Dyer council: We're Main Street project foes' ally

2013-05-12T23:30:00Z 2013-05-13T12:37:27Z Dyer council: We're Main Street project foes' allyMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 12, 2013 11:30 pm  • 

DYER | The Dyer Town Council wants to make it clear: When it comes to the Main Street extension, it is on the side of Dyer’s residents.

A letter stating so will go to every resident in town, Town Attorney Bill Enslen said at this month's council business meeting. Although Dyer has no legal authority to intervene in the project, it will speak out on behalf of realigning the road so it will have less of an impact on Dyer residents.

Extending Main Street to connect with Joe Orr Road is being spearheaded by Munster, Lynwood, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. The four-lane road is to be built on right of way that Dyer does not own, but which runs directly to the north of the Meadows subdivision and south of the Lansing airport. Main Street east of Sheffield Avenue and west of Calumet Avenue would be widened to four lanes.

Dyer recently hosted a meeting where angry residents stated that Dyer had not kept them informed of the project and had not gone to bat for them.

The letter is intended to allay some of those concerns. The Main Street project is now in the environmental study and engineering phase, and Dyer officials are asking that the road be re-engineered so that is not so close to the Meadows or, failing that, that every effort is made to place adequate buffers between the road and the subdivision.

At the earlier meeting, Councilwoman Connee Trepton asked why the road couldn’t be reconfigured further north and closer to the Munster town line, since it is Munster’s project. Harry Gilmore of Robinson Engineering replied that moving the road farther north is not possible because of the airport.

No representatives from Munster, Lynwood or the state or federal government attended the earlier meeting, and none attended this month's Dyer council meeting.

Since Dyer has nothing to do with the design or funding of the Main Street extension, the role it can take now is as an advocate for residents, officials have said.

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