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Tier 1 Public Hearing Announced

Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be Released for Public Comment

The Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation (IDOT and INDOT) are holding a public hearing.

The purpose of the hearing is to gain stakeholder input on the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).The Tier 1 Draft EIS is a compilation of the stakeholder outreach and evaluation results of three proposed corridors (A3S2, B3, and B4) and the "no-build" alternative carried forward for further studies. The alignment of these corridors has been developed considering IDOT and INDOT environmental investigations, engineering studies, and public input.

After extensive data analysis and evaluation, the Tier 1 Draft EIS will be available for public review and comment on July 13, 2012 on this website, local libraries located within the study area and DOT offices. A complete listing of these locations can be found on this site beginning July 13. Comments on the Tier 1 Draft EIS will be accepted through August 29, 2012.

Throughout the process, IDOT and INDOT have placed a high priority on extensive public involvement as an important aspect to guide the study. Significant modifications were made throughout the study that resulted from public involvement and other findings. Following these hearings, public comment and other study findings will be considered to develop the recommended Preferred Alternative. All three current alternatives can be found on the home page of this website where a detailed, interactive map shows the corridor locations.

The public hearings will be held at the following times and locations:

ILLINOIS

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Peotone High School
605 West North Street
Peotone, IL 60468

INDIANA

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lowell Middle School
19250 Cline Ave.
Lowell, IL 46356

The meetings will be an open house format, and interested persons may attend anytime between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. There will be a continuous PowerPoint presentation, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend to review the Tier 1 Draft EIS, the alternatives, Land Acquisition procedures, ask questions and share their views. Attendees are encouraged to provide verbal or written testimony to a court reporter that will be included as part of the public record and speak with IDOT, INDOT and study team representatives on a one-on-one basis. A public forum will be held at 6:00 p.m. each day.

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