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High medians mostly out of 143rd Street plan

Updated: April 20, 2014 6:41AM



Raised medians will not be a part of the 143rd Street widening project except at major intersections in Homer Glen, Will County officials announced Tuesday.

They said most of the nearly 100 written comments received by officials since a Jan. 29 public meeting on the project expressed strong opposition to the unmountable medians.

“The medians would have affected over 65 residents and businesses whose driveways access 143rd Street,” county board member Mike Fricilone, R-Homer Glen, said in a news release. “We greatly appreciate the feedback received from all stakeholders and believe the new design addresses their concerns.”

Both Fricilone and fellow board member Steve Balich, R-Homer Glen, agree with the opposition to the raised medians.

They said the new design for the three-mile project includes 16-foot-wide mountable medians that allow access to driveways from the east and west. The four intersections along 143rd Street that will retain the higher medians are those at Bell Road, Golden Oak (west side only), Parker Road and State Street.

Removing the bulk of the medians will end up saving the county money, Balich said.

The $15 million project will reconstruct 143rd Street and widen it to four lanes with curbs, gutters, an enclosed drainage system and new or upgraded traffic signals.

Design work is scheduled to start this year, with construction beginning in 2016 or 2017 with the widening of 143rd Street from Bell to Parker roads. The segment from Parker to Creme roads will start in 2017 or 2018, and the stretch from Creme to Lemont roads in 2018 or 2019, according to county officials.

Fricilone and Balich said they worked with Bruce Gould, Will County’s director of transportation, and Walter Adamic, D-Joliet, chairman of the county board’s public works committee, to remove the unpopular medians from the project.



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