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Galena Bypass

Special Update - June 2014

The Illinois Department of Transportation is initiating a funding and financing study for the US 20 corridor. The study is expected to be completed in October of 2014.

Project Status

This Phase 1 engineering study was concluded on September 22, 2005 with the signing of the Record of Decision by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This decision concludes that the Selected Alterative (Longhollow Freeway with South Simmons Mound variation) best satisfies the purpose and need, causes the least environmental impacts, and complies with the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA). The FHWA’s decision is based on full consideration of information contained in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), public input received at various public information meetings held throughout the course of the study, and public hearings held on June 25, 2003 in Freeport and June 26, 2003 in Galena.

The FHWA‘s decision allowed the Selected Alternative to be advanced through detailed design and construction. The Galena Bypass segment of the proposed freeway was the first segment to receive funding for design engineering. The first stage of this detailed design involved the preparation earthwork plans for the Galena Bypass. These plans were completed in May of 2013. Additional funding is necessary in order to continue the design work including preparing the roadway and structure plans for the various bridges located along the proposed bypass. Additional information pertaining to the Galena Bypass project is available at the link provided below.

Galena Bypass Website

Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Final Environmental Impact Statement

Record of Decision 20 Rod.pdf

Galena Bypass Description

The Galena Bypass has the distinction of being the first section of US Route 20 “Glacier Shadow Pass” for both its physical location and the funding of this epic undertaking. The bypass starts at the Illinois Route 84 intersection with the existing US Route 20 four-lane that extends to East Dubuque. As the bypass heads east it curves around the picturesque settlement of Galena. While seeking its way around Galena, it spans the Galena River and Old Stagecoach Trail, and stays close enough to enjoy the city’s historic vistas. The bypass terminates near the benchmark site of Horseshoe Mound, completing its assigned task in about 7 miles.

Click on the links below to go on a virtual drive through of U.S. Route 20:

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This Bypass section has a portion of its final design funding scheduled for 2004, along with some funding for Land Acquisition. This phase of the project should take about three years to finalize. The first construction lettings could happen as soon as 2007 given the appropriate funding becomes available.

Photo Visualization of a possible U.S. 20 Freeway just outside of Galena.

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