The St Johns MTIP Project will construct elements of adopted plans, the St Johns Truck Strategy and the St Johns/Lombard Plan. The St Johns Truck Strategy, adopted by City Council in 2001, identifies a package of street improvement projects with the primary goal of improving freight mobility on the designated freight route connecting the St Johns Bridge to the Rivergate Industrial Area, while at the same time discouraging freight traffic on non-desingated freight routes that impact the livability and function of the St Johns Town Center. The St Johns MTIP Project will design and construct two projects from the strategy, improvements to the Lombard/ St Louis/ Ivanhoe intersection and the Philadelphia/ Ivanhoe intersection. The main element of these projects are upgrading the signal system to operate more more efficiently. The other main element are changes to the turn radii at several corners.
The St Johns/Lombard Plan was adopted City Council in 2004 with the primary goal of supporting business revitalization of the St Johns Town commercial core and the Lombard main street and overall livability of the area. A major transportation issue identified in that plan is pedestrian crossing safety, particularly across N Ivanhoe as it serves as the Hwy US 30 Bypass connection to the St Johns Bridge. To address this, the two elements to be constructed from this plan by the MTIP Project include a new traffic signal at the intersection Richmond and Ivanhoe and curb extensions at locations to be determined along Ivanhoe.
For more information, please see "Policy Background Document".