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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2011

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Josh Kauffman (IDOT) 217.558.0517
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IDOT Announces Public Meetings to Help Plan Future Road Programs

Early Input Needed for Planning and Development of Upcoming Multi-Year Transportation Program



OTTAWA – Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will seek early input into the development of its upcoming Multi-Year Road Program for Highway Improvements for Fiscal Years 2013-2018 through informational and feedback sessions to be held in communities throughout the state.

The public meeting for the IDOT District 3 area which includes Bureau, DeKalb, Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, Kendall, LaSalle, and Livingston counties, will be held on Tuesday July 26, 2011 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Grundy County Administration Center (Board Room) at 1320 Union Street in Morris to give residents and businesses in the area a chance to better understand and weigh in on project priorities over the next five to seven years.

“With road construction moving full speed ahead, IDOT is proactively planning for the next multi-year road program to be announced in Spring 2012,” said Acting Secretary Schneider. “Public input is a vital and extremely beneficial component of the Multi-Year Program for Highway Improvements, and our hope is that all interested residents and businesses will participate.”

The proposed Multi-Year Program (MYP) is based on current estimates of local, federal and state funding, including funding from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, enacted in 2009. The Multi-Year Program for the current FY 2012-2017 totals about $11.5 billion and focuses on maintenance and improvement of the existing state road system.

The public meeting will be conducted informally, with no formal presentation planned. IDOT staff will be present to answer any questions related to the state highway program, planning and project development process.

The public will have an opportunity to comment on the development of the proposed MYP, existing programming procedures and other information. The meeting also will provide information to prospective contractors about programs in place to assist small business enterprises, including businesses owned and operated by minorities and women, and other programs undertaken by IDOT.

Comment sheets will be provided for those in attendance who wish to provide a written statement. Comments received at this meeting or sent to the District 3 Office by November 1, 2011, will be included in the meeting record. The same material will be available for review and inspection at the District 3 Office at 700 East Norris Drive, Ottawa, Illinois 61350, after the mentioned meeting dates.

These meetings will be accessible to individuals with handicaps. Anyone needing special assistance should contact Tom Magolan at 815-434-8472. Persons planning to attend who will need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the Department through its TTY/TTD number at 800-526-0844 at least five days prior to the meeting.

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