Tinley Park wants to extend 191st Street
Hoping to bring more retail dollars into the village, Tinley Park officials want to extend 191st Street east from Harlem Avenue to Flossmoor Road.
Doing so would provide easier access from the east to Brookside Marketplace, a sprawling retail area at 191st and Harlem, which has large stores such as Target, Kohl’s and Best Buy along with restaurants and smaller merchants.
Village Trustee Tom Staunton Jr. briefly discussed the idea, which is in the early stages, at a board committee meeting this week.
“People wold be spending money in our town. It’s possible this could lead to more retail development,” Staunton said Thursday.
Right now, 191st Street ends about a quarter-mile east of Harlem, where it connects with Prosperi Drive, which leads north and then veers east to Oak Park Avenue.
An expanded 191st Street would head south and east toward Oak Park Avenue, where it would link up with an existing road, one leading into the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre.
That road runs east from Oak Park Avenue to Ridgeland Avenue and ends across from Flossmoor Road.
Building the road is expected to cost $5 million, with the federal government picking up about 80 percent of that, or about $4 million, village manager Scott Niehaus said.
So far, costs have been split 70/30 with the feds, he said.
The first phase, an environmental report, cost the village $60,980 and the feds $142,287, Niehaus said.
Preliminary design cost the feds $182,577 and the village $78,247, he said.
The current phase, which studies right-of-way and staging plans, is costing the federal government $175,980 and the village $75,420, he said.
Federal funding is made available through the Illinois Department of Transportation, he said.
The village may need to acquire some privately owned land to make room for turning lanes at intersections, Niehaus said.
Although the plan is being discussed, motorists shouldn’t plan on driving on the road any time soon. Construction is projected to be completed between 2017 and 2019, officials said.
That’s not too unusual. Niehaus noted that the 183rd Street extension, connecting La Grange Road with 80th Avenue, took about five years to complete.