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IDOT is performing a preliminary engineering and environmental study for potential improvements to US Route 40 from Formosa Road to Bethany Drive in Madison County, approximately 3 miles. This section of US Route 40 is in the Village of Troy as well as unincorporated Madison County

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

 

IDOT is performing a preliminary engineering and environmental study for potential improvements to US Route 40 from Formosa Road to Bethany Drive in Madison County, approximately 3 miles. This section of US Route 40 is in the Village of Troy as well as unincorporated Madison County.

In this region, this section of US Route 40 serves as a main East-West corridor connecting the adjacent communities of Troy, St. Jacob, and Highland. IDOT has initiated this study due to the increasing traffic volumes on US Route 40 and the development occurring in the area. This project is anticipated to include roadway widening to address future traffic growth to provide additional through lanes and/or bi-directional turn lane.

The existing US Route 40 roadway cross-section varies throughout the study area. US Route 40 includes four lanes with shoulders at Formosa Road, which then transitions to two lanes with shoulders east of Formosa Road to the east project limit at Bethany Drive. Turn lanes are present at intersections. Existing drainage is handled by open roadside ditches. Bike paths and sidewalks exist at intermittent locations throughout the study limits.

The study area includes mostly agricultural areas with residential, commercial areas, green space, and limited industrial areas. Some notable community features include cultural resources, parks, schools and childcare facilities, churches, businesses, and residences.

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**Phases 1, II, and III are currently funded and included in the Department’s FY2022-2027 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) develops and implements highway transportation improvement projects using a three-phase process:

Phase I: Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Studies
During this phase, IDOT studies a range of alternatives, including a “no build” option, to improve US Route 40 in the study area that address the purpose and need of the project. IDOT also conducts environmental analysis to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The project team will collect information, determine the needs of the roadway, analyze the alternatives, and identify potential effects to study area resources. Learn more about NEPA.

Phase II: Design
In this phase, IDOT refines the project design in order to develop contract plans. Any additional Right-of-Way that might be needed for the project is acquired during this phase.

Phase III: Construction
The final phase consists of the actual construction of the project.

The US Route 40 study is currently in Phase I. During this phase, preliminary engineering and environmental studies are completed to develop a roadway improvement plan that addresses an established purpose and need for the contract. A project report will be developed, and land acquisition will begin at the end of this Phase I Study.

Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)
A key planning tool for this study will be a stakeholder involvement program based upon the principles of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS). CSS is an interdisciplinary approach that seeks effective, multimodal transportation solutions by working with stakeholders to develop, build and maintain cost-effective transportation facilities which fit into and reflect the project’s surroundings (its “context”).

Through early, frequent, and meaningful communication with stakeholders and a flexible, creative approach to design, the resulting project should improve safety and mobility for the traveling public while seeking to preserve and enhance the scenic, economic, historic, and natural qualities of the settings through which they pass. CSS stakeholder activities will include Community Advisory Group (CAG) meetings, meetings with special interest groups, and public meetings. All input will be evaluated by the Project Study Group and used to help shape viable solutions.

The CSS project approach enhances public participation in the transportation planning process. CSS will be utilized for the public involvement for this project.

Project Study Group (PSG)
An essential component of IDOT’s CSS procedures is the Project Study Group (PSG). The PSG is formed from the representative members involved in the strategy and execution of the project. The PSG is the decision maker on project design decisions. For the US Route 40 – Formosa Road to Bethany Drive Phase I, the PSG is comprised of members from IDOT, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Volkert Inc., Lin Engineering, and Lochmueller Group.

Alternative Development Process
The Alternative Development Process is a multi-step process of developing, improving, screening, and eliminating alternatives until a preferred alternative is selected. Throughout this process IDOT utilizes CSS to keep the community engaged in the project, which helps to ensure the preferred alternative fits the needs of the community.

The proposed improvements will likely have a standard typical section from curb-to-curb, and therefore do not anticipate the evaluation of multiple typical sections. However, multiple median alternatives (flush, depressed, raised, etc.) may be evaluated within the curb-to-curb limits.
The process begins by screening initial median alternatives (flush, depressed, raised, etc.) to make sure they meet the Purpose and Need of the project and they do not have fatal flaws.

Following this screening, the Alternatives Carried Forward are evaluated in greater detail.
Then the alternatives and their associated impacts are further refined and subsequently screened until a preferred alternative is selected.

The US Route 40, from Formosa Road to Bethany Drive, Preliminary Engineering Study (Phase I) Project Report will be prepared following the requirements of the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NEPA established a national environmental policy intentionally focused on federal activities and the desire for a sustainable environment balanced with other essential needs of present and future generations. The NEPA process is intended to help public officials make decisions that are based on understanding of environmental consequences and take actions that protect, restore, and enhance the environment.

NEPA requires that any federally funded proposed or future action (such as construction of a roadway) be carefully analyzed for all impacts to natural and cultural resources and to the human environment. This analysis must be documented and made available for public review and comment near the end of the study.

Because transportation projects vary in type, size, complexity, and potential effects to the environment, NEPA encompasses three levels of documentation:

  • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – for projects where it is known that the action will have a significant effect on the environment.
  • Environmental Assessment (EA) – for projects in which the significance of the environmental impact is not clearly established.
  • Federally Approved Categorical Exclusions – for actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the environment.

In coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Illinois Division, the US Route 40 Preliminary Engineering Study will be processed as a Federally Approved Categorical Exclusion.

The study includes multiple opportunities for you to participate by submitting comments, attending public meetings and keeping informed through this website and newsletters. We will update this website as the US Route 40 Phase I Study progresses to help you stay informed.
Your participation and input are vital to the success of the study. We value your input and look forward to your participation. To get involved:

  • Join our Mailing List – Please click on the Contact Us tab to request to be joined to the mailing list
  • Submit Comments – Please click on the Contact Us tab to request to submit comments on the project
  • Stay up to date on the study development by viewing documents on the Resources page
  • Attend a Public Meeting

We are engaging the community in the following ways:

  • Community Advisory Group
  • Small group/individual meetings
  • Public meetings
  • Website updates
  • Briefings and presentations
  • Newsletters
  • Media releases

Community Advisory Group (CAG)
IDOT will be forming a Community Advisory Group (CAG) to ensure the values and interests of the community are incorporated into project solutions.

The CAG supports the CSS approach and stakeholder engagement program during the planning process. The CAG may include community leaders, representatives from local municipalities, homeowners, business owners, and local special interest groups.

The CAG assists in identifying and focusing on concerns and comments from a diverse array of interest that it represents. The CAG will provide input at key milestones throughout Phase I of the planning process. CAG meetings will be designed to encourage timely and meaningful input by members.

If you are interested in serving on the CAG, please fill out an application for consideration at the link here.

It is important to note that the CAG does not make final project decisions, as this is the role of the PSG. The CAG will provide a forum for discussion and comment on various project-related issues.

Documents
IDOT is currently at the early stages of Phase I for this project. This site will be updated periodically as the project progresses. This Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wishes to thank you for your support and patience.

Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP)
Stakeholder involvement is critical to the planning process for this study. A Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) has been developed to guide the stakeholder involvement program. To view the Stakeholder Involvement Plan, please click here.

IDOT is currently at the early stages of Phase I for this project. This site will be updated periodically as the project progresses. This Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wishes to thank you for your support and patience.

We are interested in hearing your ideas and opinions! Please let us know what you think about the US Route 40 from Formosa Road to Bethany Drive Phase I Study. Join our project mailing list to stay up to date on important project information.

Please use the email address below to submit a comment or question and/or to join the mailing list.

If you prefer, you may contact us by US mail, email, or telephone:

Illinois Department of Transportation, District 8
Attn: Sarah Wiszkon, P.E., Senior Project Studies Engineer
1102 Eastport Plaza Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234

Email: Sarah.Wiszkon@illinois.gov

Phone: (618) 346-3309

IDOT is currently at the early stages of Phase I for this project. As we make changes, this website will be updated accordingly.

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