Public Meetings Seek Input On Route 83 Overhaul

Bernie Tafoya
January 17, 2020 - 5:48 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- DuPage County residents will get a chance to weigh in, over the next couple of weeks, on plans to re-develop land along Route 83.

A master plan is in the works for the area along Route 83 through five suburbs and unincorporated areas of DuPage County, according to DuPage County Board Member Sam Tornatore. The suburbs are Elmhurst, Wood Dale, Addison, Bensenville and Villa Park.

Tornatore says safety and landscaping issues along Route 83 will be the first ones.

"It’s not only been untapped, but it’s been abused in many ways by people who have driven up and down Rt. 83 and used it, in many cases, as a dumping ground," he says.

He says people take their lives in their hands trying to cross Route 83 on foot or by bike: "We’re trying to determine where along Route 83 access points to maybe establish stop lights, bridges, if you will to get across as well as some walking paths and bike paths."

The chairman of the County Board's Development Committee says that once the area along Route 83 becomes more functional and aesthetic, commercial development will come.

Sticking points for development of the area include dealing with jurisdictional issues involving five suburbs, the county and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

There’s no timetable nor cost estimate yet for the master plan.

The first public meeting will be on Monday Jan. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Wood Dale Park District Cabin Nature Center, 111 S. Wood Dale Road.

The second meeting will be on Wednesday Jan. 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Villa Park Library, 305 Ardmore Avenue.

More information may be found at planroute83.org.