Eisenhower Expressway: Chicago I-290

Where Are We Now?

In October 2013, IDOT hosted the third round of public meetings to present the analysis completed to-date and the next steps in the planning process. The top performing Round 2 Combination Mode alternatives were carried forward for further refinement and evaluation in Round 3. Additional evaluation measures will be considered in Round 3, including additional travel benefits, environmental impacts, including detailed noise and air analysis, as well as costs and funding strategies. These four combination alternatives best address the transportation needs identified in the I-290 Corridor, which include:

  • Improve local and regional travel
  • Improve transit connections and opportunities
  • Improve safety for all users
  • Improve access to employment
  • Improve facility deficiencies

The Eisenhower Expressway Study Team has been engaged in a number of activities, including:

  • Individual stakeholder meetings
  • Reviews and responses to public comments
  • Detailed analysis of existing drainage conditions
  • Additional data collection
  • Traffic noise and air quality analyses
  • Development of preliminary design (i.e. “geometry”)
  • Ongoing environmental analysis and coordination for inclusion in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The I-290 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was made available for public review and comment on December 30, 2016. Public hearings will be held January 25th and 26th, 2017.

Alternatives Development and Evaluation graphic

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