Park Ridge, IL… The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently announced a significant investment in communities, which will have a positive impact on Niles and Park Ridge in particular, according to State Representative Michael McAuliffe (R-Chicago). The grants are part of the Illinois Transportation Improvement Program (ITEP), which received 241 project applications requesting a total of $261.3 million. The highly competitive program awarded money to just 33 grants at a total of $30.7 million dollars. The money for the projects comes from a federal transportation bill signed in to law last year; Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST Act”.
“These grants are designed to help neighborhoods and towns showcase their attractiveness as places to live and the towns of Niles and Park Ridge are well deserving of that,” Rep. McAuliffe said. “The communities in the 20th district are already great places to work and raise a family; this latest commitment from the State will only improve upon that.”
Park Ridge will receive over $1.2 million dollars to landscape and beautify a section of the South Northwest Highway. Niles will receive a similar investment of almost seven hundred thousand dollars for work on Milwaukee Avenue improvements. Niles and Park Ridge must commit a local match of at least 20 percent to their projects.