June 26, 2024

Duckworth, Durbin and Schneider Celebrate $18.7 Million in Federal Funding to Improve Cedar Lake Road Safety and Resiliency


[WASHINGTON, DC] — The U.S. Department of Transportation announced this week that it has awarded Lake County a grant of $18,788,080 to improve the safety, condition and resiliency of Cedar Lake Road and the IL Route 124 intersection. U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL-10), who have worked closely with Lake County to advocate for this federal funding, released the following statements celebrating the funding:

“I’m proud to see this federal funding benefitting Illinoisans by repairing and enhancing our local infrastructure in Lake County,” said Duckworth. “This investment will go a long way in updating Cedar Lake Road and making it safer for pedestrians and cyclists and more accessible. I’m pleased to see this funding will also help bring much-needed improvements to the Round Lake Metra Station. I will continue to work alongside Senator Durbin and Congressman Schneider to ensure that our communities are receiving the much-needed federal resources they deserve.”

“Accessible infrastructure, whether that’s ADA-compliant sidewalks or improved Metra stations, is a vital component of a thriving community.  With the more than $21 million coming to Lake County to support this update to existing infrastructure, residents and visitors will make good use of new bicycle paths, pedestrian crossings, commuter parking, and more,” said Durbin.  “I will continue to work with Senator Duckworth and Congressman Schneider to advocate for Northern Illinois communities to receive federal support needed for these projects.”

“This is a transformative investment in Lake County and the Round Lake area that will bring innumerable benefits to our community,” said Schneider. “This project will not only significantly improve safety along Cedar Lake Road; it will also dramatically enhance, strengthen and grow Round Lake’s central business district, bringing more jobs, more services and more opportunity to the region. Thanks to tireless advocacy by local officials as well as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that I helped pass in 2021, our community is about to see an infusion of federal dollars that will make Lake County an even better place to live. I am extremely proud to have been a longtime supporter of this project and look forward to witnessing the Cedar Lake Road revitalization improve overall infrastructure in Lake County.” 

“After decades of underinvestment, the condition of Illinois’s infrastructure is now finally getting better instead of worse – and today we proudly announce our support for 148 more projects in communities across the country, including Round Lake” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re funding projects across the country to make roads safer, make it easier for people to move around their community, make transportation infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather, and improve supply chains to keep costs down for consumers.”

The grant will fund the construction of a new alignment for Cedar Lake Road from Hart Road to Nippersink Road as well as five new intersections, ADA-compliant sidewalks, a shared use path, a bicycle path, sidewalks and pedestrian crossings. Additionally, the project funded through the grant will improve the Round Lake Metro Station with platform extension and improvements including consolidation of commuter parking, warming shelters, bus stop shelters and kiss and ride facilities on each side of the railroad tracks.

The funding was secured through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program, which helps state and local communities complete essential transportation infrastructure projects.

The grant follows efforts by Duckworth, Durbin and Schneider to bring more federal funding to the project. Additionally, Duckworth, Durbin and Schneider wrote to USDOT in support of Lake County’s grant application.

More information on the grant can be found here.