THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO PRESENT PRAIRIE PARKWAY
TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES FOR MORE DETAILED STUDIES
OTTAWA, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold two
public information meetings on April 4 and 5 to present and receive public
comment on the initial locations and footprints of the two build alternatives in
the Prairie Parkway Preliminary Engineering Study. The two alternatives were
announced last October and were carried forward for further studies.
This is the latest step in the Prairie Parkway Preliminary Engineering Study.
The meetings will be open house format, with a question and answer session at
The two build alternatives resulted from IDOT’s environmental field
investigations and engineering studies. In addition to gathering engineering
data, IDOT worked closely with environmental groups, landowners, communities,
and the Corridor Planning Group to identify these potential alternatives.
The Corridor Planning Group is a volunteer group led by elected officials of
the counties and municipalities affected by the improvements. These officials
are supported by technical task force members selected from entities such as
farm bureaus, economic development councils, forest preserve districts, and
environmental conservation groups with experience and knowledge of issues
related to land use planning, environmental resources, and transportation. They
bring a local perspective to the effects the potential alternatives may have in
their own communities.
The Prairie Parkway Preliminary Engineering Study began in 2002. Throughout
the process, IDOT has placed a high priority on extensive public involvement as
an important aspect to guide the study. IDOT has made significant realignments
to the corridors throughout the study that resulted from public involvement and
other findings. The two build alternatives presented at the April public
information meetings are the finalists from among dozens of alternatives IDOT
has evaluated based on engineering data and hundreds of public comments.
IDOT is still studying environmental impacts of the two potential
alternatives, so the footprint continues to be slightly adjusted based on their
findings. Every effort is made to provide the most travel benefits, the greatest
compatibility with local land use plans, and the least environmental and
development impacts. The slight adjustments are necessary to provide the
greatest benefits to the people in the communities while minimizing impacts to
The main parts of the purpose and need statement are to improve regional
mobility, address local system deficiencies, improve access from the study area
to regional jobs, and improve safety, as well as an assessment of their
environmental impacts. For information about the Prairie Parkway Study, visit
www.prairie-parkway.com. The two
public information meetings will be held at:
||Tuesday, April 4, 2006
||Wednesday, April 5, 2006
||5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
||5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
||Yorkville High School Gym
797 Game Farm Road
|White Oak Elementary School Gym
2001 DuPont Ave.
* Presentation and question & answer session at 6:30 p.m. each
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 review
exhibits and discuss the study with representatives from IDOT. A presentation by
IDOT representatives followed by a question and answer session will start at
6:30 p.m. each night.
Both public meeting sites are accessible to persons with disabilities. If
special accommodations are needed, please contact IDOT’s office at 815-434-8423,
or TTY 815-434-8510.