Illinois 47—US Route 14 to Charles Road
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Third Round of Public Meetings Well Attended

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) received a lot of feedback at the recent public outreach events which included the project's third public meeting, held on July 9, 2014, as well as the Business Owner Meeting held on October 23, 2014 hosted by the City of Woodstock and the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The two meetings had a combined attendance of over 140 stakeholders who issued more than 60 comments on the project. The comments received included support for the project and the proposed alternatives as well as identifying concerns with proposed design elements associated with each alternative.

Recognizing the concerns expressed at the recent meeting, IDOT will be continuing to work with stakeholders, including business owners, the City of Woodstock, and the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce & Industry to further refine the alternatives to minimize impacts as much as possible throughout the corridor. IDOT is in the process of revising the proposed plans in response to comments expressed at the recent public outreach meetings, such as access modifications. However, some comments require additional analyses to be completed before they can be addressed. As such, IDOT is currently working with their study team to perform additional analyses to properly evaluate the questions and concerns raised at the recent meetings. The additional analyses are anticipated to be completed by summer 2015 and IDOT will be reaching out to stakeholders at that time and potentially setting up additional informational meetings as necessary. The preferred alternative will be presented at the next Community Advisory Group (CAG) anticipated for summer 2015 and at the public hearing anticipated for fall 2015.

Phase II (Contract Plan Preparation) is currently funded and will begin upon completion of the Phase I study which is anticipated to occur in late 2015. Land acquisition (Phase II), construction (Phase III), and construction engineering (Phase III) are not currently included in the Department's Fiscal Year 2015-2020 Proposed Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program. However, funding for this project will be considered among similar improvement needs throughout the region.

We appreciate your interest in the Illinois Route 47 Study and look forward to your continued participation. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Mr. John Baldauf, P.E., Project Manager, at (847) 705-4103.

IDOT Studying IL 47 through Woodstock

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has initiated the Illinois Route 47 Phase I Planning and Environmental Study. This study is examining the transportation needs of this corridor through an extensive public involvement process. The study area is located in McHenry County, extending approximately 4.5 miles from U.S. Route 14 to Charles Road, and passes through the City of Woodstock, Illinois.

Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) is Developed

The purpose of the SIP is to provide a guide for implementing stakeholder involvement for the study. 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. The SIP has been designed to ensure that stakeholders are provided a number of opportunities to be informed and engaged as the project progresses.

The goal of the SIP is to actively seek the participation of communities, agencies, individual interest groups, and the general public throughout the project development process. The SIP provides the framework for achieving consensus and communicating the decision-making process between the general public, public agencies, and governmental officials to identify transportation solutions for the project.

The SIP:

  • Identifies stakeholders
  • Identifies Project Study Group (PSG)
  • Identifies the roles and responsibilities of the lead agency
  • Identifies participating agencies and agency responsibilities
  • Identifies Citizen Advisory Group (CAG), and its role and responsibilities
  • Establishes the timing and type of involvement activities with all stakeholders
  • Establishes stakeholder requirements for providing timely input to the project development process

Review the IL Route 47 SIP (PDF/2.0 MB)

Citizen Advisory Group will Influence Decisions

Interaction with potentially affected communities is important for ensuring that IDOT proposals are consistent with community goals and objectives. To provide a forum for discussions of details about the goals, objectives, potential improvements, and design of Illinois Route 47, IDOT is forming a Citizen Advisory Group (CAG). The CAG will consist of community leaders in the study area, and stakeholders with expertise or technical interest in environmental, land use, transportation, and economic development that are affected by the study. The purpose of the CAG is to provide input on various study elements including defining needs and alternative development and evaluation criteria. The responsibilities of this group include providing input to the study process, and reaching a consensus at key project milestones, e.g. project Purpose and Need, range of alternatives to be advanced for detailed study, and the recommended alternative(s).

Business and Property Owner Meetings Held

Ten (10) small group meetings were conducted for business and property owners who are located within the IL-47 corridor, starting from the southern part of the study area and moving north. The intent was to review the preliminary preferred alternative, to discuss opportunities for cross access along the corridor and to provide business and property owners an opportunity to provide feedback in a smaller group setting. These meetings were prompted by a desire to go above and beyond what is mandated and allow time for individual owners to speak to project study group members independently. 121 individual Business/Property Owners attended and had the opportunity for a one-on-one discussion about their specific questions with Project Team members. A full summary of these meetings and the meeting presentation are available in the Information Center. Roll plots showing the current preferred alternative are also included and incorporate all the proposed changes that resulted from the ten meetings. Because additional engineering is ongoing, these drawings could potentially require further changes in the future.

Public Hearing Anticipated Winter 2018

Currently the study team is consolidating stakeholder input from the Public Meeting and developing the preferred alternative that best meets the project's Purpose and Need. This involves a five-step process:

  1. Select and refine the preferred alternative
  2. Complete the analysis of potential impacts
  3. Prepare environmental documentation
  4. Present the preferred alternative to the Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) and obtain input.
  5. Present the preferred alternative and environmental document at a Public Hearing anticipated in Summer/Fall 2017 and obtain input.

Third Round of Public Meetings Well Attended

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) received a lot of feedback at the recent public outreach events which included the project's third public meeting, held on July 9, 2014, as well as the Business Owner Meeting held on October 23, 2014 hosted by the City of Woodstock and the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The two meetings had a combined attendance of over 140 stakeholders who issued more than 60 comments on the project. The comments received included support for the project and the proposed alternatives as well as identifying concerns with proposed design elements associated with each alternative.

IDOT Holds Third Public Meeting

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has held a third Public Meeting for the IL 47 Preliminary Engineering and Environmental (Phase I) Study. The purpose of the meeting was to present the project Purpose and Need, proposed alternatives, and obtain public input.

View the meeting presentation

IDOT Holds Second Public Meeting
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has held the second Public Meeting for the Illinois Route 47 Preliminary Engineering and Environmental (Phase I) Study.

IDOT to Study IL 47 Through Woodstock
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is initiating the Illinois Route 47 Phase I Planning and Environmental Study.

Citizen Advisory Group will Influence Decisions
Interaction with potentially affected communities is important for ensuring that IDOT proposals are consistent with community goals and objectives.

Public Meetings/Hearings

IDOT Solicits Input on Development of Potential Project Alternatives

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) continues to seek public input on the current and future transportation issues and needs for the Illinois Route 47 Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Study, and has scheduled a second Public Meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to present the draft project Purpose and Need as well as solicit public input and ideas on the development of potential project alternatives.

A public meeting was held on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at the Challenger Learning Center, 222 Church Street, Woodstock, Illinois, 60098. View a presentation from the September 15, 2010 public meeting.

IDOT Seeks Input on Transportation Issues at Public Meeting - February 2010

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is seeking public input on the current and future transportation issues and needs for the Illinois Route 47 study area. The study will take a detailed look at transportation needs of the corridor and includes an extensive public involvement process. The project will include an analysis of the existing roadway, drainage and intersection deficiencies and an examination of the impacts that any proposed improvements will have on the community and the environment.

A public meeting was held on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center, 222 Church Street, Woodstock, Illinois 60098. View a presentation from the February 3, 2010, public meeting.