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McLean and Livingston Counties: Old Route 66 Planning and Environmental Linkages Study

The Illinois Department of Transportation has initiated a Planning & Environmental Linkages (PEL) study to consider improvements to Old Route 66 from U.S. 24 in Chenoa to Illinois 116 in Pontiac. The project is located in Livingston and McLean Counties.

With its extensive reach throughout many communities, IDOT is preparing a layered approach to public involvement for the project. These efforts include the formation of a Corridor Advisory Group (CAG) and hosting a public information meeting to receive questions and feedback from community members, stakeholders, and residents. IDOT is committed to providing the public with transparent and informative communication throughout the study’s progression. This website has been created to provide information to the public about the project, and to facilitate public input by providing a means to ask questions or comment on the project.

A Public Information Meeting is tentatively planned for Summer 2022. Additional information regarding this meeting will be provided on this website as it becomes available.

If you have questions or comments about the project, please send an email with your name, contact information, and question/comment to David S. Alexander P.E., IDOT District 3 Location & Environmental Studies Engineer, David.S.Alexander@illinois.gov. Comments received throughout the study and public involvement process will become part of the study document and public record.

Overview

The Planning & Environmental Linkages Study (PEL) is in Livingston and McLean Counties along Old Route 66 from Chenoa to Pontiac, Illinois. The PEL will:

  • Identify transportation needs for the corridor.
  • Establish improvement goals for this section of Route 66.
  • Develop alternatives for the rehabilitation of the route and identify impacts of those alternatives related to traffic, environmental, and other applicable criteria
  • Incorporate public involvement initiatives, such as the formation of a Corridor Advisory Group (CAG) to provide insights to the Study Team regarding the Route’s significance to the local area.

In addition, the Study Team will plan a public information meeting in Summer 2022 to receive questions and feedback from community members, stakeholders, and residents.

Schedule

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.

The PEL study occurs prior to Phase I to provide direction for the Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Studies.

At this time, funding has only been identified for the PEL study. Funding for Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III will continue to be monitored and considered for inclusion in future Proposed Highway Improvement Programs.

Resources

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

 

Planning and Environmental Linkages Documents

Planning and Environmental Linkages Documents will be posted to this site 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.

Press Releases

Press releases will be posted to this site as they become available.

Get Involved

A Public Information Meeting is planned for Summer 2022. Additional information regarding this meeting will be provided on this website as it becomes available.

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 project, please send an email with your name, contact information, and question/comment to David S. Alexander P.E., IDOT District 3 Location & Environmental Studies Engineer, David.S.Alexander@illinois.gov.

Comments can also be submitted via mail to:

Region Two Engineer
Attn: Studies and Plans Contract No. 66M14
Illinois Department of Transportation, District 3
700 East Norris Drive
Ottawa, Illinois 61350

Comments received throughout the study and public involvement process will become part of the study document and public record.

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