248th Avenue Improvement

Benefited Residents, City Council Approve Warranted Noise Walls

Benefited residents (those who live along 248th Avenue and whose properties qualify for a wall under Illinois Department of Transportation standards) voted overwhelmingly to approve noise walls at all warranted locations. City Council voted unanimously on Oct. 4 to approve all warranted noise walls. Resident voting results are available here.

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The City has identified the need to improve the portion of 248th Avenue that runs from 95th Street to 103rd Street. The goal of this project is to create a better driving experience for motorists, as well as better recreational experiences for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The project scope will include installing a raised median, putting in left-turn lanes, installing curbs and gutters, as well as installing a new street lighting system. A pedestrian refuge island will be included in the Tall Grass Greenway Trail crossing. Gaps in the current bike path on the west side of 248th Avenue will be connected. Additionally, the City will install a new sidewalk on the east side of the roadway, from 95th Street to 103rd Street.

Timeline

Construction is expected to begin in 2026 and last for approximately 12 months.

Community Meetings

248th Avenue Project September 2020 Open House

Viewpoints Voting Concludes; All Warranted
Noise Walls Approved

Viewpoints voting on the installation of noise walls has concluded for the 248th Avenue road improvement project. Benefited residents (those who live along 248th Avenue and whose properties qualify for a wall under Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) standards) voted overwhelmingly to approve noise walls at all warranted locations. Voting results are available here. The noise walls will be installed when project construction begins.

At its Oct. 4 meeting, City Council voted unanimously to fund noise walls at locations where the walls met warrants. However, the Council voted not to fund noise walls at locations where the walls did not meet warrants. The certified noise wall analysis shows the locations where the noise wall met all warrants, as well as those locations that did not qualify for a noise wall.

The next step in the project is for Civiltech, the project consultant, to finalize the noise report and submit it to IDOT. In 2023, Phase 2 of the project will begin, in which Civiltech will complete detailed engineering plans and finalize the design for the noise walls.

Viewpoints Voting Meeting on Sept. 8

On Sept. 8, the City’s consultant shared a detailed presentation on highway traffic noise concepts and the results of the noise analysis, followed by a question-and-answer session. Attendees also were able to view the many exhibits on display, including information about predicted noise levels and a conceptual rendering of a potential noise wall. 

City Council Approves Project Alternative #2

On March 1, 2022, the City Council approved alternative #2 and recommended the City apply for federal funding for the project. 

Feb. 3, 2022 248th Avenue Improvement Project – Noise Assessment Presentation