More than $4 million in grants to help fix crumbling streets and sidewalks and add or repair bike paths are coming to several communities in the south and southwest suburbs as part of Cook County’s annual Invest in Cook grant program.
The county said more than half of the $8.9 million in grant funding spread throughout Cook County is directed towards projects in low- and moderate-income communities.
“Over half of projects receiving funding this year are in traditionally underserved areas,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in a news release announcing the grants. “When we lift these communities up by making commuting easier and more accessible, we’re improving the quality of life for not only these residents but for all county residents.”
The county noted the grants will leverage other funding sources available to communities, including municipal, state and federal funds.
Past projects funded by Invest in Cook have gone on to receive $3 of local, state or federal funding for every $1 of Invest in Cook awards, according to the county.
Communities in the Southland in line for county grant funding include:
Blue Island — The city will receive $383,000 to conduct preliminary engineering on a broader project to improve pedestrian access along Blue Island’s main business corridor on Western Avenue, according to the county. Replacement of deteriorating sidewalks and installing bike racks are among the improvements being studied.
Calumet Park — The county grant of $381,000 will fund engineering and construction of sidewalks along 124th Street from Bishop Street to Throop Street, according to the county. The work will replace uneven, undersized sidewalks that make pedestrian access difficult to Village Hall and the Metra Electric Line station at Ashland Avenue, according to the county.
Ford Heights — The village will receive $225,000 for engineering work aimed at a longer-term plan to modernize the section of US 30 through the village, from Cottage Grove Avenue to Torrence Avenue, according to the village. Long-range improvements include modernizing intersections and lighting.
Harvey — A grant of $400,000 for engineering and construction of street repairs was awarded, with work including reconstructing or repairing sections of 154th Street from Wood Street to Broadway Avenue, according to the county.
Hazel Crest — A grant of $270,000 for resurfacing deteriorated streets and replacing sidewalks along Cotton Lane, Glynwood Lane, Peach Lane, Springtide Lane, Tamarind Lane and Magnolia Drive.
Lansing — The village will receive a $400,000 grant for construction, rebuilding a section of Chicago Avenue, according to the county. The street is a narrow two-lane road that serves industrial businesses, is in poor condition and in need of widening and rebuilding, according to the county.
Lynwood — A feasibility study to improve transportation options in the village will be funded with the help of a $150,000 grant, with the village looking at a variety of modes including bus routes and biking/walking paths.
Matteson — The village will get $120,000 to improve drainage on a section of a pedestrian/bike path along Kostner Avenue south of US 30 and connecting with the Oak Plank Trail, according to the county.
Orland Park — A grant of $148,000 for design and engineering of a 3.4-mile shared-used bike and pedestrian path through the Orland Grove Forest Preserve and McGinnis Slough, according to the county.
Palos Hills — The city will get $648,000 in design engineering and construction funding for a 1.5-mile extension of a multiuse path connecting an existing path at the Calumet Sag Channel and Southwest Highway with a path at Moraine Valley Community College, 111th Street and 86th Avenue , according to the county.
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Park Forest — The village will receive $200,000 for preliminary engineering of a path along Forest Boulevard to connect to Norwood Boulevard, with the path running along 26th Street, according to the county.
Phoenix — A grant of $200,000 for engineering and construction will enable the village to pursue street resurfacing projects along 155th Street from Van Drunen Road to Halsted Street, 2nd Avenue from 151st to 152nd, 3rd Avenue from 151st to 152nd and Walton Avenue from Frances Street to 153rd Street, according to the county.
Posen — The village grant of $300,000 is to remove and replace curbs and sidewalks that are a barrier to people with disabilities along 144th and 149th Streets, between Mozart and Kedzie avenues, according to the county.
Robbins — The village will receive $360,000 for resurfacing deteriorated streets and stormwater work including replacing curbs and gutters along streets including Finley Avenue, Glenn Avenue, Lydia Avenue, Richardson Avenue and Wayman Lane, according to the county.
Thornton Township — The township, which serves unincorporated areas near Calumet City, Dixmoor, Dolton, East Hazel Crest, South Holland and Thornton, will get $200,000 to resurface deteriorated roads and address issues with stormwater flooding, according to the county. Street resurfacing will focus on areas near schools, bus stops and the township food pantry.
Tinley Park — An extension connecting existing paths will be funded with an $88,000 construction grant, enabling the village to build a half-mile multiuse path between 179th Street and linking with a path near 183rd Street and 84th Avenue, according to the county.