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 a preliminary engineering study of Illinois Route 71 from
1000' west of the IL Route 47 intersection in Yorkville to 900' west of Orchard/Minkler Road in Oswego. The purpose of the project study is to determine needed improvements for the roadway. 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 study. If you would like to join the mailing list or to leave a comment, please contact the Department by emailing
Duane Lukkari, PE.
The Illinois Department of Transportation began the Phase I portion of
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
The Illinois Department of Transportation, District 3 office, will conduct 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 is to present proposed project information and potential impacts for public comment.
The Public Hearing will be 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 will be conducted in an open house format with no formal presentation. Exhibits, maps, plans, and the Environmental Assessment will be available for public review. IDOT personnel will be present to provide information, answer questions, and receive comments. All interested persons are invited to attend and participate.
Comments regarding the Environmental Assessment shall be submitted in writing no later than September 18, 2013 to either of the addresses listed below. The EA is available for public inspection on the IDOT website
http://www.dot.il.gov/desenv/env.html and at the following locations:
Illinois Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
Region 2 / District 3 Illinois Division
700 East Norris Drive 3250 Executive Park Drive
Ottawa, IL 61350
Springfield, IL 62703
Persons with a disability planning to attend this meeting should contact Duane Lukkari by August 28, 2013 to advise of planned attendance. The contact may be by telephone (815) 434-8565, in writing to the above IDOT District 3 address, by fax (815) 434-8553 or by telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY 800-526-0844, voice users 800-526-0857). If special accommodations are needed, the contact person should be informed at the time of contact. The meeting room is accessible to persons with a disability.