Quigley’s “Mike on the Move” Tour Highlights Road Investments and 606 Bike Trail
CHICAGO — This week, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) took his “Mike on the Move” transportation initiative from Chicago’s roads to its trails, highlighting improvements to some of Chicago’s busiest streets and highways and spotlighting Chicago’s new 2.7 mile, multi-use recreational 606 Trail along the elevated Bloomingdale Rail Line. “Mike on the Move” emphasizes how the federal government can support Chicago transportation and infrastructure investments.
“For generations, this country’s infrastructure served as the backbone of our economic success. Today, our crumbling infrastructure is slowing economic growth, and without serious long-term investments we simply will not be able to compete in today’s global economy,” said Rep. Quigley. “While the projects by IDOT on our streets and highways and The Trust for Public Land on the 606 Trail may seem quite different on the surface, they are both serving a greater, overall goal – of increasing safety and mobility for hundreds of thousands in our neighborhoods.”
Rep. Quigley visited ongoing road projects under construction in the western part of the Fifth District and discussed the need for regional transportation infrastructure investments with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The tour focused on three of the larger road projects currently under construction: the Cumberland Avenue Bridge Project at I-90; the Mannheim Road Project; and the Balmoral Avenue Extension Project. With a majority of funding from the federal government, all three projects will increase safety, create jobs and improve mobility in the area.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to have Congressman Quigley visit some of the ongoing IDOT construction projects in the Fifth Congressional District,” said John Fortmann, Deputy Director/Regional Engineer for IDOT – Region One. “The projects visited are some of our most complex construction projects in Illinois and are vital to the region’s job growth and economic development, especially since these improvements are so closely linked to O’Hare International Airport and the surrounding business and entertainment districts. These projects are utilizing federal highway funds made available to Illinois as a result of Congressman Quigley and his colleagues support of federal infrastructure spending programs.”
Rep. Quigley discusses Mannheim Road expansion project on site with Anthony Quigley, IDOT Project Implementation Engineer.
Rep. Quigley also visited the 606 Trail, Chicago’s new 2.7 mile, multi-use recreational trail and park along the elevated Bloomingdale Rail Line, which has been out of use since the 1990’s. It will provide nearly three miles of much-needed open green space and link four diverse city neighborhoods with the elevated trail and six neighborhood parks. The park will serve 80,000 neighbors, including 20,000 children within a ten minute walk. A great example of a public/private partnership at work, the 606 Trail is a mix of federal, state and local funding, as well as private and corporate philanthropy.
Rep. Quigley tours the 606 Trail and reviews renderings with Beth White, Chicago Office Director for The Trust for Public Land.
As Illinois’ only member on the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Quigley has pushed for a long-term surface transportation bill and prioritized Chicago-area infrastructure investments as a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD). He has helped secure $35 million in Core Capacity grants to benefit CTA and $61 million for projects to ease flooding in Cook County. Most recently he fought for increased funding for the TIGER grant program to benefit both highways and pedestrian projects.
Previous “Mike on the Move” events highlighted Chicago’s Metra system’s century-old switching tower and Amerail passenger car rehabilitation project, new pedestrian and bike infrastructure projects, and visits to CTA Red and Purple line modernization sites.