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On June 30, the Illinois General Assembly approved a “stopgap” budget for fiscal year 2017. Among other things, the budget allows funding for social services, education and “agencies” and this will allow work to continue on the Emerson-Ridge-Green Bay and the Dodge Avenue protected bike lane projects.
Lara Biggs, City engineer and Capital Planning & Engineering Bureau Chief sent a message to the City Manager on the evening of June 30 that said, “The City has received authorization from the Illinois Department of Transportation to resume work on our IDOT-managed projects as early as tomorrow (Friday, July 1). However, on both the Dodge Avenue Bike Lane Improvements and Emerson/Ridge/Green Bay Road Intersection Improvements, we have directed the contractors that they may start work again on Tuesday, July 5, in order to minimize any disruption for the holiday weekend.”