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Crystal Lake residents can shape transportation plan online

CRYSTAL LAKE – Crystal Lake residents can provide suggestions online to help shape the city's transportation master plan over the next 15 years.

After an in-person workshop in July conducted by Crystal Lake planners and representatives from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, residents now have the ability to fill out an online survey and highlight areas on a map to show where work needs to be done.

The website, crystallake.metroquest.com, allows users to select their top three priorities such as safety, parking, walking, transit or others. After ranking priorities, residents can then fill out a survey assessing walking, biking, driving and transit in the city before using an interactive map to highlight the places that are most in need.

The survey will remain open until Sept. 30. A public visioning workshop also is scheduled to occur sometime between September and October.

Public feedback has ranged from broad suggestions such as implementing a large bus system to specific fixes such as addressing speeding on Pierson Street to easing congestion at Route 14 and Route 176 or extending North Shore Drive to Crystal Lake Avenue.

The project is just one of 137 projects CMAP has started with local governments to address issues including transportation, land use and housing as part of the regional body’s GOTO 2040 plan focused on improving livability in communities throughout a seven-county region.

Officials hope to have a complete plan by the spring of 2015 for a public hearing. Projects would be implemented on a scheduled timeline and funded as the city's budget allows.

For updates, visit www.cmap.illinois.gov/programs-and-resources/lta/crystal-lake.

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