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Frequently Asked Question's

Q: What is the purpose of this study?

A: The purpose of the I-90 Improvements Study is to improve safety and traffic operations, as well as provide an appropriate transition between the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway and the Kennedy Expressway.

Q: What is the Phase I project process?

STEP 1: Analyze Existing Conditions – The study team will evaluate existing conditions in the corridor to identify deficiencies and problems. Meetings will be held with representatives of the communities in the study area to gather information on their issues and concerns within the project corridor. IDOT will also hold a Public Meeting on March 26, 2013 to present the identified issues, concerns and transportation needs to project stakeholders as well as solicit feedback about the project.

STEP 2: Develop Purpose and Need Statement – Using the information obtained in Step 1, IDOT will develop a Problem Statement and a Purpose and Need Statement. The Problem Statement summarizes the identified issues and concerns for the project. It will guide the development of the Purpose and Need for the project, which is an explanation of why the project is needed. IDOT will hold a meeting with the Project Working Group (PWG), which will be comprised of mayors or other representatives of the communities, to aid in developing the Problem Statement and the Purpose and Need.

STEP 3: Develop and Analyze Potential Improvements – The third step in the study process involves the identification of possible improvements and development of the criteria to evaluate those improvements. IDOT anticipates holding the second meeting with the PWG during this step. Preliminary engineering design will also occur during this step. A recommended set of improvements will be identified using the evaluation criteria, as well as feedback from the PWG.

STEP 4: Evaluate Potential Impacts and Benefits – Once the recommended improvements have been identified, the potential impacts and benefits will be evaluated. The findings of this analysis will be presented and discussed with the PWG during the final meeting with the group, documented in the Phase I engineering report, and presented for review and comment at the Public Hearing. This report will also include the environmental analysis required by state and federal laws. IDOT will consider the findings of the technical analyses, as well as all public and stakeholder input collected throughout the Phase I study, as it makes the final decision on the project. IDOT anticipates holding the public hearing on February 13, 2014.

Q: When will this study be complete?

A: The I-90 from I-190 to IL 43 Study is anticipated to have a design approval by March, 2014.

Q: Who is a project stakeholder?

A: I-90 Improvements Study stakeholders are individuals and organizations that are actively involved in the project, or whose interests may be affected as a result of project completion. Stakeholder involvement is critical to the success of this project and an integral part of the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process.

Q: What is Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)?

A: Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) became official policy for the Department of Transportation (IDOT) in August of 2005. Context Sensitive Solutions is an interdisciplinary approach that seeks effective, multimodal transportation solutions by working with stakeholders to develop, build and maintain cost-effective transportation facilities which fit into and reflect the project’s surroundings – its “context.” More information on CSS can be found on IDOT’s website.

Q: Who is involved in this project?

A: The project is being conducted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Representatives from Cook County, the Village of Harwood Heights, Village of Norridge, City of Park Ridge, and City of Chicago have been invited to take part in the stakeholder involvement process. Various organizations, from local to state, as well as interested residents have also been invited to take part in the stakeholder involvement process.

Q: When will construction start?

A: Currently phase III (Construction) is not funded yet.

Q: How can I get involved?

A: Continue to check the project website for updates and view the Get Involved page. If you would like to receive notifications of scheduled meetings, newsletters, and important updates, sign up for the project mailing list to the right.

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