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The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways will provide $8.5 million to 34 transportation projects through its 2021 "Invest in Cook" grant program.
The program has provided $39.7 million in grants for 162 projects throughout Cook County since its inception in 2017. This year, the program will help fund fund four transit, three freight, 15 bicycle/pedestrian and 12 road projects in 29 municipalities.
The transit-rail grant awards include $401,550 to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for the Cicero grade crossing enhancement project. The funds will be used for design engineering work to improve a Pink Line crossing at Cicero Avenue. The CTA will work with the Illinois Department of Transportation on the project.
In addition, Metra will receive a $600,000 grant for the 147th St. Station rehabilitation project in Harvey on the Metra Electric Line. The station entrance will be rebuilt at street level and an enclosed space will be developed for an elevator.
Meanwhile, one of the freight-related grants includes $150,000 for the city of Harvey to study a quiet zone along a CSX line from Robey Avenue to Park Avenue.