Congressman Brad Schneider, a Deerfield Democrat, helped pass the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST in America) Act, which would fund significant surface transportation needs across the country. He helped secure support for five local projects submitted earlier this year, including one in Glenview.
"The INVEST in America Act will strengthen the middle class in Illinois and the nation by creating thousands of good-paying jobs, as well as rebuild our crumbling infrastructure to handle the effects of climate change. I am proud that all five local transportation projects progressed to the next round of the funding process as part of the INVEST in America Act, which lays the foundation for a larger infrastructure package to move America forward. I will continue to advocate for these community investments as the legislation moves forward through Congress," said Schneider.
The INVEST in America Act is comprehensive surface transportation legislation that would modernize our roads, bridges, transit, rail and more. The transformational bill would move our country away from the status quo and would lay the groundwork for an infrastructure package for the modern era.
The Milwaukee Avenue Improvement Project in Glenview "would improve a high-congestion, high-accident region of IL-21 by improving pavement reconstruction, intersection geometry improvements with dual left-turn lanes, installation of ADA-compliant pedestrian facilities, traffic, and pedestrian signal replacement," according to Schneider's office.
It's a welcome improvement, according to Glenview Village President Mike Jenny.
"The Village of Glenview and motorists traveling through Glenview's west side would benefit greatly from this project, which has been delayed at least 13 years and is vital to improve traffic flow in the region," Jenny said. "Traffic backups are commonly a half-mile to a mile from the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and West Lake Avenue during peak travel times. Both roadways carry high volumes of traffic and connect with retail, residential, commercial and recreational areas, so the planned improvements are critical for public safety and regional mobility."