Last week, IDOT held a public meeting to discuss plans for the expansion of the Eisenhower. Rick Kuner from the Citizens for Appropriate Transportation provided the update message below. If you're against the plan, it sounds like now is the time to make your voice heard:
Dear Friends and Neighbors, As you probably know, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is once again considering widening the Eisenhower Expressway between Cicero Avenue and Manheim Road. Many of you attended the public meeting on this project last week - thank you.
Please tell the IDOT that you oppose plans to bring more cars, more noise,
and more air pollution to our communities. Public comments can be submitted
online at http://www.eisenhowerexpressway.com/informed.
Points you may wish to make in your comments:
.Adding lanes won't reduce traffic congestion. Illinois spent $140 million
to fix the Hillside Strangler, yet travel time remained virtually unchanged.
.If we were to build all the lanes traffic engineers say is necessary to
"solve" congestion, the Ike would be 12-14 lanes wide. Clearly we aren't
going to do that, so let's find a better solution BEFORE we expand the Ike.
.More highway lanes means more cars, more noise, more air pollution,
property acquisition, and more global warming pollution.
.Extending the CTA Blue Line to Hillside is a better solution. It would
increase mobility, solve congestion problems, and improve our communities.
Please submit your comments before December 3 so they are part of the
Please also pass this e-mail along to friends, family, and neighbors so that
IDOT is flooded with comments opposing their plans to widen the Ike! For
more information, and to sign up for regular updates on the state's efforts
to expand the Ike, please visit
Wow. Would it really take a 12-14 lane highway to solve our congestion woes? It sounds like folks need to get out of their cars. I wonder how likely it would be for the CTA to extend the Blue Line further west?
What do you think of these latest points against the expansion of I-290?