Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The Illinois Tollway Board August 15 approved spending an unspecified amount to help pay for a land-use plan for the route of the proposed Highway 53 extension through Lake County. The study would be conducted by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). It is estimated that the land-use study would cost approximately $1 million.

An advisory council in June recommended a four-lane "parkway" extending Highway 53 north 12.5 miles from Lake-Cook Road. It would form a "T" with a 14-mile corridor along east-west Highway 120 (Belvidere Road) near Grayslake. The council urged that the project be built as a toll road. Cost estimates range from $2.2 billion to $2.7 billion.