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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

For further information contact:

  • To be able to view a copy of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement click on the following:
    Then choose the US 20 (FAP 301) Glacier Shadow Pass project.

  • Maps, drawings and other pertinent information are available at the IDOT District 2 Office, located at 819 Depot Avenue, Dixon Illinois, 61021.

  • Telephone (815) 284-2271 or Text Transmission (815) 284-1667.

  • Further Questions may be addressed to:
IDOT—District Engineer
Gregory Mounts
(815) 284-5301
IDOT—Program Development Engineer
Ross Monk
(815) 284-5307
IDOT—Land Acquisition Engineer
(815) 284-5366
IDOT—Studies and Plans Engineer
Jay Howell
(815) 284-5351
IDOT—Studies and Plans Project Manager
Geoff Smith
(815) 284-5510
IDOT—Project Coordinator
Jon McCormick
(815) 284-5513

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