IDOT to Hold Public Hearings on January 25 & 26, 2017
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is holding public hearings on the I-290 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The DEIS documents the need for transportation solutions for...The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is holding public hearings on the I-290 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The DEIS documents the need for transportation solutions for I-290 from west of Mannheim Road to Racine Avenue and the evaluation of alternatives for addressing those transportation needs. Further, it addresses the potential effects on environmental resources and the potential effects on future traffic operations caused by proposed alternatives as well as the “no-build” alternative. The findings from the CTA’s Blue Line Vision Study will also be presented. A public Notice of Availability (NOA) will be issued on December 30, 2016. The NOA begins the 45 day public review and comment period.
The public hearings will be conducted in an open house format, and interested persons may attend anytime between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. There will be a continuous audiovisual presentation, and the public is encouraged to comment on the DEIS, alternatives under consideration, preliminary road closure plan, social, economic, and environmental effects and proposed mitigation strategies. IDOT and study team representatives will be available to answer questions. In addition, a question and answer forum will be held at 7:00 p.m. each day. Court reporters will be available to record public comments.
The Open House Public Hearings will be held on:
Wednesday, January 25, 2017*
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Proviso Math and Science Academy
8601 Roosevelt Road
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
(Pace Bus route 301 and 308 stop at the south-west corner of the Academy)
Thursday, January 26, 2017*
5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Marriott Chicago - Medical District
625 South Ashland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60607
(Just east of CTA’s Racine Blue Line Station)
*In the event the hearing is canceled due to a major snow event that requires the closing of public/private facilities, the alternate dates will be February 1, 2017 at Proviso Math and Science Academy and February 2, 2017 at the Marriott Chicago – Medical District
This meeting will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance should contact Lisa Mentzer at (630) 812-1724. Persons planning to attend who will need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the TTY/TTD number (800) 526-0844 or 711; TTY users (Español) (800) 501-0864 or 711; and for Telebraille dial (877) 526-6670 at least five days prior to the meeting.
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Noise Wall Re-Vote between 1st Avenue and 25th Avenue
IDOT re-issued noise wall ballots to residents and property owners located behind the proposed noise walls along I-290 between 1st Avenue and 25th Avenue. The re-vote for noise walls in this...IDOT re-issued noise wall ballots to residents and property owners located behind the proposed noise walls along I-290 between 1st Avenue and 25th Avenue. The re-vote for noise walls in this area is due to expressway design changes that occurred since the original vote last year. The design revisions were identified through the Maywood Advisory Working Group (AWG) process that directly involved local residents, business owners, Village Staff, and elected officials. Six expressway access alternatives were identified and evaluated with respect to how well they address local and regional transportation needs. The selected preferred alternative will retain all existing ramp connections between 1st Avenue and 25th Avenue.
Because of the design change since the original noise wall vote, IDOT was required to reevaluate the locations and performance of the noise walls, and issue a revote.
In mid-August, residents and owners of properties that were determined to be “benefitted” by a noise wall were mailed a ballot to vote in favor or against the wall. A property is considered to be benefitted if the proposed noise wall results in a perceptible reduction in noise level (five decibels or more). If more than half of the returned ballots are in favor of a wall, that wall will likely be constructed as part of the expressway reconstruction. A final decision on the installation of noise walls will be made upon completion of the project’s final design and the public involvement process prior to construction.
If you have any questions regarding the location your property or residence, why your property is or is not benefitted, or if you should have received a ballot and have not, please contact Mark Peterson at email@example.com or (847)-705-4569.
About the Federal Noise Wall Process:
The noise wall evaluation and voting process is required by the Federal Highway Administration for an expressway reconstruction project. The decision to construct any proposed walls is made by the voters that benefit from the wall. Only property owners and renters with a noise decrease of at least 5 decibels are eligible to vote. A voter response rate of 33% is desired. If the response from the initial mailing is less than 33%, a second ballot will be mailed to the property owners and renters who did not vote in the first round.
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Maywood Advisory Working Group Process Wrapping Up
Preferred plan keeps all ramps open
In January 2016, the Maywood Advisory Working Group (AWG) was formed, and included local residents, business owners Maywood staff, and elected officials. ...Preferred plan keeps all ramps open
In January 2016, the Maywood Advisory Working Group (AWG) was formed, and included local residents, business owners Maywood staff, and elected officials. After eight months of discussion and analysis, a preferred plan for the section of I-290 between 25th Avenue and 1st Avenue has been identified.
The identified preferred alternative keeps all existing I-290 ramps open, and includes new interchanges at 25th Avenue and 1st Avenue. At 25th Avenue, the existing loop ramps will be removed to accommodate a new Single Point Urban Interchange (SPUI) that will have all ramps connecting directly at 25th Avenue. Similar to 25th Avenue, a SPUI will also be constructed at 1st Avenue. The SPUIs include dedicated dual left turn lanes and are operated by only one signal, which will drastically reduce signal wait times and vehicle stacking. To accommodate the improved interchange design at 1st Avenue, Harrison Street and Bataan Drive will not connect to 1st Avenue, which will reduce the amount of non-local, cut-through traffic currently using these streets to avoid expressway congestion.
Compared to the existing conditions, the performance benefits of the preferred alternative include:
-24% Reduction in travel time between the expressway and local residential and business areas
-74% reduction in signal wait times at 1st Avenue
-77% reduction in vehicle stacking along 1st Avenue
-5% reduction in traffic on local roads
Other local benefits include:
-Discourages “cut-though” or non-local frontage road traffic: 90% of existing trips using the frontage road connections at 1st Avenue are not local (link to exhibit)
-Bataan Drive and Harrison Street will be fully reconstructed Additional storm sewer pipe capacity will be added to provide additional flood protection opportunities for the Village of Maywood (link to exhibit 1, exhibit 2)
-Additional level green space areas will be provided between the frontage roads and the expressway (link to exhibit)
-All bridges crossing I-290 will be replaced with new bridges that have 12-foot wide sidewalks (link to exhibit)
-A new, protected/signalized IL Prairie Path crossing of 1st Avenue will be added (link to exhibit)
-New aesthetic opportunities are available along the frontage roads and cross-street bridges.
Additional information on the AWG process and findings can be found here.
Due to design changes required by the Preferred Alternative, a new noise wall analysis and voting process is required. Noise wall locations have been revised and reevaluated and the voting process re-initiated residents and property owners who are benefitted by the proposed noise walls.
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