Public Involvement Opportunities
In addition to the meeting opportunities described in the preceding section, there will be several other methods for the public to obtain information about the project. These methods (noted below) will provide information and opportunity for feedback regarding upcoming 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 will be printed over the course of the study. These publications will feature the latest project news and will be used as a means of communicating information requested about the project.
- Comment and Mailing List Form Please fill out a comment form , as we are interested in your thoughts and ideas. Additionally, if you would like to receive project newsletters and other mailings, please fill out the mailing list form .
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 Bowman, Barrett & Associates, 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
HNTB is the primary consultant for planning and engineering for the study. HNTB is one of the most prominent design and planning firms in the nation. The three operating companies of HNTB Companies include HNTB Corporation, transportation, engineering, planning and construction management firm; HNTB Architecture Inc., whose design professionals provide services to the buildings market; and HNTB Federal Services Corporation, which provides federal-sector clients diverse infrastructure services. Employee-owned, with almost 4,000 employees and more than 60 offices nationwide, HNTB serves clients with integrity, technical excellence and a commitment to performance providing quality work, on time, on budget and to the client's satisfaction. The I-80 project is being led from HNTB's Chicago office. www.hntb.com
Patrick Engineering is a nationwide engineering, design and project management firm with a long history of success on a variety of complex infrastructure projects. Their expanding client list includes key government agencies, private and public utilities and FORTUNE 500 companies in a broad range of industries. Patrick’s focus on providing pre-construction services, procurement, and construction management of heavy civil infrastructure projects. They accomplish this with technical experts in the fields of civil, structural, hydraulic, environmental, geotechnical, and electrical engineering, geology, surveying, construction management, process control, and GIS. Engineering News Record (ENR) has included Patrick in its ENR Top 500 for 17 consecutive years. They have also been ranked as one of the Midwest’s Top 10 Design Firms for the past five years. www.patrickengineering.com
Bowman, Barrett & Associates
Bowman, Barrett & Associates Inc. (BB&A) is a full-service engineering consulting firm founded by Louis Bowman and John Barrett in December 1989. For 20 years, BB&A has provided innovative and practical solutions for a wide-range of private and public clients. Their project work includes airports, building structures, construction management, roadway systems, highway structures and railroads. BB&A employs a staff of over 75 professionals with exceptional credentials covering virtually all aspects of planning, design and construction management. www.bbandainc.com