IDOT knows that any transportation project will impact people in many
different ways - many will benefit while some may be adversely affected. For
that reason, an important component of the Gateway Connector Corridor Protection
Study was a comprehensive, responsive public involvement program.
Throughout the study, the team held over 60 meetings with community leaders,
legislators, state and federal resource agencies, property owners, residents,
and special interest groups. Along with public meetings in July and November
2003 and May 2004, these meetings helped the study team learn about the concerns
of area citizens while providing important details about the study.
All public comments were reviewed as part of the public involvement process.
Reasonable suggestions or recommendations that addressed the study’s purpose and
need for a new corridor, or revealed significant issues or impacts, were
incorporated into the team’s analysis and decision-making.
The public involvement process is not a vote - “for” and “against” comments
are not counted up and “winner” declared as a result. Instead, the process is
designed to help IDOT understand the views and concerns of everyone interested
in the study and address those concerns in the best manner possible.
Although the Corridor Protection Study has been completed, your comments and
feedback are still important to IDOT. Additional public involvement activities
will take place in the Location and Environmental Study (Phase I). To register
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