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Frequently Asked Questions

Did You Know?

  • This project involves 4.3 miles of Illinois Route 3 roadway.

  • The northern limit of the project is North Market Street.

  • The southern limit of the project is Vandebrook Drive.

  • There are 21 side entrances, from driveways to intersections, that will be addressed in the project.

  • Surveying will be performed to ensure that any modifications to the roadway, side entrances, ditches, etc., are accurate.

  • The population of Waterloo has grown from 7,600 in 2000 to 9,800 in 2008. That's a 29 percent increase!

  • The Illinois Jobs Now! plan is expected to create and retain more than 439,000 jobs between now and 2015.

How many lanes will be added?

  • The exact number of lanes to be added, if any, will be determined by the results of the engineering analysis of the alternates developed and concurrence by the stakeholders.

Will traffic signals be added where they don't currently exist?

  • Each intersection will be analyzed for the need for traffic signals.

When will IDOT purchase right-of-way or easements?

  • Right-of-way and easements, if required, will be purchased during Phase II, beginning after design approval, which is anticipated in Spring of 2012.

Where can I get more information about the project?

How can I find out about future public involvement activities?

  • Click Here to get on the project mailing list and receive the newsletter

  • Visit the project website often for notices

  • Watch local newspapers for announcements

Who is the Community Advisory Group (CAG) for the Illinois Route 3 project and what do they do?

  • The CAG formed for the Illinois Route 3 project includes representatives from business focused groups, residents, the City or Waterloo, Monroe County, and other civic organizations with an interest in the Illinois Route 3 project. The CAG meets during the project development process to help the Project Study Group (PSG) by providing input on the issues that are important to the community and assisting the Project Study Group in developing alternatives. As of October 27, 2010 the Illinois Route 3 CAG had met two times. The CAG developed a problem statement to define the transportation problem on Illinois Route 3 in Waterloo, identified important features within the community to be preserved, recommended roadway sections for the Project Study Group to use to develop alternatives, and provided input on the alternatives. The CAG will continue to assist the Project Study Group with the development of alternatives to be presented to the public.

  • For more information about the Community Advisory Group please Click Here

What is a problem statement and what is the problem statement for the Illinois Route 3 project?

  • A problem statement is a concise narrative, prepared at the start of a project to define the problem to be solved. The problem statement developed by the Community Advisory Group (CAG) for the Illinois Route 3 project is as follows:

    “The transportation problem along IL Route 3 between Vandebrook Drive and North Market Street in Waterloo is poor intersection performance and traffic congestion throughout the corridor resulting in traffic delays and safety concerns for the users of the corridor.”


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