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Take a look at the photos along the path of the proposed Route 53 extension starting at Lake Cook Road north to Route 120 in Grayslake. After 50 years of debate over the future of a Route 53 north extension into Lake County, a make-or-break decision is in the works with a new proposal that hinges on balancing interests involving environmental protection, improved transportation and economic development. "This is our last best chance. We've gotten farther with this project than any of the other efforts," said Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor.

Afternoon commuter traffic is backed up on northbound Route 53 approaching the end of the expressway at Lake-Cook Road.
  Afternoon commuter traffic is backed up on northbound Route 53 approaching the end of the expressway at Lake-Cook Road.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Traffic builds on Route 53 at Lake Cook Road.
  Traffic builds on Route 53 at Lake Cook Road.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Traffic builds on Route 53 at Lake Cook Road.
  Traffic builds on Route 53 at Lake Cook Road.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Traffic builds on Route 53 at Lake Cook Road.
  Traffic builds on Route 53 at Lake Cook Road.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Traffic builds on Route 53 at Lake Cook Road.
  Traffic builds on Route 53 at Lake Cook Road.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
The Long Grove Mendards store on Lake Cook Road sits just west of the proposed Route 53 extension.
  The Long Grove Mendards store on Lake Cook Road sits just west of the proposed Route 53 extension.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A Federal Aid Primary sign sits along Route 53 near the intersection of Long Grove Road. The sign marks the proposed corridor for the Route 53 extension.
  A Federal Aid Primary sign sits along Route 53 near the intersection of Long Grove Road. The sign marks the proposed corridor for the Route 53 extension.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
An open area near Surrey Road in Long Grove is along the proposed Route 53 extension route.
  An open area near Surrey Road in Long Grove is along the proposed Route 53 extension route.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Surrey Road in Long Grove sits along the proposed Route 53 extension.
  Surrey Road in Long Grove sits along the proposed Route 53 extension.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Walkers enjoy a hike in Heron Creek Forest Preserve near Long Grove. The preserve sits just east of the proposed Route 53 extension.
  Walkers enjoy a hike in Heron Creek Forest Preserve near Long Grove. The preserve sits just east of the proposed Route 53 extension.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Vehicles travel along Route 22 in Kildeer near the property earmarked for the Route 53 extension. An interchanged is planned along Route 22.
  Vehicles travel along Route 22 in Kildeer near the property earmarked for the Route 53 extension. An interchanged is planned along Route 22.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Property along Old McHenry Road near Hawthorn Woods with the property set aside for the proposed Route 53 extension.
  Property along Old McHenry Road near Hawthorn Woods with the property set aside for the proposed Route 53 extension.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A state owned property sign sits near the proposed Route 53 extension site at Old McHenry Rd. and Hillcrest Drive near Hawthorn Woods.
  A state owned property sign sits near the proposed Route 53 extension site at Old McHenry Rd. and Hillcrest Drive near Hawthorn Woods.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A foot path sits on top of a berm separating home along Hathorn Grove Circle in Hawthorn Woods with the Route 53 extension row path, right.
  A foot path sits on top of a berm separating home along Hathorn Grove Circle in Hawthorn Woods with the Route 53 extension row path, right.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A home sits along the Route 53 extension row near Essex Court in Hawthorn Woods.
  A home sits along the Route 53 extension row near Essex Court in Hawthorn Woods.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Cars move along Midlothian Road south of Route 60 where a proposed intersection would be built with the Route 53 extension project.
  Cars move along Midlothian Road south of Route 60 where a proposed intersection would be built with the Route 53 extension project.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
The Route 53 extension row along Route 83 just south of Hawley Street near Mundelein.
  The Route 53 extension row along Route 83 just south of Hawley Street near Mundelein.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
The possible path of the extension cuts through the subdivision north of Routes 60/83 and south of Hawley Street in Mundelein.
  The possible path of the extension cuts through the subdivision north of Routes 60/83 and south of Hawley Street in Mundelein.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Route 53 extension path through Mundelein at N. Southport Rd. and Brighton Dr.
  Route 53 extension path through Mundelein at N. Southport Rd. and Brighton Dr.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A walker heads south on N. Southport Rd. over the Route 53 proposed path in Mundelein.
  A walker heads south on N. Southport Rd. over the Route 53 proposed path in Mundelein.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A possible Route 53 extension path cuts through a Mundelein subdivision just south of Hawley Street.
  A possible Route 53 extension path cuts through a Mundelein subdivision just south of Hawley Street.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
The path looking north of Hawley Street in Mundelein.
  The path looking north of Hawley Street in Mundelein.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
The Route 53 extension path currently crosses of Hawley Street near Southport Road in Mundelein.
  The Route 53 extension path currently crosses of Hawley Street near Southport Road in Mundelein.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Traffic moves along Route 176 in Mundelein near the Route 53 extension path.
  Traffic moves along Route 176 in Mundelein near the Route 53 extension path.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
The path looking north of Route 176 in Mundelein.
  The path looking north of Route 176 in Mundelein.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
The path looking north towards Winchsester Road in Mundelein.
  The path looking north towards Winchsester Road in Mundelein.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
The Route 53 extension row is just to the west of a Mundelein water tower along Winchester Road.
  The Route 53 extension row is just to the west of a Mundelein water tower along Winchester Road.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
The Route 53 extension proposed path passes near a FedEx facility between Mundelein and Grayslake.
  The Route 53 extension proposed path passes near a FedEx facility between Mundelein and Grayslake.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
The path would pass near the FedEx building near Route 83 in Grayslake.
  The path would pass near the FedEx building near Route 83 in Grayslake.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
A proposed path of the Route 53 extension sits just south of Village Station subdivision in Grayslake near Alleghany Road.
  A proposed path of the Route 53 extension sits just south of Village Station subdivision in Grayslake near Alleghany Road.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A proposed path of the Route 53 extension sits just south of Village Station subdivision in Grayslake near Alleghany Road.
  A proposed path of the Route 53 extension sits just south of Village Station subdivision in Grayslake near Alleghany Road.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A proposed path of the Route 53 extension sits just south of Village Station subdivision in Grayslake near Alleghany Road.
  A proposed path of the Route 53 extension sits just south of Village Station subdivision in Grayslake near Alleghany Road.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Walkers head down a path passing through a potential Route 53 extension route in Round Lake.
  Walkers head down a path passing through a potential Route 53 extension route in Round Lake.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A walking path heads north from Park School Campus in Round Lake and splits a possible path of the Route 53 extension.
  A walking path heads north from Park School Campus in Round Lake and splits a possible path of the Route 53 extension.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Homes in a Round Lake subdivision back up to a potential Route 53 extension path.
  Homes in a Round Lake subdivision back up to a potential Route 53 extension path.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
The Ziegler's Orchard near Grayslake is in a possible path of the Route 53 western bypass.
  The Ziegler's Orchard near Grayslake is in a possible path of the Route 53 western bypass.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Traffic moves along Route 120 between Wilson and Fairfield Roads. A possible Route 53 extension intersection could be planned for this stretch of road west of Hainesville.
  Traffic moves along Route 120 between Wilson and Fairfield Roads. A possible Route 53 extension intersection could be planned for this stretch of road west of Hainesville.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A possible Route 53 intersection with Route 120 could be built near Hainesville.
  A possible Route 53 intersection with Route 120 could be built near Hainesville.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
A Route 53 extension path could cross over Route 45 just south of Route 120 in Grayslake.
  A Route 53 extension path could cross over Route 45 just south of Route 120 in Grayslake.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
The Route 53 extension could meet up with Route 120 on the east side of Grayslake near the Almond Marsh.
  The Route 53 extension could meet up with Route 120 on the east side of Grayslake near the Almond Marsh.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Almond Marsh along Route 120 just east of Grayslake sits near the eastern Route 120 bypass path.
  Almond Marsh along Route 120 just east of Grayslake sits near the eastern Route 120 bypass path.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
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