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Ottawa , Ill. – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold two public information meetings in December to present the status of the Prairie Parkway Preliminary Engineering Study that is evaluating the need for future transportation improvements in northeastern Illinois. The meetings will be open house format, with a question and answer session at each meeting.

As part of the next steps for advancing further studies for the Prairie Parkway Preliminary Engineering Study, IDOT will present a range of improvement concepts, such as widening existing routes, new arterial streets, new freeways, and transit improvements.  IDOT has compiled approximately 150 transportation improvement suggestions received during the June 2004 public workshops and various stakeholder and local officials meetings.

IDOT will describe its process for evaluating the concepts and explain the federal scoping process, which is the beginning of the federal environmental review process. An initial step in the scoping process is to define the purpose and need for transportation improvements in the study area. At these meetings the public will have the opportunity to comment on the various improvement concepts, the evaluation process and the draft purpose and need.

“IDOT is encouraged by the feedback offered by the public,” said District 3 Engineer John Kos of IDOT. “ Northeastern Illinois counties are seeing a dramatic growth in population and traffic and IDOT strives to meet the transportation needs of this region with a range of viable improvement concepts.”

The Transportation System Performance Report released in March revealed that three counties in the study area are ranked on the list of 100 fastest growing counties in the United States from 2000 to 2003 according to the U.S. Census Bureau: Kendall (#10), Will (#33) and Kane (#75). By 2030, the population in the study area is expected to double. The entire Transportation System Performance Report is available for viewing at .

“Public involvement continues to play a critical role in the preliminary phase of this regional transportation study,” said Kos . “IDOT is committed to evaluating viable transportation improvement concepts for this region and we are looking forward to presenting the concepts that we have received from a variety of groups and individuals.”

The two public information meetings will be held at:

The public is invited and encouraged to attend at any time during the public information meetings. In the open houses, the public will be able to watch a PowerPoint presentation, review exhibits and discuss the study with representatives from IDOT. In addition, a question and answer session with representatives from IDOT will start at 6:30 p.m. each night.

Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2004   Thursday, December 9, 2004
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Kaneland South Elementary School
85 West Main Street
Sugar Grove, Illinois
  White Oak Elementary School
2001 Dupont Avenue
Morris, Illinois

Both public meeting sites are accessible to persons with disabilities. If special accommodations are needed, please contact IDOT's office at 815-434-8435, or TTY 815-434-8510.

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