Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is the lead agency for this project?
This project is being led by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
- What does this project entail?
IDOT is performing an engineering study and environmental analysis in order to enhance pavement life and safety over 5.7 miles of US 20 from west of Randall Road to east of Shales Parkway in Elgin. This project will entail roadway and Bridge rehabilitation.
- How long will this project last?
The Phase I study is scheduled for completion in 2015.
- What does Phase I, Phase II and Phase III mean?
Any transportation project involving the potential use of Federal funds must follow a project development process consisting of three phases. Phase I, or preliminary engineering, defines transportation needs, identifies and evaluates alternatives and selects a preferred alternative. This process is accomplished through extensive stakeholder involvement and technical analysis. Phase II engineering consists of the preparation of detailed contract plans and specifications along with right-of-way acquisition. Phase III is the physical construction of the project.
- What is IDOT doing to keep the public informed?
IDOT has created a Stakeholder Involvement Plan which will provide a framework for stakeholder involvement, identify roles and responsibilities of stakeholders and working groups and establish the schedule for stakeholder activities, such as public meetings. A Community Advisory Group (CAG) is also being established. The CAG consists of a group of volunteer stakeholders that work together to provide insight into issues and concerns and identify potential alternative solutions.
- What is Context Sensitive Solutions?
Context Sensitive Solutions, or CSS, is an interdisciplinary approach to making decisions. It engages all stakeholders in a collaborative process to develop, construct and maintain cost-effective transportation facilities.
- Is the McLean Interchange part of this project?
No. But more information can be found at that project’s website.