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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 6, 2012

Contact:
Brian Williamsen 309-671-4854
Maureen Addis 309-671-3491

IL 336 Corridor Protection Public Hearings
(IL 336 from I-474 near Peoria to IL 9 west of Canton)

PEORIA – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold two identical public hearings for the planned construction of Illinois Route 336 from Interstate 474 near Peoria to Illinois Route 9 west of Canton, a distance of approximately 30 miles.

WHO: Illinois Department of Transportation

WHAT: IL 336 Corridor Protection Public Hearings

WHEN/ WHERE:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
ITOO Society Hall
4909 W. Farmington Road
Peoria, IL

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Donaldson Center
250 South Avenue D
Canton, IL

In 2011, IDOT completed the study of IL 336, the Peoria to Macomb Highway. The Federal Highway Administration signed the Record of Decision on June 6, 2011, thus ending the study phase of the project.

The Department has identified the rights-of-way needed to build IL 336 from Peoria to Macomb. The project has entered the design phase, but construction of the project is not currently funded. To ensure the right-of-way is available for the future construction, IDOT has initiated the Corridor Protection process along the right-of-way from Peoria to the west side of Canton.

Corridor Protection is a legal process (Illinois Highway Code 605 ILCS 5/4-510) designed to establish the approximate locations and widths of the rights-of-way for future additions to the State Highway System, to inform the public and to prevent costly and conflicting development of the land involved.

Once a corridor is established, IDOT performs a survey and prepares a map showing the corridor and approximate right-of-way needed for the future highway. This map will be available for public viewing at the public hearings. Afterward, the map, with any changes resulting from the public hearings, will be approved and filed in the Office of the Recorder in all counties in which the corridor lies. All owners of record of the land identified within the corridor will be notified individually within 60 days of the filing.

After these notices are given, the property owners are not to begin improvements or developments without giving IDOT a 60-day advance notice. After receiving notice from the property owner, the Department then has 45 days to decide whether or not to buy the right-of-way and an additional 120 days to complete the purchase or start condemnation. If the property owner builds an improvement without giving such notice, the Department does not have to pay for the improvement when the right-of-way is acquired.

The meeting sites are accessible to disabled individuals. If special accommodations are needed, notify the District Four office by telephone at 309-671-3491 or by fax at 309-671-3498 at least three (3) days before the meeting so arrangements can be made.

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