Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Gas Guzzler

Gas, Bloating, Heartburn The Route 53 Extension must be a lot like sex. Everyone wants it for free. Haha, the Route 53 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council is kicking around some new ideas to fund the brick-and-mortar superhighway. The most promising are being leaked to the public to gauge their reaction.

The Daily Herald reports that ...
Congestion pricing, increasing the toll at the Waukegan plaza and/or adding tolls at Route 132 and tolling at the Illinois border will remain in play, as will establishing a 4-cent per gallon gas tax in Lake County.
How the Route 53/120 extension could be funded
One arguable Council member told your LakeCountyEye that the feedback has been positive: "What's an extra 4 or 8 or 12 cents per gallon? It's not like you won't be able to take the Route 53 Extension to Cook County or McHenry County or even up to Wisconsin. Where the gas will be a lot cheaper."

Pull it out of park. That's all your LakeCountyEye has.


Unknown said...

How about not extending? If the money isn't there, property taxes, which should be used to fund public education, should not be considered to bridge the funding gap. It is documented this extension will not improve traffic congestion; it will aggravate it. The purpose of this extension is based on private corporate interests. Let billionaires fund their own road without taking educational programs away from children.

Barney Baxter said...

hi Gerri,

You or anyone can send the Route 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council an email: