Village of Maywood Holds First Advisory Working Group Meeting
The first Advisory Working Group Meeting was held on Thursday, January 21, 2016. View the meeting materials here.
The Village of Maywood formed an I-290 Advisory Working Group...The first Advisory Working Group Meeting was held on Thursday, January 21, 2016. View the meeting materials here.
The Village of Maywood formed an I-290 Advisory Working Group (AWG) to work with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to discuss the ongoing I-290 study in more detail. The group is comprised of Village officials and community leaders, and supported by IDOT staff and consultants. The AWG is anticipated to meet monthly through late spring 2016.
The meetings are open to the general public and will include an opportunity for audience members to ask questions following the presentation and AWG agenda items.
For more information about the AWG, please contact the Maywood Village Manager’s office at 708-450-6303.
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What to Know About the I-290 Noise Wall Process
Where are we now?
In the fall of 2015, IDOT completed a traffic noise analysis for the project. The analysis concluded that certain areas along the expressway could benefit from a noise wall. IDOT...Where are we now?
In the fall of 2015, IDOT completed a traffic noise analysis for the project. The analysis concluded that certain areas along the expressway could benefit from a noise wall. IDOT hosted or participated in informational forums for property owners and occupants in October, November and December of 2015. View the presentation, exhibits, and noise wall simulation video presented at the forums. In November, IDOT initiated the noise wall voting process, which is anticipated to be completed by the end of February 2016.
How does the noise wall vote process work?
As established by Federal Highway Administration regulations, property owners are able to vote for or against noise walls in their area. In order for a person to be eligible to vote, the noise wall must decrease the noise level at the property by at least 5 decibels, which is a readily perceptible change in noise (typically homes within 300 feet of a noise wall). Anything less than 5 decibels is barely detectible by the human ear, therefore a noise wall would not provide any perceptible benefit. For more information about how the noise analysis was conducted, view the traffic noise analysis report. IIDOT has identified all of the properties that could benefit from noise walls and has notified those residents and property owners of their voting eligibility.
If more than 50% of the votes received are in favor of a wall, a wall will likely be included in the project. A response rate of at least 33% of eligible voters is desired. If the response rate from the initial ballot mailing is less than 33%, a second ballot will be mailed for residents in those areas only to the residents and property owners who did not vote in the first round.
Voters who are in the “first row” of receptors (who share a property line with the highway) will be counted and weighed as two votes. All others will be single votes. For rental properties, each occupant will count as one vote and the owner counts as one vote per unit. A final decision on the installation of abatement measures will be made upon completion of the project’s final design and the public involvement process.
Questions? Visit our FAQ page or you can submit your questions and comments using our online form, or send comments to:
Illinois Department of Transportation-Region One/District 1
Attn: Mark Peterson
201 W. Center Court
Schaumburg, Illinois 60196
Or call Mark Peterson at 847.705.4569.
View a before and after slideshow of noise walls in your neighborhood:
Listen to a before and after noise wall simulation:
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IDOT Holds Forums Regarding Noise Wall Process
As part of the ongoing I-290 study, the Illinois Department of Transportation hosted public forums on October 27, 28, and 29, 2015 to inform residents about the noise wall voting process, which is...As part of the ongoing I-290 study, the Illinois Department of Transportation hosted public forums on October 27, 28, and 29, 2015 to inform residents about the noise wall voting process, which is taking place in conjunction with the planned improvements on the Eisenhower Expressway.
IDOT provided a short presentation on the planning process, as well as results of the noise analysis, to help property owners and tenants make an informed decision on the potential noise walls.
The forums were held in advance of the voting process, to inform property owners, residents and the broader community about the noise wall process and eligibility requirements. View the I-290 noise wall forum presentation.
To provide more opportunities for residents to learn about the noise wall process, the Village of Oak Park held an open-house meeting on November 5, 2015, where residents were able to talk with Village officials and IDOT representatives. On November 9, 2015, IDOT presented project updates at the Village of Forest Park board meeting, which was also open to the public.
In addition, the Village of Maywood held a public meeting on December 7, 2015, in coordination with IDOT, to provide residents with more information regarding the proposed I-290 reconstruction as well as the noise wall process.
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CTA Blue Line Vision Study Update
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In 2013, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) initiated the “Blue Line Vision Study,” in collaboration with the I-290 study, to identify the near- and long-term...
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In 2013, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) initiated the “Blue Line Vision Study,” in collaboration with the I-290 study, to identify the near- and long-term improvement goals for the Forest Park branch of the CTA Blue Line. CTA’s Vision Study evaluated infrastructure and service improvements throughout the corridor, and is coordinating these findings with the Eisenhower Expressway Study Team for incorporation into the overall I-290 corridor plan. In addition, IDOT is working with CTA and Pace on options for a cost-effective and efficient transit extension, such as express bus service to Mannheim Road.
The Blue Line Vision Study started with an analysis of existing conditions and concluded that the tracks and stations are nearing the end of their useful life and need to be brought up to 21st century standards in terms of service, mobility and passenger facilities. The CTA has identified the following overall recommendations associated with a complete reconstruction and modernization for the Forest Park branch:
- Maintain existing station entrance locations
- Improve customer experience at stations
- Improve infrastructure and speed
- A new Forest Park terminal, yard and shop at Des Plaines Avenue
- Maintain existing service
- Work with IDOT on corridor improvements
The study was completed in 2014, but the CTA will continue to evaluate and coordinate funding options and project phasing with IDOT, and will formally present the results in conjunction with the I-290 Public Hearing in 2016.
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