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Project Overview

Scope of the project

Illinois Route 3 will be improved from Vandebrook Drive to North Market Street. Exactly what the improvements will entail will be determined during the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process and the Phase I study.

The concept of context sensitive solutions (CSS) has been evolving in the transportation industry since the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 required transportation agencies to address project stakeholders and consider the possible effects of transportation projects on the environment. It has since evolved into a policy in Illinois that provides 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 - it's context. A stakeholder is someone who could be affected by the project and has a "stake" in the success or failure of the project. A Citizen Advisory Group, or CAG, will be formed for the project. The CAG is a group of stakeholders that provide input and response to ideas and focus the views, concerns, and values of the communities.

Crash History

A total of 348 crashes have occurred in the project area between 2003 and 2009 resulting in 92 crashes involving injuries. The majority of crashes are rear end, turning, and angle crashes occurring at the intersections. This may be attributed to a number of causes such as congestion, turn lanes that are too short, or the need for additional turn lanes among other things. A crash analysis will be performed as part of this project to determine what, if any, improvements can be made to reduce the potential of future crashes.

Project Development Process

Phase I is the preliminary engineering phase. During this phase, data collection, engineering and environmental analyses will be performed on the alternatives developed in order to select a preferred alternate. A project report is developed that documents this process. The land acquisition process will begin toward the end of this phase. This phase will take approximately 24 months.

Phase II is where plans, specifications, and estimates will be prepared so that the project can be placed on a letting for construction by a contractor. The plans will be prepared in accordance with the approved Phase I project report. Negotiation with property owners for the purchase of any needed right of way and easements will occur during this phase. This phase will take approximately 24 months.

Phase III is the actual construction of the project using the plans developed in Phase II. This phase will take approximately 24 to 36 months, depending on the type of improvement being constructed.

Funding Status

All engineering and construction is funded and included in the Department's FY 2012-2017 Highway Improvement Program.

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