Public Involvement

Public Involvement is an interactive process that provides information to the public so they may make informed decisions and offer important input into the solutions that address the community's concerns. A public involvement program has been designed to encourage your participation throughout the study.

The IL 131 Green Bay Road Study Project was designated as a Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) project using the principles of the Illinois Department of Transportation CSS Policy. Public involvement is strongly encouraged during the Phase I study and will continue to proactively seek stakeholder involvement and partnerships.

Per IDOT's CSS procedures, a stakeholder is anyone who could be affected by the project and has a stake in its outcome. Stakeholders are identified as all residents of the study area, and those interested parties who can directly affect the outcome of a planning process. A Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) has been prepared for this project and the SIP will be used as a blueprint for defining methods and tools to educate and engage all stakeholders in the decision-making process for this project.

Opportunities for stakeholders to become informed and involved include:

Public Outreach Meetings

Stakeholder involvement will be an ongoing process from project initiation through completion. Various meetings will be held throughout the project development process to provide outreach opportunities to all stakeholders.

Small Group Meetings
Small group meetings will engage stakeholders, share information and foster discussion by addressing specific project issues, allowing for more specialized discussions and input, and aiding the general public in better understanding the project goals and objectives.
Stakeholder Workshops
Multiple stakeholder workshops will be conducted as a means to obtain stakeholder input regarding various project issues and potential system solutions.
Agency & Municipal Meetings
Agency and Municipal meetings will be held to discuss and coordinate specific project issues with those that would be impacted by the project.
Elected Officials Briefings
Briefings will be conducted with local and regional elected officials, including legislators, regarding project updates and progress.
Speakers Bureau
A speakers bureau, consisting of IDOT and Consultant staff, will be assembled to present project-related information to interested local civic or service organizations.
Public Meetings / Public Hearings
Project meetings will be held at key milestones (see study process) during the project development phase to update and obtain comments from the public. The purpose of the meetings will be to solicit the preferences and opinions of those who participate regarding the information presented. A public hearing may be held near the end of Phase I.
Comments received at the public meetings will be documented and the information will be considered as a part of the analysis and evaluation of the improvement alternatives. Individuals on the mailing list will receive invitations in the mail announcing meeting information.

Other Mechanisms for Public Involvement

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
To support public meeting invitations, newsletter distribution and other direct public contact, a mailing list will be developed and updated. 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 information please fill out the comment and mailing list forms.
Newsletters
Newsletters will be developed over the course of the study. These publications will feature the latest project news and information about the project. Past issues will be made available in the Information Center.
Comments
To tell us what you think, fill out the comment form, or write to:
  1. Illinois Department of Transportation — District One
  2. IL 131 Green Bay Road Project
  3. Lori Brown, P.E.
  4. Project Manager/Senior Consultant Studies Engineer
  5. Bureau of Programming
  6. 201 W. Center Court
  7. Schaumburg, IL 60196
If you would like to receive the newsletters and other mailings, please fill out the mailing list form.

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