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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2010
 


Contact:

Josh Kauffman (IDOT) 217/558.0517

Illinois Transportation Secretary Announces Public Meetings
in Preparation of Future Road Program

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


Chicagoland Region - Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will seek early input into the development of its upcoming Fiscal Year 2012-2017 Proposed Highway Improvement Program by hosting informational and feedback sessions in communities throughout the state.

The public meetings for the six county Chicago Metropolitan Region will be held on the following dates:

Monday, September 13, 2010
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Holiday Inn Crystal Lake Conference Center
800 South Route 31
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014

Thursday, September 16, 2010
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
College of Lake County
19351 W. Washington Street
Building “C”
Grayslake, Illinois 60030

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
IDOT’s Emergency Traffic Patrol Headquarters
3501 S. Normal
Chicago, Illinois 60609

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
South Holland Community Center
501 E. 170th Street
South Holland, Illinois 60473

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Lincolnway Central High School
1801 E. Lincoln Highway
New Lenox, Illinois 60451

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn St. Charles
4070 E. Main Street (Route 64)
St. Charles, Illinois 60174

Monday, October 18, 2010
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Hilton Lisle/Naperville
3003 Corporate West Drive
Lisle, Illinois 60532


These public meetings will 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 a robust construction season in full swing, we want to get an early start on our plans for our upcoming road program,” said Secretary Hannig. “It is important to us that we hear from the public about the projects that are important to their communities.”

The proposed Multi-Year Program (MYP) is based on conservative estimates of local, federal and state funding, including funding from Governor Quinn’s “Illinois Jobs Now!” Capital Improvement Program, enacted in 2009. The current FY 2011-2016 Proposed Highway Improvement Program totals about $12.84 billion with a focus on system maintenance and preservation.

The public meeting will be conducted in an Open House format that can be attended anytime during the scheduled hours. A continuous audio-visual presentation will be available for viewing. IDOT staff will be present to answer any questions related to the state highway program as well as the 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.

Written comments will be accepted at the meeting or can be mailed to IDOT, Attn: Brian Carlson, Program Development Section Chief at 201 W. Center Court, Schaumburg, IL 60196 until close of business on Monday, November 1, 2010.

*This meeting will be accessible to handicapped individuals. Anyone needing special assistance should contact Brian Carlson at (847) 705-4081. Persons planning to attend who will need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the Department’s TTY/TTD number (800) 526-0844/or 711; TTY Users (Spanish) (800) 501-0864/or 711; and for Telebraille dial (877) 526-6670/ or 711 at least five days prior to the meeting.
 

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