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   Illinois Route 71 Study

The Illinois Department of Transportation welcomes you to the official website for the Illinois Route 71 Study in Kendall County. The Department has been working on preliminary engineering for Illinois Route 71 from 1000' west of the IL Route 47 intersection in Yorkville to 900' west of Orchard/Minkler Road in Oswego. This website contains a description of the project, general information regarding upcoming public information, and news updates as the project progresses. We encourage your feedback and participation in this project. If you would like to join the mailing list or to leave a comment, please contact the Department by emailing Duane Lukkari, P.E. for preliminary engineering study or Bradley Duncan, P.E. for Phase II (design).

The Illinois Department of Transportation began the Phase I portion of the Illinois Route 71 project in December 2009. The Study Team has collected survey, traffic, crash, pedestrian and bicycle data and used this information along with input from the public to identify needs for the project. Each project need was then addressed individually by the Study Team and then incorporated as needed into the design for the Preferred Alternative.

What's New?

The Illinois Department of Transportation, District 3 office, conducted a public hearing regarding the preliminary engineering study and Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed reconstruction of approximately 5.55 miles of Illinois Route 71 from 1000’ west of IL 47 in Yorkville to 900’ west of Orchard / Minkler Road in Oswego. The purpose of the hearing was to present proposed project information and potential impacts for public comment. The Public Hearing was held on September 4, 2013 from 4pm to 7pm at the Yorkville Public Library located in Yorkville, Illinois.

The proposed action includes IL 71 reconstruction to provide two lanes in each direction with a center median, generally following the existing alignment; replacing the structure at Morgan Creek; and intersection improvements with traffic signal installations. Environmental impacts include 0.084 acre of wetlands and 1,053 linear feet of stream, as well as conversion of agricultural lands to roadway use. Additional right-of-way and easements will be required throughout the project and one residence will be relocated. Right-of-Way acquisition and relocation assistance information will be available.

The public hearing was conducted in an open house format with no formal presentation. Exhibits, maps, plans, and the Environmental Assessment were available for public review. IDOT personnel were present to provide information, answer questions, and receive comments. 

The EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) determination are available for public inspection on the IDOT website and at the following location:

Illinois Department of Transportation                                                 
Region 2 / District 3                                                                           
700 East Norris Drive                                                                        
Ottawa, IL 61350                                                                              

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