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Romeoville, Lewis want to 'beautify' Route 53 near the school

Design firm contracted to overhaul corridor

The village of Romeoville and Lewis University have reached an agreement to add landscaping on the Route 53 corridor near the school in an effort to enhance the look and feel of one entrance to the village.
The village of Romeoville and Lewis University have reached an agreement to add landscaping on the Route 53 corridor near the school in an effort to enhance the look and feel of one entrance to the village.

The village of Romeoville and Lewis University are partnering on another project.

The two entities agreed to enhance the look and feel of a section of Route 53 that runs along the school campus. The section of the road will soon be known as Flyer’s Corridor, according to a news release from Romeoville.

Hitchcock Design Group was contracted to submit a schematic design proposal that outlines the entire Flyer’s Corridor Beautification and Branding project. The village described it as the first step in a grand plan to beautify the roadway.

“For many visitors coming from the east, this section of Route 53 is their first impression of Romeoville,” Romeoville Mayor John Noak said in the news release. “We’d like to make the best first impression possible. We’re thrilled that Lewis University shares in our vision and will be partnering with us to make it a reality.”

The plan includes landscaped medians, decorative walls and decorative streetlights with banners. ComEd will bury the overhead electrical lines form Airport Road to the Fitzpatrick House.

The changes still are years away from realization.

Just behind the tree line along Route 53 opposite the Lewis entrance is an industrial yard. According to an initial rendering from the village, there would be a variety of landscaping touches on that side of the road.

Over the past several years, Route 53 has been spruced up with landscaped medians. A section near Hampton Park south of Romeoville High School has trees and various flowers that weren’t there five years ago.

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