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I-55 Managed Lane Project Public Hearing Scheduled for Dec. 7, 2016

In accordance with Section 15(h) of the Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation Act, the Illinois Department of Transportation invites you to a public hearing to learn more about its plans to explore the use of public-private partnerships as a way to design, build, finance, operate and/or maintain the I-55 Corridor from I-355 to I-90/94 in DuPage and Cook counties.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn Countryside Conference Center
6201 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL 60525

To learn more, click here.

 

Industry Forum September 20 and 21, 2016

The Illinois Department of Transportation has issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) to assist in developing a plan to leverage private investment to build the Interstate 55 managed lanes project. By continuing to pursue the project as a public-private partnership (P3), IDOT is committed to exploring innovative financing solutions to invest in the state’s infrastructure, create jobs and grow the economy.


IDOT will hold an industry forum for the Project on September 20 and 21, 2016 in Chicago. The industry forum will provide interested stakeholders with an opportunity to learn more about the I-55 Managed Lane Project and meet the project team. In addition, respondents to the RFI may request an in-person, one-on-one meeting with IDOT to discuss the issues raised in the RFI and its RFI response. Only respondents to this RFI will be considered for one-on-one meetings.

To learn more and register to attend the industry forum, visit https://www.regonline.com/I55IndustryForum.

To view the press release about the forum, click here.

 

I-55 Managed Lane Project receives environmental approval

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has determined that the Illinois Department of Transportation’s proposed I-55 Managed Lane Project will have no significant impact on the human environment. The FHWA issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) based on the Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for the study. A FONSI is a brief document that concludes the process and documents the decision as to why an action will not have a significant impact on the environment.


The EA studied the addition of managed lanes in each direction in the existing I-55 median between I-355 and I-90/94. The proposed managed lanes would improve mobility and operational efficiency by offering a reliable travel time option in the increasingly congested corridor.


The EA was conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) that requires that environmental impacts be fully considered for any project using federal funding. The NEPA process requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision-making process by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to these actions.
IDOT assessed the natural, built, and human environment to determine the extent of impacts that may arise from constructing and operating the project. Environmental factors such as air quality, wildlife, vegetation, water quality, wetlands, geology, neighborhoods, park/recreation areas, utilities, visual quality, and cultural resources were assessed.


The FONSI represents FHWA’s acceptance and approval of the I-55 Managed Lane Project. The complete FONSI letter may be viewed here. The EA document may be viewed here.

Noise Wall Vote Complete

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has completed the voting process among property owners and occupants identified as benefited receptors regarding proposed noise mitigation along the I-55 Managed Lane Project corridor. Thirteen noise walls totaling over 11 miles in length with 1,776 benefited receptors were found to be feasible, cost reasonable, and achieved the IDOT noise reduction design goal. Following an initial ballot, three barriers (B5, B20 and B21) did not receive the desired 33 percent response rate, and a second ballot was mailed to the benefited receptors for these locations. The final date for receiving responses was on July 8, 2016.


As established by Federal Highway Administration regulations, property owners and/or tenants identified as benefitted receptors are able to vote for or against noise walls in their area. In order for a person to be eligible to vote, the noise wall must decrease the noise level at the property by at least 5 decibels, which is a readily perceptible change in noise (typically homes within 300 feet of a noise wall). Anything less than 5 decibels is barely detectible by the human ear, therefore a noise wall would not provide any perceptible benefit.


If more than 50% of the votes received are in favor of a wall, the wall is likely to be implemented with the proposed project.

Voting is now complete with the results as follows:

Noise Wall 

Voting % 

Results 

Likely to be Implemented

B1

97%

In Favor 

Yes 

B3

97%

In Favor  

Yes 

B4

92% 

In Favor 

Yes 

B5

100% 

In Favor 

Yes 

B6

95% 

In Favor 

Yes 

B7

93% 

In Favor 

Yes 

B8

93% 

In Favor 

Yes

B9

93%

Opposed 

No 

B14/16

100% 

In Favor 

Yes 

B18

85% 

In Favor 

Yes 

B19

80% 

In Favor 

Yes 

B20

83% 

In Favor 

Yes 

B21

58% 

In Favor 

Yes

To learn more about the noise walls on the I-55 Manages Lanes project, click here to view slides from a recent presentation.Please click here to view an exhibit identifying benefited receptors and potential noise wall locations.  Areas shaded in blue indicate benefited receptors.

Ald. Patrick Thompson To Host Community Meeting On Proposed I-55 Noise Wall

Noise Wall Solicitation Mailed

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has distributed an important mailing to property owners and occupants identified as benefited receptors* along the I-55 Managed Lane Project corridor. This packet includes instructions regarding the voting process for potential noise walls along with a vote form and a stamped return envelope. Residents and property owners who are identified as benefitted receptors are eligible to vote for or against noise walls in their area.

As established by Federal Highway Administration regulations, property owners identified as benefitted receptors are able to vote for or against noise walls in their area.  The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has distributed viewpoint solicitation letters to property owners and occupants identified as benefited receptors along the I-55 Managed Lane Project study area. This packet includes a letter regarding the voting process for potential noise walls along with a voting form, and a self-addressed stamped envelope.  Benefited receptors may vote in favor of or against the wall in their area.  In order for a person to be eligible to vote, the noise wall must decrease the noise level at the property by at least 5 decibels, which is a readily perceptible change in noise (typically homes within 300 feet of a noise wall).  In order for the votes to count, benefitted receptors are required to complete and return the official noise wall voting ballot by June 2, 2016.  Important: Any previously submitted comment cards do not count as a vote.

If more than 50% of the votes received are in favor of a wall, a wall will likely be included in the project. A response rate of at least 33% of eligible voters is desired. If the response rate from the initial ballot mailing is less than 33%, a second ballot will be mailed.

Please click here to view an exhibit identifying benefited receptors and potential noise wall locations.  Areas shaded in blue indicate benefited receptors.

To learn more about the noise walls on the I-55 Managed Lanes project, click here to view slides from a recent presentation.

I-55 Managed Lane Project Public Hearing

The Illinois Department of Transportation Department cordially invites you to attend a public hearing concerning the proposed improvement of I-55 from I-355 to I-90/94 in DuPage and Cook Counties. The scope of work for this improvement consists of the addition of managed lanes in each direction within the existing median of I-55, drainage improvements, and noise walls. The existing travel lanes along I-55 will remain free, but the new managed lanes are proposed to be tolled as Express Toll Lanes.

The details of the meeting are as follows:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Inn
6201 Joliet Road
Countryside, IL 60525

Purpose of the meeting:

• To present the Environmental Assessment (EA)
• To present the Recommended Preferred Alternative
• To obtain public input

Exhibits will be on display and an audio-visual presentation will be shown continuously during the hearing. Project team members will be present to discuss the project and answer questions. A Public Forum will begin at 6:00 p.m., where the public will be invited to make a statement to a court reporter. Written comments can be submitted at the hearing, mailed after the hearing, or submitted to the project website at www.i55managedlaneproject.org.

The Environmental Assessment (EA) is available for public review and comment on Monday, May 2, 2016 on the project website, at local libraries located within the study area, and the Department’s District One office in Schaumburg.

The EA may be viewed at the following local libraries:

Woodrige
3 Plaza Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517

Indian Prairie
401 Plainfield Drive
Dairen, IL 60561

Hodgkins
6500 Wenz Ave
Hodgkins, IL 60525

Summit Branch
6233 S. Archer Rd.
Summit, IL 60501

Archer Heights Branch
5055 S. Archer Ave.
Chicago, IL 60632

McKinley Park
1915 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60609



 

 


C
omments received by Wednesday, June 1, 2016 will become part of the official record.

This meeting will be accessible to people with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance should contact John Baldauf, P.E. at (847) 705-4103. Persons planning to attend who will need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the Department’s TTY/TTD number (800) 526-0844/or 711; TTY users (Spanish) (800) 501-0864/or 711; and Telebraille (877) 526-6670 at least five (5) days prior to the meeting.

All correspondence regarding this project should be sent to:

Illinois Department of Transportation
201 W. Center Court
Schaumburg, IL 60196-1096

Environmental Assessment (EA) released for comment

The I-55 Managed Lane EA is available for review and comment. Click here to view the document. Copies are also available for review at IDOT District 1, 201 West Center Court, Schaumburg and at the following libraries:

Woodrige
3 Plaza Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517 

Indian Prairie
401 Plainfield Drive
Dairen, IL 60561

Hodgkins
6500 Wenz Ave
Hodgkins, IL 60525

Summit Branch
6233 S. Archer Rd.
Summit, IL 60501

Archer Heights Branch
5055 S. Archer Ave.       
Chicago, IL 60632

McKinley Park
1915 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60609

 

 

 

 


Comments received by Wednesday, June 1, 2016 will become part of the official record.

What to Know About the I-55 Noise Wall Process

Where are we now?
In February 2016, IDOT completed a draft traffic noise analysis for the project. The draft analysis concluded that certain areas along the expressway could benefit from a noise wall. A map depicting potential noise wall locations and properties which would benefit can be found in the Document Library. To view these maps titled "Noise Barriers and Benefitted Receptors - Revised" please click here.

In spring 2016, IDOT will host informational forums for property owners and occupants to review the results of the noise analysis and provide an overview of IDOT’s voting policy. The voting process regarding potential noise walls is anticipated to be conducted after the noise forums in spring 2016.

How does the noise wall voting process work?
As established by Federal Highway Administration regulations, property owners are able to vote for or against noise walls in their area. In order for a person to be eligible to vote, the noise wall must decrease the noise level at the property by at least 5 decibels, which is a readily perceptible change in noise (typically homes within 300 feet of a noise wall). Anything less than 5 decibels is barely detectible by the human ear, therefore a noise wall would not provide any perceptible benefit.

If more than 50% of the votes received are in favor of a wall, a wall will likely be included in the project. A response rate of at least 33% of eligible voters is desired. If the response rate from the initial ballot mailing is less than 33%, a second ballot will be mailed for residents in those areas only to the residents and property owners who did not vote in the first round.

Voters who are in the “first row” of receptors (who share a property line with the highway) will be counted and weighed as two votes. All others will be single votes. For rental properties, each occupant will count as one vote and the owner counts as one vote per unit. A final decision on the installation of abatement measures will be made upon completion of the project’s final design and the public involvement process.

Who pays for the noise walls to be constructed?
If the benefitted receptors* vote in favor of a noise wall, the standard construction cost will be borne by IDOT as part of the overall I-55 project. Non-standard features, or enhanced aesthetics, will be subject to municipal cost participation. Individual property owners would not be asked to pay for a noise wall.

*Benefitted receptors are residents and property owners who benefit from a noise wall.

Who pays for maintenance?
IDOT will be responsible for maintaining the structural integrity of the wall, and the appearance of the “expressway” side of the wall (i.e., graffiti removal). Each local municipality would be asked to maintain the appearance of the “community” side of the wall, in addition to any non-standard or enhanced features.