143rd Street Widening Project

143rd Street Widening Project

The Village of Orland Park Mayor and Trustees welcome you to the 143rd Street Improvements project page.  Village leadership is taking part in a multi-jurisdictional effort to improve the 143rd Street corridor to widen it to 5-lanes from I-355 on the west to Cicero Avenue on the east, a distance of 15.1 miles.  

Currently, 12.4 miles of the corridor have been improved to 5-lanes, 2.6 miles of which are within the Orland Park (Beacon Avenue just west of the Southwest Metra Service Line to the Village limits on the east). West of Beacon Avenue to Will-Cook Road (the west Village municipal limits), 143rd Street remains a 2/3 lane roadway and experiences congestion, safety issues, mobility deficiencies, roadway flooding, and lacks continuous sidewalk/paths.

The Village is leading the engineering effort for two of the three remaining segments of 143rd Street that have not been widened to 5-lanes, the Will-Cook Road to Wolf Road segment and Wolf Road to Southwest Highway segment.  Will County Division of Transportation initiated Phase II Engineering and Land Acquisition for the other remaining segment from Lemont Road/State Street to Bell Road within the Village of Homer Glen. 

The Village was successful in obtaining federal funding for Phase I Engineering (Preliminary Engineering) and Phase II Engineering (Design Engineering) for their two remaining segments from the Southwest Council of Mayors.

[143rd Street Corridor Project Status]

143rd Street from Will-Cook Road to Southwest Highway is under the maintenance and jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).  From Wolf Road to Southwest Highway, 143rd Street is marked Illinois Route 7, which continues northeast along Southwest Highway and south along Wolf Road. 

West of Wolf Road, 143rd Street is an unmarked State roadway to Will-Cook Road where it changes maintenance and jurisdiction to Will County.  The Village has been actively pursuing improvements to 143rd Street for over 20 years due to the importance of this corridor to the Village and region, which is expected to see an 80% increase in average daily from existing traffic volumes of 14,000 vehicles per day to 25,300 vehicles per day in 2050 (per regional planning forecasts).

143rd Street – Will Cook Road to Wolf Road Improvement

This project is currently in Phase II Engineering (85% complete) but is currently on-hold due to lack of funding for land acquisition and construction. The Village is continuing to work with IDOT on identifying funding for land acquisition, construction and construction engineering. The Village has also applied for federal funding but has been unsuccessful in being award funding for this project.

In IDOT’s multi-year transportation improvement program they have included funding for a new signal at the Creek Crossing Drive/143rd Street intersection along with other intersection improvements to enhance safety at this intersection.  The Village is planning for this improvement to be constructed with the 143rd Street corridor improvements so that the new signal is compatible with the widened roadway.

The proposed improvements for 1-mile roadway segment of 143rd Street includes:

  • Reconstruct 143rd Street between Will-Cook Road and Wolf Road to provide a five-lane cross section, consisting of two travel lanes in each direction separated by a median to accommodate left turn lanes.

  • Construct the median with barrier curb and gutter to prevent potential cross-median crashes. Away from the left turn lanes, the median will be landscaped.

  • Construct a storm sewer system with barrier curb and gutter at the roadside edges, and inlets to collect stormwater runoff from the pavement.

  • Construct a continuous 8 foot wide multi-user path along the north right-of-way of 143rd Street to safely accommodate pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists between school, residential and commercial areas.

  • Construct continuous 5 foot wide sidewalk segments along the south right-of-way of 143rd Street to complete the gaps in the sidewalk network.

  • Raise the roadway profile of 143rd Street along the Long Run Creek floodplain to alleviate frequent occurrences of pavement flooding, which are sometimes so severe they force 143rd Street to be closed to traffic.

  •  Replace the 143rd Street pipe culverts at Long Run Creek with larger concrete box culverts to accommodate the design year flood without overtopping of the road.


Schedule: When funding has been identified, the Village and their project consultant will update the design plans and submit to IDOT for approval. Land acquisition will also proceed with acquiring property from several parcels. Construction would not likely begin for 12 months following the receipt of funding.

Cost:  The current construction cost is estimated at $12,300,000.


143rd Street –Wolf Road to Southwest Highway Improvement

Overall Proposed Improvement Summary Exhibit

In early June the project team initiated geotechnical investigations related to the taller proposed retaining walls. The geotechnical investigations will continue through the month of June and into July. Periodic/temporary lane closures may be required for some of the areas along 143rd Street and Wolf Road.

This project is currently in Phase I Engineering (85% complete) and is anticipating completion in Fall 2020.  The Village has obtained partial federal funding for Phase II Engineering and has identified other funding sources to fully fund Phase II Engineering, which is anticipated to start in early/mid 20201.  At this time, funding for right-of-way acquisition, construction and construction engineering have not been identified. The Village is continuing to work with IDOT on identifying funding and has also applied for federal funding several times over the past several years but has been largely been unsuccessful in obtaining a large amount of funding needed for the project.  In fall 2019, the Village received federal funding to construct a traffic signal interconnect for all signals along 143rd Street from Wolf Road to La Grange Road, which should help improve traffic progression. The Village is advancing forward with this project ahead of the larger corridor improvement to provide some interim relief of congestion, specifically in the Old Orland area between West Avenue and Ravinia Avenue. In May 2020, the Village submitted a federal funding application for a $25 million request (the maximum amount) towards construction of the project.

The proposed improvements for 1.7-mile roadway segment of 143rd Street includes:Reconstruct 143rd Street between Wolf Road and Southwest Highway to provide a five-lane cross section, consisting of two travel lanes in each direction separated by a median to accommodate left turn lanes.

  • Construct the median with barrier curb and gutter to prevent potential cross-median crashes. Away from the left turn lanes, the median will be landscaped. A flush median will be provided between Ridge Avenue and West Avenue to provide a continuous turn lane for all local side streets.

  • New traffic signal at Crystal Tree Drive/143rd Street intersection

  • Consolidate the North Union Street/143rd Street intersection and Southwest Highway/143rd Street intersection into one signalized intersection. North Union Street will be re-aligned to meet at the Southwest Highway/143rd Street intersection, which will significantly improve traffic congestion for existing and future traffic. Dual left turn lanes will be provided from 143rd Street onto Southwest Highway and duel right turn lanes will be provided on Southwest Highway onto 143rd Street.

  • One additional through lane in each direction will be provided on Wolf Road at its intersection with 143rd Street to increase capacity at the intersection.

  • Reconfiguration of the 143rd Street Metra Station – Southwest Highway commuter parking lot and adding 245 spaced, to provide a total of 507 parking stalls at the lot.

  • A total of 32 retaining walls will be included in the project to minimize impacts to commercial, residential, forest preserve and other natural areas.

  • Construct a storm sewer system with barrier curb and gutter at the roadside edges, and inlets to collect stormwater runoff from the pavement.

  • Construct a continuous 8 foot wide multi-user path along the north right-of-way of 143rd Street to safely accommodate pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists between school, residential and commercial areas.

  • Construct continuous 5 foot wide sidewalk segments along the south right-of-way of 143rd Street to complete the gaps in the sidewalk network.

  • Raise the roadway profile of 143rd Street approximately 5-feet along the Tributary to Long Run Creek floodplain (between Wolf Road and 108th Avenue) to alleviate frequent occurrences of pavement flooding, which are sometimes so severe they force 143rd Street to be closed to traffic.

  • Replace the 143rd Street pipe culverts at Tributary to Long Run Creek with larger concrete box culverts to accommodate the design year flood without overtopping of the road.

Property acquisition will be required from numerous properties directly adjacent to 143rd Street. In 2011, the Village secured a 17-foot permanent easement along the McGinnis Slough Forest Preserve to be utilized for this project. The proposed improvement has been moved as far to the north as possible in this area of the project. A retaining wall is being utilized along the forest preserve property. The Village is in the process of obtaining approvals from IDOT of the roadway and drainage design for the project. Following those approvals, the project footprint will be finalized, and the project will proceed to a public hearing. Any property that has proposed property acquisition as part of this project will be receive a personalized invite letter and exhibit showing the proposed acquisition. Property acquisition typically will occur during Phase II Engineering, contingent upon funding.

Schedule:

The Village is targeting Phase I Design Approval in Fall 2020 with Phase II Engineering initiating in early/mid 2021.

Other Project Information:

  • Geotechnical (i.e. soil) borings for 10 of the taller walls (greater than 7-feet in height) began in early June 2020 and will last 5 to 6 weeks. This will require equipment to be parked along side the roadway in order to collect the borings. A project mailing was sent out to all property owners directly along the project limits alerting them of this work, as well as HOA points of contact.The approximate locations of this work include:

     
    • West side of Wolf Road just south of CVS Pharmacy

    • West side of Wolf Road just north of First Midwest Bank, adjacent to The Courtyards sub-development

    • North and south sides of 143rd Street between Wolf Road and 108th within the natural wetland area

    • North side of 143rd Street just east of 108th Avenue adjacent to Orland Grove Office Park

    • North side of 143rd Street along the McGinnis Slough Forest Preserve

    • West side of Southwest Highway along the location of the existing retaining wall

  • As part of the environmental studies for this project, traffic noise is being evaluated following Federal and State project development procedures for the proposed improvements as well as the No-Build, or “do-nothing” option. View the 143rd Street Noise Forum Presentation/View Noise Wall Exhibit

    • The analysis found that, due to the proposed improvements, predicted future noise levels along 143rd Street between Compton Court and the First Midwest Bank driveway justify the installation of a 10-foot tall noise wall for a 400-foot distance.The noise wall will mitigate noise impacts for 9 benefitted residents.

    • A noise forum meeting is being held on June 9th with the 9 befitted residents and a vote will be held for whether or not the noise wall should be installed as part of this project. The Village or IDOT do not control if the noise wall is included as part of the project (per federal guidelines).

    • The actual style of the noise wall would be determined during the next phase of engineering.

    • More information can be found about the traffic noise analysis process and guidelines on the IDOT website:http://idot.illinois.gov/transportation-system/environment/index (Community Tab\Traffic Noise)

  • The Village is anticipating a Public Hearing later this summer or early fall regarding the proposed improvements. A virtual Public Hearing may be held depending on requirements for large gatherings by the Illinois Department of Public Health due to the COVID epidemic.

  • Completion of Phase I Engineering is anticipated in Fall 2020. The Village has obtained partial funding for Phase II Engineering, which is anticipated to begin in 2021.

Project Materials:

 143rd Street - Board Presentation


Contact Sean Marquez, Village Engineer, at SMarquez@orlandpark.org or 708-403-6171 for more information.