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FAQs

What is Context Sensitive Solutions?
What is a stakeholder?
Who is the Bus I-55/South Sixth Street Expansion Advisory Committee and what do they do?
How can I get involved?
What is the scope of this project?
What is the project schedule?
When will construction begin?
Is this project funded?
How can I keep informed on the study's progress?

What is Context Sensitive Solutions?
Context Sensitive Solutions is an interdisciplinary approach to projects that seeks effective, multi-modal transportation solutions by working with stakeholders to develop, build and maintain cost effective transportation facilities which fit into the project's surroundings - its "context". While this definition may seem complicated, the most important facet to the public should be that IDOT will be trying to work with the community as a whole to develop a solution for the Bus I-55/South Sixth Street Corridor . For more information on IDOT's Context Sensitive Solutions guidelines, please visit the IDOT website for CSS at: http://www.dot.il.gov/css/home.html. IDOT's goal for the Bus I-55/South Sixth Street project is to increase safety and mobility for the traveling public, while seeking to preserve and enhance the scenic, economic, historic, and environmental resources along the corridor for the local community. To gain the community's input, IDOT will form a Community Advisory Group (CAG). The CAG is made up from representatives of the Project Stakeholders and provides input on the project's potential solutions.
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What is a stakeholder?
Community stakeholders are individuals or organizations/groups with a stake, an interest, or an investment in a community issue or outcome. Their interest may stem from a professional or personal interest in an issue or may result from a commitment to achieve some outcome. A first step in achieving meaningful public involvement in project development involves identifying the individuals and organizations/groups likely to be affected by the project, those who have a "stake" in its outcome. For the Bus I-55/South Sixth Street Study, stakeholders will include members from the local community, businesses, local officials, transportation service providers and others who will serve to represent the community's ideas, concerns and values and will advise IDOT throughout the planning study. Stakeholders are people likely to support the project as well as those likely to oppose it. The views and feedback of stakeholders are important to receive and consider during a project to ensure a comprehensive solution is developed.
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Who is the Bus I-55/South Sixth Street Expansion Community Advisory Group and what do they do?
The CAG formed for the Bus I-55/South Sixth Street Expansion project includes representatives from business groups, residents, churches, the municipalities, and other civic organizations with an interest the project. The CAG is named the Business I-55/South Sixth Street Expansion Community Advisory Group (CAG). The CAG meets with the Project Study Group during the project development process to provide input on the issues that are important to the community and assist the Project Study Group in identifying, developing and evaluating alternative solutions, and then selecting a preferred alternative.
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How can I get involved?
Two public meetings and one public hearing were held for the Bus I-55/South Sixth Street Expansion Study. The first public meeting was held in November 2011. The purpose of the first meeting was to introduce the project to the community and seek members for the Advisory Group. The second public meeting was held in spring 2014 to review reasonable alternatives to be studied in detail, and a public hearing was held in summer 2015 to present an overview of the study and the preferred alternative. Project information was displayed at these meetings, Project Study Group representatives were available to answer questions and discuss project details, and comment forms were available to submit comments.

You can also submit comments via electronic comment form provided in this website in Get Involved tab.
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What is the scope of this project?
IDOT's scope for this project to improve Bus I-55/South Sixth Street was to evaluate the safety and capacity of the roadway and intersections from north of I-72/I-55 to Stanford Avenue in Springfield. This study determined the need for additional traffic lanes and other improvements in order to increase capacity and safety for all roadway users throughout the study corridor. Since improvements to this roadway facility will affect the community, public input was vital.
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What is the project schedule?
IDOT plans, designs, and constructs projects in three phases. Phase I is the preliminary design and environmental study of the project, Phase II is the preparation of the final design and construction bid documents, and Phase III is the actual construction of the project. The Phase I process was completed in spring 2018 and design approval was received by the FHWA on April 5, 2018. Phase II was started and is currently ongoing.
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When will construction begin?
This project does not have construction funds in IDOT's multi-year (2019-2024) program.
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Is this project funded?
Phase I (preliminary design and environmental study) and Phase II (final design and construction bid documents) are funded. However, the project does not have funding for construction in IDOT"s multi-year (2019-2024) program.
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How can I keep informed on the study's progress?
The best way to keep updated is to check this web site. The web site will evolve and updates will become more frequent as the project moves forward. You may submit an electronic comment form ("comment" field optional) in the Get Involved tab.
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