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Crystal Lake City Council to vote on transportation plan Tuesday

Plan includes improvements to sidewalks, bike paths and public transportation

The city of Crystal Lake is hosting an open house Tuesday where residents can learn about and comment on the city's long-range transportation plan.
The city of Crystal Lake is hosting an open house Tuesday where residents can learn about and comment on the city's long-range transportation plan.

CRYSTAL LAKE – The city of Crystal Lake is expected to adopt a transportation plan at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

The city partnered with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning for the project, which details the city’s intent to improve traffic flow on major roads, close gaps in its sidewalk grid, add to the bike path network and make public transportation an interconnected part of the city’s overall transportation network.

A draft of the plan is available online at cmap.illinois.gov. The long-range transportation plan for the city looks to the year 2040.

Several public events on the plan have been held in the last few years. Past events included a public hearing Oct. 18, an open house Sept. 18, a visioning workshop in June 2015 and a kickoff open house in July 2014.

The September event had 26 people in attendance. Residents said that they agreed with the city’s goals to “enhance the sidewalk network,” “expand the bicycle network” and “make public transportation an interconnected part of the transportation network,” according to a CMAP summary of the event.

Many commenters called for continued improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders.

Some said that they appreciate the overall goals of making the community more bicycle-friendly and improving stormwater management strategies. Others reaffirmed the need for more sidewalks in locations where they are lacking, additional bicycle facilities that are designed to handle conditions of particular roadways, and building connections to key community destinations, according to the event summary.

The City Council meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Crystal Lake City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock St.

Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect that the plan will be voted on at a Crystal Lake City Council meeting.

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