Through extensive planning for the I-80 Des Plaines River Bridge project, the Department has determined that it would be necessary to acquire certain properties to implement the project. Throughout the outreach process, mailings and one on one outreach have been conducted to contact property owners who potentially would be displaced because of the project.
In accordance with Department Policy, acquisition of private property for the project will not be pursued until the environmental analysis is complete.
Property owners and tenants who would be affected by acquisition and relocation under the I-80 project are protected under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended (known simply as the “Uniform Act”), along with state regulations. The Department will treat property owners and tenants fairly and will endeavor to seek cooperative settlements of property acquisitions.
In addition, the Department will provide financial assistance and relocation services for property owners, as well as commercial and residential tenants who must move because of the project.
For a larger view of the map and related table of properties, click here.
Real Estate Tax Mitigation
Outside the Uniform Act benefits, the Department will offer property tax mitigation to owners of owner-occupied dwellings (own and live in their current dwellings) requiring acquisition due to the I-80 Des Plaines River Bridge improvement. To minimize or mitigate the impact of possible higher property taxes, the Department will offer to owners of owner-occupied properties a one-time lump sum relief payment within 60 days of the date the resident is relocated. The Department and the Federal Highway Administration are committed to offering this mitigation measure for owner occupied properties displaced by the I-80 Des Plaines River Bridge improvement.
Because this mitigation is being offered outside of the Uniform Act, if chosen, it must be reported as income and therefore may be taxable. For this reason, the owner may choose to decline all or part of this benefit.
It is important that recipients of this benefit understand any impacts it may have on their individual or family’s taxes, retirement benefits, or social service benefits or eligibility for state and federal programs. Therefore, owners may want to seek their own tax counseling services to determine if this benefit is right for them.
Property Acquisition Frequently Asked Questions
For frequently asked questions about potential property acquisition and relocation, please visit the FAQs page.