The US 51 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The purpose of this planning study is to evaluate a transportation improvement between CR 900N (south of Pana) and CR 2150 N (east of Irvington) that will meet local and regional needs while improving safety and enhancing mobility.
The project team is currently evaluating the remaining alternatives. The impacts resulting from the remaining alternatives were presented to the Citizens Advisory Groups (CAG) in June, 2013. To read more about the CAG meetings clickhere.
The impacts resulting from the remaining alternatives will be described in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The DEIS discusses impacts to numerous environmental and cultural resources in greater detail than in the previous analyses. The DEIS analysis includes impacts to homes, businesses, water quality, air quality, visual resources, and a traffic noise analysis. The DEIS will be available for public review tentatively in spring 2014 with a public hearing to be held shortly after. Based upon the environmental and community impacts, and with consideration given to public comments received, a Preferred Alternative will be selected in each community.
To see the remaining alternatives on an interactive map click here.