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US 30 Environmental Impact Statement and Phase I Design Report

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How much time will Phase I require? Is funding secured to support the project through construction?
    It is anticipated that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Phase I Design Report will be completed in 2014. Currently, funding has only been secured to finance this phase of the project.
  2. What is the importance of the Purpose and Need Statement?
    The Purpose and Need Statement is federally required and is the basis for evaluating alternatives and environmental impacts in the EIS. It establishes why a project should take place and explains to the public and decision-makers that the expenditure of funds is necessary and worthwhile. Although significant environmental impacts are expected to result from the project, the Purpose and Need Statement should justify why impacts are acceptable based on the project's importance. The project’s Purpose and Need Statement drives the process for alternatives consideration, in-depth analyses, and ultimate selection. Without a well-defined, well-established, and well-justified Purpose and Need Statement, it will be difficult to determine which alternatives are reasonable, prudent, and practical. Also, it may be impossible to dismiss the no-build alternative.
  3. Would a three-lane widening of US 30 as it passes through Morrison satisfy the Purpose and Need Statement “To reduce traffic congestion, improve traffic capacity, improve safety, accommodate freight, and establish roadway continuity?”
    A three-lane roadway configuration could potentially reduce traffic congestion, improve traffic capacity, improve safety, and accommodate freight based on our current traffic volumes. However, the proposed project and its roadway design/alignment must accommodate not only the traffic that utilizes the roadway today, but that which is anticipated to utilize the route within the next 20 years. Based on our projected traffic volumes, a three-lane improvement would be insufficient to meet the goals of the Purpose and Need Statement within the 20-year timeframe.
  4. When will land acquisition occur? How is the amount of right-of-way (ROW) determined? When will you begin identifying properties that may be impacted by the project?
    The Department can begin acquiring right-of-way (ROW) after the EIS and Phase I Design Report are approved and funding for ROW has been secured. The amount of ROW is set on the basis of what is needed to provide a safe and functional highway for the traveling public. Potential alignments will be shown to the public as they are developed. Impacted property owners will be contacted individually when a recommended alignment has been chosen.
  5. Who determines how much compensation I will receive for the proposed ROW that the Department will acquire with the project, and how is it calculated?
    The Department would have an appraisal prepared on your property to determine fair market value, either by an IDOT staff appraiser or a private appraiser hired by the Department. They would determine the value of the area being purchased from you and any damage to the remaining parcel. If the whole property is being acquired, additional relocation assistance would be provided by the Department.
  6. I believe my home/farmstead is historic. Therefore, the State cannot touch it, right?
    The State can acquire property from a historic home/farmstead. The Department will conduct a historic survey of the project area and receive a determination from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency regarding structures that have historical context. It is possible that we will acquire some ROW from these properties and we will make every effort to avoid the structures.
  7. If a bypass is built, who will maintain the existing US 30 through town?
    Maintenance of the roadway could remain the responsibility of the State, or a jurisdictional transfer agreement could be developed between the State and a local entity (city, township or county). This would be determined during the Phase II (design) of the project, which is not currently funded.
  8. How were Community Advisory Group (CAG) members selected for the project? Is it possible for other interested citizens to join the CAG as the project progresses? What if a CAG member is not effectively representing their particular interest group?
    The CAG members were selected from individuals, groups, organizations, and agencies from the communities within the project study area representing a wide cross-section of people and interests. If the Project Study Group (PSG) believes adequate representation is not being provided through the established CAG, an individual may be asked to join the CAG. Also if it is determined that a group is not being sufficiently represented by a current CAG member, the PSG will work with that interest group to determine if there is a more suitable representative to serve on the CAG. Continuity is very important in the CSS process and therefore a decision such as this would be given great consideration by the PSG.
  9. How can I get involved during this phase of the project?
    The Department has outlined a very open and engaging community involvement plan through its Context Sensitive Solutions process. The plan creates a forum for the public to be educated, informed and involved throughout the entire EIS and Phase I Design Report. Such opportunities include participating in public meetings, visiting the project website (, calling the project hotline at 1-866-ROUTE30 (1-866-768-8330), requesting the Project Study Team to speak to your group, and attending the CAG meetings.


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