Quigley’s Transportation and Infrastructure Projects Included in House Legislation
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) , a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development, released a statement after learning that the five projects he submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee for funding as part of surface transportation authorization legislation will be included in the proposed legislation. Quigley submitted the five projects in April and strongly advocated for their inclusion. All five projects have been approved at Quigley’s requested funding amounts and include improvements to local roads, trails and CTA stops.
“Our community flourishes when we have reliable, accessible transportation and infrastructure. That’s exactly why I was so proud to support these five projects, why I submitted them, and why I won’t be done fighting for them until this legislation is signed into law and our community’s projects are funded,” said Quigley. “I want to thank Chair DeFazio and the rest of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for including these projects in his Committee’s legislation. I look forward to working with him and my colleagues to see this legislation passed.”
As they do every five years, the House T&I Committee is advancing surface transportation authorization legislation. As part of this process, each member was invited to submit up to five Member Designated Projects for consideration. Member Designated Projects funded through surface transportation authorization will be funded directly from the Highway Trust Fund, and they do not require a separate or subsequent appropriation. These projects are separate and distinct from the House Committee on Appropriations’ process for considering Community Project Funding requests.
Additional information about the five projects championed by Quigley and Member Designated Projects can be found HERE. A summary of the approved projects is available below:
CTA – Blue Line’s Irving Park Stop
- This project would help facilitate badly needed improvements at the Irving Park stop on the Blue Line, including the addition of two new station houses equipped with customer assistance kiosks.
- Requested Amount: $4,330,000
PACE – Cermark Road
- This project will implement transit signal priority on Cermak Road in western Cook and eastern DuPage Counties to help make public transit on this route safe, efficient, and reliable.
- Requested Amount: $390,000
606 Multiuse Trail
- This project extends the multiuse trail known as the 606 from Ashland Avenue to Elston Avenue, a distance of approximately 1050 feet, in order to provide a safe connection between the east and west sides of the Kennedy Expressway and UP Railroad tracks. The 606 will be located below the Kennedy Bridge and under the UP Railroad tracks.
- Requested Amount: $1,500,000
Rehabilitative Resurfacing of Ill 64 North Ave - I-294 to Harlem Ave & N Frontage Rd - 7th Ave to 5th Ave
- This project consists of rehabilitative resurfacing and replacing non-compliant curb ramps to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The resurfacing will address the pavement condition and prolong the lifespan of the existing pavement while the proposed curb ramp work will enhance accessibility for non-motorized users with disabilities.
- Requested Amount: $7,920,000
Rehabilitative Resurfacing of Belmont Avenue - 25th Ave to W of Elm St, Franklin Park
- The project consists of rehabilitative resurfacing and replacing non-compliant curb ramps to make them compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The resurfacing will address the pavement condition and prolong the lifespan of the existing pavement while the proposed curb ramp work will enhance accessibility for non-motorized users with disabilities.
- Requested Amount: $588,000