55th Street from Wolf Road to Brainard Avenue

The Illinois Department of Transportation is nearing completion of a preliminary engineering and environmental study (Phase I) for the improvement of 55th Street from Wolf Road to Brainard Avenue in the Villages of Western Springs and La Grange, the City of Countryside, and unincorporated La Grange Highlands, in Cook County. The general scope of work for this improvement is anticipated to consist of widening and resurfacing 55th Street to provide a continuous flush median, adding a southbound right turn lane on Willow Springs Road, traffic signal replacement, pedestrian and bicyclist accommodations, and drainage improvements. This project was included in the Joliet Road Feasibility Study, which recommended several roadway improvements to mitigate the traffic impacts from the closure of Joliet Road.  This improvement is included in the Department’s FY 2018-2023 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.  Our current engineering efforts are targeted to enable a contract letting in the middle years of our current multi-year program contingent upon plan readiness, land acquisition, and funding availability through our future annual legislative appropriations.

Note: IDOT projects typically have three distinct phases. Phase I (or the project Study) consists of developing the project scope, environmental studies and preliminary design of a project. Phase II (Design) consists of refining the design to develop contract plans and land acquisition. Phase III (Construction) consists of the actual construction of the project.


Public Hearing – August 24, 2016
A public hearing was held at the Pleasantview Fire Protection District Headquarters Building from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm to present the proposed improvement plan and obtain public input. The following materials were presented at the meeting:

Project Update - January 2017

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Scott Czaplicki, Project Manager, at (847) 705-4678 scott.czaplicki@illinois.gov

IDOT is currently at the early stages of Phase I for this project. As we make changes, this website will be updated accordingly.

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