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MacArthur Boulevard

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MacArthur Boulevard continues to play a vital role in the City of Springfield’s economic development and transportation network. Therefore, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is moving forward with the preliminary planning phases to improve this thoroughfare from Wabash/Stanford Avenue to South Grand Avenue.

Community participation is an important part of this project. We welcome your ideas and questions. Please click here to tell us your thoughts and to sign up for the mailing list to receive periodic project updates, notifications, and inquiries.

Note: Development of projects typically have three distinct phases. Phase I (or the project Planning 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. The Feasibility Study discussed here took place before Phase I and concluded in October 2017.

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MacArthur Blvd.


IDOT has launched Phase I Engineering work for MacArthur Boulevard in Springfield between Wabash/Stanford Avenue and South Grand Avenue. This 1.5-mile corridor is part of a walkable community and needs improvements to enhance safety, capacity, operations, drainage, pedestrian, multi-modal (bicycle and transit), Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, and other infrastructure needs as they relate to meeting the project objectives for improving the area.

The Phase I Engineering will affirm improvements previously identified during the 2017 Feasibility Study, determine any new improvements needed, complete additional evaluation of previous developed alternatives, possible development of new alternatives, and refinement of previously developed alternatives for evaluation. It is anticipated MacArthur Boulevard will need to be widened through a portion of the corridor.

IDOT utilizes a three Phase process for advancing projects. Phase I Engineering identifies the Purpose and Need of the project, completes environmental reviews and conducts preliminary design for the project. Phase II is the Design phase which refines the design and develops Plans, Specifications and Estimates for construction. Should any land acquisition be needed for a project, this process takes place during Phase II. Phase III is the construction, and final phase of a project.

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This Project is following IDOT’s Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) policy. CSS provides a collaborative approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a facility that fits into its surroundings and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources while maintaining safety and mobility. The purpose of CSS policy is to gather and consider input on the project from all interested stakeholders, and to encourage design flexibility to incorporate environmental and community values, as well as meet transportation objectives.

A stakeholder is anyone who could be affected by the project and has an interest in the outcome. Stakeholders are identified as all residents of the project area, users of the facility, and those interested parties who can directly affect the outcome of a planning process.

Community Advisory Group

A Community Advisory Group (CAG) has been established to provide broad perspectives as well as community level input regarding all aspects of the MacArthur Boulevard project. The CAG consists of representatives from the City of Springfield, Sangamon County, local organizations, transportation professionals, special interest groups, businesses, and community members. It is anticipated the CAG may meet up to four times throughout the project.

Public Meetings

Two to three Public Meetings will be held for this project to gather input and answer questions from the public. Events may be held in person and will also include a virtual component. The first meeting will be held in summer 2021 to introduce the project and gather feedback on the project’s purpose and need.


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Comment Forms

We are interested in your ideas and concerns. Click here to submit a comment or question.

The road was originally constructed in 1919 with a 20’ width and resurfaced with brick in 1932. At that time, it was known as West Grand and renamed MacArthur Boulevard during World War II. The road was widened to four lanes in 1961 and the first shopping mall built in the area was at the Town and Country Shopping Center. The current route is in need of repair and upgrades to accommodate current traffic volumes and nonmotorized transportation.

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Phase II - Design/Land Acquisition

This is a future phase. Work is currently in the Phase I Engineering process.

Phase III - Construction

This is a future phase. Work is currently in the Phase I Engineering process.

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