Boone County – Business U.S. 20 from Shaw Rd to State Street

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U.S. Business 20 from Shaw Road through the State Street/Appleton Road intersection in Belvidere

As a part of the historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois plan, the Illinois Department of Transportation has initiated a Phase 1, Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Study for U.S. Business 20 from Shaw Road through the State Street/Appleton Road intersection in Belvidere

The study will evaluate reconstruction of approximately 4 miles of roadway and the expansion from two lanes to four lanes to accommodate future traffic projections.

This website has been created to provide information to the public about the project as the study develops and to facilitate public input by providing a means to ask questions or comment on the project.

The first of two planned Virtual Public Information Meetings was held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 5 to 6 p.m. This meeting introduced the Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Study for the proposed roadway improvement. The meeting included a PowerPoint presentation outlining the proposed study as well as a question and answer session to solicit feedback pertaining to the existing conditions and proposed improvements. A recording of this meeting and a copy of the presentation slides can be found on the “Resources” tab of this website.

A second Public Information Meeting is tentatively planned for early 2023 to discuss the study progress, summarize the alternatives studied, and provide a recommendation for the proposed improvements. Right-of-Way needs will be presented at that time. Instructions on how to register for this meeting will be made available here once the meeting date is scheduled. Stay tuned.

If you would like to submit your name and contact information to be added to the project mailing list, please click on the “Get Involved” tab below and then select the link for the Questions/Comments Submittal Form. Provide your contact information on the form and indicate that you would like to be added to the project mailing list in the Question/Comments field. This form can also be used to submit general questions about the project.

US 20 Shaw Rd to State St Map

This existing two-lane section of roadway ties into four-lane roadways section extending to the east through Belvidere and to the west approaching Rockford. Future traffic projections indicate that maintaining a two-lane road would not provide sufficient capacity and it is anticipated that traffic congestion would escalate.

Therefore, the preliminary engineering study evaluates a four-lane cross section with two travel lanes in each direction separated by a center median. This transitions to a five-lane cross section east of Town Hall Road approaching Belvidere, which would allow left turning traffic in both directions to enter the center turn lane, thereby improving traffic flow in the through lanes.

In addition, a multi-use path is being considered to accommodate non-motorized users of the road in accordance with Illinois “Complete Streets” legislation.

Within the study area, the existing pavement surface is generally in fair to good condition with some segments exhibiting poorer condition, as evidenced by severe cracking and patch deterioration. The underlying pavement is generally in fair to poor condition and is expected to continue to deteriorate with continued traffic loading. Because of the condition of the underlying pavement, complete reconstruction of the pavement is more appropriate than an additional resurfacing treatment.

Note: IDOT projects typically have three distinct phases. Phase I (or the project Study) consists of developing the project scope, environmental studies and preliminary design of a project. Phase II (Design) consists of refining the design to develop contract plans and land acquisition. Phase III (Construction) consists of the actual construction of the project.

Phase I: The project is currently in the early development stages of Phase 1

Phase II: Scheduled to begin in 2023.

Phase III (Construction): Tentatively included in the IDOT’s Multiyear plan – pending availability of funding.

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Additional information including project documents and displays will be added to this tab as they become available.

Study Documents

Project documents will be posted to the website throughout the duration of this project study. These documents may include draft and final reports, study area maps, presentations, and communication pieces such as, FAQs, glossary of terms, and project photos and graphics.

Virtual Public Meeting 1/12/22

Press Releases

E-Newsletters/Flyers

Newsletters may be printed over the course of the study. These publications will feature the latest project news and will be used as a means of communicating information about the project. Those who sign up to be included on the project mailing list will receive newsletter updates.

To sign up for the project mailing List please click on the “Get Involved” tab  and then select the link for the Questions/Comments Submittal Form. Provide your contact information on the form and indicate that you would like to be added to the project mailing list in the Question/Comments field. This form can also be used to submit general questions about the project.

Why are you doing this study?

Answer:  Projections indicate a four-lane section is required to accommodate future traffic and alleviate congestion.  This section of roadway ties into a four-lane roadway section (two lanes in each direction) both to the east in Belvidere and to the west approaching Rockford. As development in the area continues, future traffic projections indicate that maintaining the existing two-lane road would not provide sufficient capacity and it is anticipated that traffic congestion would escalate. In addition, the existing pavement is generally in fair to poor condition and is expected to continue to deteriorate with continued increases in traffic loading.

What is the scope of work for this study?

Answer:  The preliminary engineering study is evaluating reconstructing and widening Business U.S. 20 to a four-lane cross section to accommodate traffic growth, to be consistent with the adjacent roadway segments, and to improve pavement condition.  Widening will include two travel lanes in each direction separated by a center median between Shaw Road and State Street/Appleton Road. Additional accommodation for non-motorized users such as pedestrians and bicycles, will also be investigated.

What is the timeline for this study?

Answer: The study is currently in the preliminary phase. Data collection and initial studies are underway as part of the Phase I study process which is expected to conclude in 2023. Phase II, the design and land acquisition phase of the study, is anticipated to start by late 2023. Phase III is the actual construction of the improvement and timing is pending funding and design approval.

How is this study being funded?

Answer:  Phase I of the Business U.S. 20 from Shaw Road through the State Street/Appleton Road Intersection in Belvidere Study is currently funded in IDOT’s 2021-2026 Rebuild Illinois Highway Improvement Program. Subsequent phases, II and III will begin once funding is allocated.

Is any land acquisition necessary for the study purposes and, if so, will my property be impacted?

Answer: Some right of way is anticipated in order to accommodate the roadway widening. At this time, the proposed roadway design is still in process and right-of-way needs have not been fully determined. The acquisitions are expected to be primarily partial acquisitions consisting of strip right-of-way and temporary easement along both sides of U.S. Business 20. Additional information will be made available to the public as part of the second Public Meeting which is tentatively planned for early to mid 2023. Upon completion and approval of the design, the Department’s Bureau of Land Acquisition will be contacting property owners to discuss the land acquisition process and specific property impacts in more detail.

How is noise being considered for this study?

Answer: As part of the Phase I planning process, a noise analysis will be performed along the study area corridor to evaluate the potential need for noise walls as part of the recommended improvements. Existing noise measurements will be taken along the corridor and a computer model will be prepared to estimate noise levels at sensitive receptors (including residential properties) with the future traffic and roadway configuration. In any areas where the future noise levels are predicted to be at or higher than federal noise abatement criteria, noise abatement measures, such as noise walls, will be considered. If the results of the study indicate noise mitigation may be a benefit to properties, these owners will have the opportunity to provide input before it is decided if they will be included as part of this project.

Public Meetings

The first of two planned Virtual Public Information Meetings was held on Wednesday, Jan. 12 from 5 to 6 p.m. This meeting introduced the Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Study for the proposed roadway improvement. The meeting included a PowerPoint presentation outlining the proposed study as well as a question and answer session. The meeting was recorded and is available for viewing on the “Resources” tab of this webpage.

A second Public Information Meeting is tentatively planned for early 2023 to discuss the study progress, summarize the alternatives studied, and provide a recommendation for the proposed improvements. Right-of-Way needs will be discussed at that time. Instructions on how to register for this meeting will be made available here once the meeting date is scheduled. Stay tuned.

Contact Us

As the project progresses, we will update this website to ensure you are kept informed. The study team is interested in hearing your ideas and opinions. If you have questions or comments about the study or would like to be added to the project mailing list, please fill out the electronic Questions/Comments Submittal Form at:  https://apps.dot.illinois.gov/WER/?from=1

Email at Steven.Robery@illinois.gov

Mail at the following address:

Masood Ahmad, P.E.
Region Two Engineer
Illinois Department of Transportation
819 Depot Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021-3500
Attn: Steve Robery

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