Public Involvement Opportunities
In addition to the meeting opportunities described in the preceding section, there were several other methods for the public to obtain information about the project. These methods (noted below) provided information and opportunity for feedback regarding public meeting events, project schedule, and general project status updates within the study area.
- Mailing List and e-subscription To support public meeting invitations, newsletter distribution and other direct public contact, a mailing list has been developed. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses will be added to the list, as available. If you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive project printed collateral or to receive electronic notices about website updates and/or meeting notices, please fill out the mailing list form.
- Newsletters Newsletters were printed over the course of the study. These publications will featured the latest project news and were used as a means of communicating information requested about the project.
- Comment Please fill out a comment form, as we are interested in your thoughts and ideas.
Project Study Team
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will act as joint lead agencies for preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the I-80 Phase I project to satisfy NEPA requirements. As such, FHWA and IDOT are the ultimate decision-makers for this project.
The lead consultant for the study is HBP Illinois Partners, a joint venture, that is comprised of HNTB Corporation, Patrick Engineering, and Gannett Fleming, planning and engineering design firms. Images, Inc. and other sub-consultants - each provide with unique expertise that will support the lead consultant.
Illinois Department of Transportation
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) District 1 is leading the I-80 Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Studies (Phase I). IDOT has responsibility for planning, construction and maintenance of Illinois' extensive transportation network, which encompasses, highways and bridges, airports, public transit, rail freight and rail passenger systems. The mission of IDOT is to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity, and demonstrate respect for the environment. www.dot.state.il.us
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the lead federal agency for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process. The vision of the FHWA is to create the best transportation system in the world for the American people through proactive leadership, innovation, and excellence in service. They also provide expertise, resources, and information to continually improve the quality of our nation's highway system and its inter-modal connections. We undertake this mission in cooperation with all of our partners to enhance the country's economic vitality,quality of life, and the environment. The FHWA is a part of the Department of Transportation and is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with field offices across the United States. www.fhwa.dot.gov