Retire the Rt. 53/120 corridor and transform it into a non-motorized corridor with protected natural resources, an intact ecosystem and a corridor trail.
The over 50-year-old Route 53/120 corridor is a de facto intact open space corridor with highly valuable wetlands and ecosystems. Over the years, the corridor has been built up and zoning has been approved to put residential communities, schools, playgrounds and a hospital directly adjacent to the tollway corridor.
Every time the Rt. 53 proposal in Lake County has been defeated, it comes back again – over-and-over again – like a zombie, because the profiteers want to cash in. There is a huge opportunity cost to allow this corridor for an unaffordable, unachievable, political non-starter to remain “on the books”. Many, many projects in the vicinity of the corridor are pushed down on the list of priorities because of the false promises for this silver-bullet-cure for all of the county congestion woes.
Our goal, once the Rt. 53/120 proposal is defeated yet again, is to decommission the corridor so the good people of Lake County can move forward with modern, efficient and achievable plans to relieve congestion. We would like to see the extremely valuable and sensitive ecosystems and wetlands protected, keep the corridor non-motorized, create a corridor trail and let each village that has property in the corridor decide how the land should best be used.