Central Avenue Bypass Hearing Scheduled for Thursday
February 16, 2011
A public hearing on the proposed Central Avenue bypass project will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Laurence High School, 5556 W. 77th St., Burbank.
Illinois Department of Transportation officials will show alternative plans, present options and hear input from the public on the project, which is designed to reduce traffic congestion on Harlem and Cicero avenues.
Central Avenue dead-ends in a rail yard just south of Midway Airport, leaving no through north-south route in the three miles separating Harlem and Cicero avenues.
“The region has never needed the bypass more than it does today,” U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) said in a news release. “Building it will create jobs right now and over the long term, as it reduces congestion and boosts business development throughout the region.”
The underpass, which would run from 65th to 72nd streets, will cost an estimated $300 million. About $170 million for the project already has been set aside, according to the news release.
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