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South Holland's 170th Street reconstruction finished

2013-06-10T00:00:00Z South Holland's 170th Street reconstruction finishedMary Ann Thornton Times Columnist nwitimes.com
June 10, 2013 12:00 am  • 

The village of South Holland has launched its new “Clean, Bright and Beautiful” campaign, a project closely tied to the community’s Vision 2022 strategic plan. This is not just a “flavor of the year” gimmick. The village is quite passionate and the administration is working hard to deliver results.

When did you last drive on 170th Street in South Holland, Ill.? For some, it has been a while because of the amount of construction in the area. Well, guess what ... it’s time to come back to South Holland’s 170th Street corridor.

It’s clean! It’s bright! It’s beautiful! I find it simply delightful to cruise down this newly reconstructed thoroughfare, and South Holland residents and visitors alike are displaying a tremendous amount of satisfaction for this investment in the community.

Most pleasing is the re-opening of the railroad crossing at 170th Street and Parkside Avenue. This signals the near conclusion of the major road reconstruction project that commenced last summer by Cook County.

From Kenwood Avenue on the east end to South Park Avenue on the west end, 170th Street proved to be an ambitious project and the county has certainly delivered on a commitment to improve roadways within their jurisdiction.

Prior to the reconstruction, 170th Street in South Holland was a four-lane stretch of pavement in need of attention. Village officials and Robinson Engineering worked closely with Cook County to plan a full reconstruction of this east-west thoroughfare.

Elements of this collaborative project called for the enhancement of the South Park Avenue intersection and all roadway pavement on 170th Street east to Kenwood Avenue, as well as drainage improvements. The plan also called for new traffic signals and protected left-turn lanes at Greenwood, Cottage Grove, and South Park avenues.

The improvement has resulted in 12-foot lanes from South Park Avenue to Langley Avenue and then transitions to three lanes at Cottage Grove Avenue.

Bicyclists should be pleased with the addition of 4-foot bike lanes between Cottage Grove and Greenwood avenues. Within this same stretch, the county has provided two 12-foot through lanes and one 12-foot bi-directional turn lane. East of Greenwood, the roadway transitions to four lanes, aligned with the west bridge approach over Interstate 94.

In addition to roadway improvements, residents in the project area received new driveways and in some cases, sidewalks have been replaced.

The roadway reconstruction began in late spring 2012, with funding through the South Suburban Mayors and Managers federal Surface Transportation Program and Cook County. This investment of more than $6 million has been of tremendous value to the community.

South Holland paid only $250,000 toward the project, which covered the cost of new water mains, streetlights and new traffic signals at South Park, Cottage Grove and Greenwood.

As we enter the summer season, landscaping of the area will provide the finishing touches to this clean, bright and beautiful area.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Mary Ann Thornton is communications manager for the village of South Holland. She can be reached at mat39@comcast.net.

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