Frequently Asked Questions
What is Context Sensitive
Context Sensitive Solutions is an interdisciplinary approach
to projects that seeks effective, multi-modal transportation
solutions by working with stakeholders to develop, build and
maintain cost effective transportation facilities which fit
into the project's surroundings - its "context". While this
definition may seem complicated, the most important facet to
the public should be that IDOT will be trying to work with
the community as a whole to develop a solution for the US
Route 136 Realignment Study. For more information on IDOT's
Context Sensitive Solutions guidelines, please visit the
IDOT website for CSS at: http://www.dot.il.gov/css/home.html.
IDOT's goal for the US Route 136 Realignment Study project
is to increase safety and mobility for the traveling public,
while seeking to preserve and enhance the scenic, economic,
historic, and environmental resources along the corridor for
the local community. To gain the community's input, IDOT
will form a Community Advisory Group (CAG). The CAG is made
up from representatives of the Project Stakeholders and
provides input on the project's potential solutions.
What is a stakeholder?
Community stakeholders are individuals or
organizations/groups with a stake, an interest, or an
investment in a community issue or outcome. Their interest
may stem from a professional or personal interest in an
issue or may result from a commitment to achieve some
outcome. A first step in achieving meaningful public
involvement in project development involves identifying the
individuals and organizations/groups likely to be affected
by the project, those who have a "stake" in its outcome. For
the US Route 136 Realignment Study, stakeholders will
include members from the local community, businesses, local
officials, transportation service providers and others who
will serve to represent the community's ideas, concerns and
values and will advise IDOT throughout the planning study.
Stakeholders are people likely to support the project as
well as those likely to oppose it. The views and feedback of
stakeholders are important to receive and consider during a
project to ensure a comprehensive solution is developed.
Who is the US Route 136
Realignment Advisory Group and what do they do?
The CAG formed for the US Route 136 Realignment Study
project includes representatives from business groups,
residents, churches, the municipalities, and other civic
organizations with an interest the project. The CAG meets
with the Project Study Group during the project development
process to provide input on the issues that are important to
the community and assist the Project Study Group in
identifying, developing and evaluating alternative
solutions, and then selecting a preferred alternative.
How can I get involved?
There are two public meetings and one public hearing planned
for the US Route 136 Realignment Study. The first public
meeting was held on August 24, 2011. The purpose of the
first meeting is to introduce the project to the community
and seek members for the Advisory Group. The second public
meeting will be held in February 2013 to review reasonable
alternatives to be studied in detail, and a public hearing
will be held in Summer 2013 to present an overview of the
study and the preferred alternative. Project information
will be displayed at these meetings, Project Study Group
representatives will be available to answer questions and
discuss project details, and comment forms will be available
to submit comments. You can also submit comments via
electronic comment form provided in this website in
What is the scope of this
IDOT’s scope for this project to improve US Route 136 is to
evaluate the safety and environmental impacts of the roadway
from the Mississippi River to Main Street in Hamilton,
Illinois. This study will determine the best alternative for
raising the grade and existing structures to prevent
flooding and increase safety for all roadway users
throughout the study corridor. Since improvements to this
roadway facility will affect the community, public input is
What is the project
IDOT plans, designs, and constructs projects in three
phases. Phase I is the preliminary design and environmental
study of the project, Phase II is the preparation of the
final design and construction bid documents, and Phase III
is the actual construction of the project. The project
team's goal is to complete Phase I in 24 months. The Phase I
process started in 2011 and is anticipated to be completed
by 2013 when the Phase I Study is anticipated to receive
Design Approval by the FHWA. Phase II will start after
receiving the Design Approval and require approximately 24
months and Phase III implementation will require
approximately 24 to 30 months.
When will construction
This project does not have construction funds in IDOT's
multi-year (2012-2017) program. The tentative letting
schedule, pending funding, is scheduled for November, 2017.
Is this project funded?
Phase I (preliminary design and environmental study) and
Phase II (final design and construction bid documents) are
funded. However, the project does not have funding for
construction in IDOT"s multi-year (2012-2017) program.
How can I keep informed on
the study’s progress?
The best way to keep updated is to check this web site. The
web site will evolve and updates will become more frequent
as the project moves forward. You may submit an electronic
comment form ("comment" field optional) in the Involvement