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 Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold a series of open house public hearings to present the remaining alternatives of US 51. All interested parties are invited to attend and participate. This will be the last opportunity for the public to comment on the remaining alternatives at a public meeting. Details of the public hearings are as follows:
Wednesday March 26, 2014 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Centralia American Best Value Inn 200 E. Noleman Street Centralia, IL 62801
Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sandoval Village Hall 132 E. Commercial Avenue Sandoval, IL 62882
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Patoka Civic Center 209 W. Bond Avenue Patoka, IL, 62875
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mother of Dolors Parish Center 322 N. 7th Street Vandalia, Illinois 62471
Thursday, April 3, 2014 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ramsey Elementary School 610 W. 6th Street Ramsey, IL 62080
You may attend at any time between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. The content presented at each meeting will be identical. NO FORMAL PRESENTATION WILL BE GIVEN. IDOT personnel and representatives from the consultant team will be on hand to answer questions and receive comments about the proposed project. A Court Reporter will be available at the public hearings to take oral testimony. The public may also submit written comments to Jerry Payonk, 125 West Church Street, Champaign, IL 61820. All comments received by April 21, 2014 will be included in the official public hearing record. Property acquisition and relocation assistance information will be available. Exhibits and maps of the alternatives developed in the study will be available for review during the entire time as will copies of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). Content presented at the Public Hearings will be available on this website after March 26, 2014.
This public hearing will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance should contact the person noted below at least five days prior to the public hearings. Persons planning to attend who will need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the Department’s TTY/TTD number (800) 526-0844/or 711; TTY users (Spanish) (800) 501-0864/or 711; and Telebraille (877) 526-6670 at least five (5) days prior to the meeting.
The DEIS is available for public review on this website here. The document discusses the alternatives that were evaluated and the project’s potential impacts on the natural and built environment in the study area. Hard copies of the DEIS are available for viewing at the following locations:
Carnegie-Schuyler Library 303 E. 2nd Street Pana, IL 62557
Patoka Public Library 210 W. Bond Avenue Patoka, IL 62875
Centralia Regional Library 515 E. Broadway Centralia, IL 62801
Sandoval Branch Library 118 E. Commercial Avenue Sandoval, IL 62882
Nokomis Public Library 22 S. Cedar Street Nokomis, IL 62075
To see the remaining alternatives on an interactive map click here.