This in my e-mail from Active Trans:
Does anyone know why Clybourn is a state-protected route? Are there other like-protected routes in the city (Elston, Lincoln?) Am curious why the state is involved in what appears to be a municipal matter.
I ask the above because my understanding is that getting protected lanes is not as simple as lobbying the city. It seems there are other interested-parties that need to be aware or even authorize. I would like to start working on getting Elston established from Damen to Milwaukee the same way. We are almost there, but not quite. Maybe even get Damen done from say Lawrence down to Milwaukee.
States and the federal government have an interest in building and maintaining long-distance road networks. They provide funding for the maintenance and improvement of these roads but also dictate the roadway design. Why is Clybourn state owned? Probably for historical reasons that are no longer relevant. Chicago could take jurisdiction of Clybourn if IDOT felt this route was now unimportant to its interests, but this could lead to a loss of funding. So, its all a money issue. There are many, many state-owned roads in Chicago.
Also, lol @ continuing to fuck up Elston while ignoring the genuine stress point at NB Elston and Ashland. Keep PBL shit out of the northwest side.