Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways

FY2018 Call for Projects

The application period for the 2018 Invest in Cook program closed as of 5:00 p.m. CST on March 16, 2018.

Applications received will be evaluated by Department staff and grant awards will be announced following the July 25, 2018 meeting of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

Invest in Cook

Invest in Cook is an $8.5 million program that covers the cost of planning and feasibility studies, engineering, right-of-way acquisition, and construction associated with transportation improvements sponsored by local and regional governments and private partners. This program is designed to solicit applications for improvements consistent with the five priorities of Connecting Cook County, the County’s first long range transportation plan in 75 years:

  • Prioritize Transit and Other Transportation Alternatives
  • Support the Region’s Role as North America’s Freight Capital
  • Promote Equal Access to Opportunities
  • Maintain and Modernize What Already Exists
  • Increase Investments in Transportation   

Invest in Cook ensures that limited resources are spent wisely by identifying the universe of transportation proposals and prioritizing them using objective and transparent selection criteria. Just as important, it strengthens the partnerships and strategic matching of funding from various sources to expedite the completion of projects vital to a stronger economy and more livable communities.

The Program Description (click here) provides more information about eligible applicants and projects and the process used to evaluate proposed projects.

Please contact Tim Egan at 312-603-1534 or for more information.

2017 Invest in Cook Grant Awards

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (DoTH) selected 30 projects as part of Cook County’s inaugural Invest in Cook grant program. The selected projects include transit improvements, cycling and pedestrian enhancements, traditional roadway repair and freight enhancements.

The County’s investment of $7.2 million leveraged an additional $7.6 million in federal, state and local funds. The commitment of County transportation resources will enable $14.8 million in project activity across all phases to get underway in the coming year.

2017 Invest in Cook Grant Awards