What is this project?
The project is a study of the transportation network in Alton and
Godfrey bounded by the following area: Seiler Road on the north; Godfrey
Road (US Route 67/ IL Route 111) on the west; Homer Adams Parkway (IL
Route 3/IL Route 111) on the south (including the triangular area south
of Route 3/111 and bounded by US Route 67 and Alton Square Mall Drive);
and Seminary Road on the east.
Why is IDOT conducting this project?
The purpose of this project is to identify options that could improve
transportation mobility and safety in the area, and address the issue of
improved connectivity and continuity between IL Route 255 and the area
around IL Route 3 (Homer Adams Parkway) and US Route 67 (MLK Boulevard).
What is the history of this project?
IDOT conducted a Feasibility Study in 2011 to determine if the opening
of IL Route 255 would result in problems in traffic flow (i.e. traffic
increases) on the adjacent local road system. This was an internal
scoping study to determine if further study was warranted. The study
concluded that several transportation issues do exist and recommended
further study. In addition to the Feasibility Study, the Village of
Godfrey has adopted a land use plan that includes an extension of North
Alby Street from Humbert Road to IL Route 255. This plan can be found
How is this study different from the Feasibility Study?
The intent of the Feasibility Study was to determine if there are
transportation problems as a result of opening of IL Route 255 that
warrant further study. The intent of the current study is to further
define the transportation problems that exist within the study area and
investigate alternatives that address the issues while minimizing
environmental impacts to the study area. The current study includes the
highest level of public involvement available. The public is engaged
throughout the study in an information sharing process that helps ensure
that the attributes, values, and desires of the area are taken into
consideration as the study progresses.
How was it determined that funding should be spent on this project,
and how much will it cost?
The results of the feasibility study indicate that transportation issues
exist related to the opening of IL Route 255 that warrant further study.
Based on this, the state legislature determined that money should be
allocated to the study of this project and a budget of $10 million was
included in the Governor’s FY 2013-2018 Proposed Multi-Modal
Transportation Improvement Program for engineering. The engineering
includes preliminary engineering, the Location and Environmental Study
(Phase I), and Design Phase (Phase II) which includes the development of
construction plans. There is a $110 million budget included for
construction. The funding for this project will likely be a mix of
federal and state funds.
Since you have funding for the project, does that mean it’s going to
The exact nature of what, if anything, is to be built is not yet known.
More study still needs to be conducted to determine the range of
possible transportation alternatives. These alternatives will then be
reviewed by federal and state agencies and the public, and then
evaluated against a range of factors such as environmental impacts;
social and economic impacts; traffic and safety benefits; and cost. This
evaluation will help the study team determine an alternative that best
meets the objectives of the study while minimizing environmental, social
and economic impacts. One possible outcome of the study is the
recommendation that no new infrastructure be constructed due to
excessive impacts, cost, or both.
How long will this study last?
The Location and Environment Study includes preliminary engineering and
an environmental impact study and will last approximately 42 to 48
months. The design of contract plans for construction will last
approximately 12 to 18 months.
What is the purpose and process of this study?
The purpose of the study is to first determine the transportation needs
within the study area. These needs could involve: reducing congestion;
improving safety; providing better connectivity; planning for
anticipated future growth; or some combination of these. After the needs
are developed and understood, the study will then determine the
transportation alternative (or alternatives) that best meet the needs in
the most cost-effective manner.
What happens at the end of the study?
The Location and Environment Study will conclude upon the Federal
Highway Administration’s (FHWA) approval of the preferred alternative
and the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). If FHWA
is agreeable to the alternative(s) chosen and that all environmental
issues have been properly identified, and all impacts have been
quantified and documented, then the project can move forward to the
design phase, or Phase II.
When will construction begin?
The earliest that construction could begin is six to eight years
from now, provided that the results of the study show that
transportation improvements are needed in the study area.
Why do we need another road?
At this point in the study, IDOT doesn’t know if another road is
necessary. The results of the feasibility study and the work performed
thus far in this study support the fact that it is worthy of
consideration. It is possible that improvements to the existing road
network may address the project needs. In any case, the need for another
road, or improvements to the existing network, will have to take into
consideration the changes in travel patterns brought on by the
completion of IL Route 255 to US Route 67 in Godfrey. The connectivity
from this new highway to the existing road network (particularly the
north-south traffic flow) needs to be clearly understood so that IDOT
can plan to meet future needs as they develop.
What kind of road will this be?
If a new road is found to be needed, the type of road, whether it is
a two-lane local road or a five-lane major road, will be determined
further in the study. The road type will be based on traffic volume and
functionality. A road’s function is determined by two criteria: 1)
whether the road is intended to move vehicles more efficiently; or 2) to
provide better access to adjacent land uses. The project stakeholders
and the public will have input in determining what type of road would
best fit the context of the community at-large.
How many lanes will the road have?
How will this project affect or improve traffic congestion and
The type and location of an alternative determines the level of
improvement to traffic congestion and safety. Presently, the specific
improvements are not known.
How much property will IDOT purchase? Will it affect any homes or
The amount of Right-Of-Way (ROW) that might be needed for
transportation improvements has not yet been determined. This will be
better understood when alternatives are developed with input from the
public and measured against the existing residential and commercial land
uses in the study area. However, one goal of the project is to minimize
impacts to the residential and commercial land uses where possible.
What will be done to minimize environmental impacts?
As the study team begins to better understand the project needs and
to develop project alternatives, they will carefully develop
alternatives in consideration of all known environmental resources in
the study area. If it is possible to avoid an environmental resource,
such as a wetland or a historic property, while also meeting the stated
needs and objectives of the project, then the study team will do so. If
environmental impacts cannot be avoided, then the study team will
attempt to minimize the impact to the environmental resource where
Does the public get a chance to comment on the alternatives being
developed or which alternatives are selected for moving forward? If so,
The public will be given several opportunities to comment on the
alternatives developed by the study team and to provide their opinion on
what alternative(s) should be considered for further study. This will be
done through various means such as open house public meetings, the
project website, and written letters or emails to the IDOT study team.
Each comment will be included in a database of public comments and will
be reviewed and addressed accordingly.
How and where will this project tie into IL Route 255 and other roads
in the study area?
It is not yet known how and where this project will tie into IL
Route 255 or any of the other roads in the study area. The project team
will study the best location for these connections by evaluating each
alternative against a range of criteria including:
Ability to address traffic and safety needs
Potential to attract new development to the study
Level of environmental, social and economic impact
Who decided IDOT would do this project? Who got the
funding for this project?
IDOT initiated this project based on an understanding that the
opening of IL Route 255 and future commercial development would result
in problems in traffic flow (i.e. traffic increases) on the adjacent
local road system. Then IDOT went through standard protocol to request
that the study and construction be funded in the Governor’s FY 2013-2018
Proposed Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program.
If a new corridor is developed, what will become of the existing
Should a new road be built, decisions on how existing roadway systems
will be affected will be coordinated with local governments.
Will this project result in changes to how local businesses and
neighborhoods are accessed?
It is a possibility. However, if changes in access do occur, the changes
will be coordinated with those affected and will be the responsibility
of the project team to ensure that access is addressed in each instance.
Will existing roadways such as US Route 67, North Alby Street, and
Seminary Road be widened?
The widening of existing roadways is something that will be investigated
during the study. Many variables including cost, impacts, and system
continuity will be used to determine the final solution.
Who can I contact to provide my comments?
There are numerous ways to provide comments on the project:
Phone: 618-346-3157 (Karen Geldert, IDOT)
Additional opportunities to receive project information and provide
comments will include newsletters, small group meetings, and future
public informational meetings.
Is there a website to go to for more information?
Why did you have a Public Informational Meeting so early in the
This project is in the early stages of its development. It is important
to IDOT to receive public input on what are the community’s priorities
and what they perceive as problems as well as potential solutions to
The Location and Environmental Study (Phase I) undertakes a public
involvement effort to include the public’s input for project
considerations. IDOT has elected to utilize its
Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)
guidelines for this project. IDOT uses these guidelines to work with
stakeholders to develop transportation solutions that fit into the
project’s surroundings or its “context”. Based on what community members
from Alton and Godfrey have already communicated to IDOT, context on
this project includes issues such as traffic congestion from home to
work, suburban sprawl, preservation of scenic landscapes and historic
neighborhoods, and the ability to use the transportation system to walk,
bike, and access public transit are high priorities in terms of what
people expect from transportation policy.
Will there be other public meetings?
Yes, there will be other public informational meetings, small group
meetings, and stakeholder meetings. IDOT plans to keep the public
informed throughout the project and to provide multiple opportunities to
provide input. When a draft of the Environmental Impact Statement is
ready for public viewing, a Public Hearing will be held to present the
findings of the study and the preferred alternative.
What will happen to my property values?
Property values are affected by a number of market factors. In general,
an improved roadway facility can have a positive impact on property,
however, it is impossible at this phase of the project for anyone to
predict the impact to a specific property.
Contact: Mike Myler – Land Acquisition Manager
What will happen to my property taxes?
Property taxes are assessed by the County Assessor’s office. IDOT does
not control or have any influence on property taxes.
When will IDOT begin acquiring right of way?
Assuming the outcome of the study is to construct a transportation
improvement, the earliest that right of way acquisitions could begin is
approximately five years from now. Mike Myler at IDOT may be contacted
for property questions.
Will IDOT be using Eminent Domain to take property?
Even though alternatives for this improvement have not yet been
identified, it is probable that right of way could be required for this
project. If right of way is required, IDOT will appraise the required
parcels and try to negotiate a settlement with property owners. If an
agreement cannot be reached with property owners, IDOT has the authority
to use eminent domain for public projects. Eminent domain is a process
which allows IDOT to acquire the needed property for the improvement and
the court system ensures that property owners receive fair compensation
for their property. Mike Myler at IDOT may be contacted for property
I’ve seen surveyors in the study area. What are they doing?
Periodically throughout this project, there will be field personnel out
studying varied environmental resources in support of preparing the
Environmental Impact Statement. This could include research of wetlands,
streams, habitats of threatened and endangered species of plants or
animals, cultural resources (i.e. archeological sites, historic
properties), bridges and culverts, road pavements, and traffic.
Personnel may use wood stakes to mark an area for field study. The field
personnel will attempt to communicate with private property owners the
fact that surveys are being performed. Field personnel will ring the
door bell of private properties that they need to enter to complete
surveys. This letter will be hand-delivered
to property owners or left attached to the front door if not answered
before entrance onto private property.