at least five years away," Persons said. "It has to be installed as part of the interchange project."

Persons said the village will reach out to Plainfield Park District officials to keep them up to date on the project.

"It will be directly adjacent to their property," Persons said of the project, which is just west of Four Seasons Park. "One alternative would actually bisect [park district] property," he noted.

Bad News Bears January 28, 2014 at 09:37 PM
I would hope if one of the alternatives actually bisects park district property (which I assume would be four seasons park), the alternative would also have a new park for the kids to play baseball, softball and football at. As far as I know, four seasons is the only place in Plainfield with girls softball fields
Larry Newton January 29, 2014 at 12:12 AM
The option that bisects a portion of the park district's property (i.e., YOUR property) is Avery Preserve just west of Four Seasons Park. Many times in the past, the Board of Commissioners have discussed the impact of a road constructed along the ComEd right of way or other locations in Avery, the interchange and other necessary roadways in this area. In the event land is necessary to improve transportation in our community, we will not be an impediment, but we do want a complete replacement of the resources that are taken. There is a lot of land in this district still available. It shouldn't be much of an issue, from a real estate viewpoint, to replace all of the affected amenities in this area of the district somewhere else.
Kurtlesm January 29, 2014 at 09:20 AM
What about having 143rd go through to rt 59?
Vicky Polito January 29, 2014 at 09:36 AM
This is another reason it would have been great to stay with the plan to develop the 4-acre park that we had in the works via a good land-lease deal that was in place with St. John's Church. Not as a strict replacement of what may get chewed up to improve transportation around I55, but to ADD to park district resources overall in a way that would augment the resources, the playing and recreation options, the public open green spaces, etc. and give people options whenever some land is temporarily unavailable due to development, etc. Again, just as the village is working with, evolving through, long-term plans we must get our park district back to a place of doing the same--thinking ahead, making and keeping commitments, planning out how to use funds, etc.
Tom Brooks January 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I heard through my involvement in both PAC and PJC that the land in which Four Seasons is located us actually owned by IDOT. It was one of the reasons we were given as to why the park is in such dismal condition. Basically we were told the Park District does not want to invest significant money into a property they do not own and may be demolished. It was also said that if and when IDOT does decide to create an interchange there, they would be required to provide analternate location with similar facilities. I have no way to confirm that, but that is what we were told.
JB January 29, 2014 at 06:04 PM
PAC makes a allot of money and outs nothing back into it - the bathrooms are a Disgusting the fields are dangerous but nothing diamond dry cant fix - PAC is full of nepotism, fraud, and corrupt fools. They only care about the money!

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