Homer Glen to pick landscaping for 159th Street medians
October 23, 2013 8:52PM
Updated: November 25, 2013 1:10PM
Homer Glen will seek landscaped medians that are both attractive and easy to maintain when the Illinois Department of Transportation widens 159th Street from two lanes to four lanes in the near future.
IDOT asked the village to come up with a landscaping plan and to seek samples of medians in other towns so that it can proceed with its master plan for the 159th Street project.
Village manager Cameron Davis said about 10 medians on the 3½-mile stretch of roadway will be concrete because they won’t be wide enough for landscaping. Other areas will be planted with trees, small bushes, grass and mulch, with long stretches of colorful plants at key intersections, Davis said.
While IDOT is paying for the plants, Homer Glen is required to maintain them, he said.
IDOT is in its engineering phases to widen 159th Street from about Gougar Road to Ravinia Avenue in Orland Park.
The village has hired an economic development consultant to help create a plan on how 159th Street, its main commercial corridor, should be developed following the widening.