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The Village of Orland Park Plans for Complete Streets

The following is an excerpt from the Village of Orland Park Comprehensive Plan Mobility and Access Chapter. The plan was adopted in 2013 and serves as a guide for the future of the community.

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street. A complete street may include: sidewalks, bike lanes, special bus lanes, public transportation stops, crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, and more.

Orland Park travelers have places to go and people to see, and for that, they rely on the Village’s transportation network. Since 2000, Orland Park has added more than 3,200 new residential units and over 4 million square feet of new commercial space. That growth speaks to the desirability of Orland Park as a premiere Chicagoland community, but it also means that there are more people accessing the transportation network and most of those people are traveling by car. In fact, despite train and bus service, US census data reveals that 90% of residents use a car to get to work. Due to the rapid growth of Orland Park, the transportation infrastructure has struggled to keep pace. Aggressive budgeting over the last decade has helped bring more of our road networks up to current standards and a number of large transportation infrastructure projects are currently underway.

Through surveys and outreach, citizens have been clear that transportation must be an Orland Park priority. Results from The National Citizen Survey revealed a need to focus on mitigating vehicular congestion, providing access to bus service and reducing barriers to walking. Opinions on the ease of car travel and traffic flow on major streets were rated well below the national benchmark. Residents rated ease of rail travel, ease of bicycle travel and the availability of paths and walking trails well above the national benchmark.

Over the past few decades, the Village has increased transportation mobility and access by maintaining and improving existing roadways, building new roadways that provide access for all users, increasing vehicular cross access between existing developments, maintaining and improving existing bikeways and building new bikeways. Over the next 15 to 20 years, the Village will develop a dynamic and interconnected transportation network that creates a unique community identity, continues to increase access for all modes of transportation, mitigates congestion, and promotes safety.