Frequently Asked Question's
Q: What is the purpose of this study?
A: The purpose of the I-90 Improvements Study is to
improve safety and traffic operations, as well as provide an
appropriate transition between the Jane Addams Memorial
Tollway and the Kennedy Expressway.
Q: What is the Phase I project process?
STEP 1: Analyze Existing Conditions – The study team will
evaluate existing conditions in the corridor to identify
deficiencies and problems. Meetings will be held with
representatives of the communities in the study area to
gather information on their issues and concerns within the
project corridor. IDOT will also hold a Public Meeting on
March 26, 2013 to present the identified issues, concerns
and transportation needs to project stakeholders as well as
solicit feedback about the project.
STEP 2: Develop Purpose and Need Statement – Using the
information obtained in Step 1, IDOT will develop a Problem
Statement and a Purpose and Need Statement. The Problem
Statement summarizes the identified issues and concerns for
the project. It will guide the development of the Purpose
and Need for the project, which is an explanation of why the
project is needed. IDOT will hold a meeting with the Project
Working Group (PWG), which will be comprised of mayors or
other representatives of the communities, to aid in
developing the Problem Statement and the Purpose and Need.
STEP 3: Develop and Analyze Potential Improvements – The
third step in the study process involves the identification
of possible improvements and development of the criteria to
evaluate those improvements. IDOT anticipates holding the
second meeting with the PWG during this step. Preliminary
engineering design will also occur during this step. A
recommended set of improvements will be identified using the
evaluation criteria, as well as feedback from the PWG.
STEP 4: Evaluate Potential Impacts and Benefits – Once
the recommended improvements have been identified, the
potential impacts and benefits will be evaluated. The
findings of this analysis will be presented and discussed
with the PWG during the final meeting with the group,
documented in the Phase I engineering report, and presented
for review and comment at the Public Hearing. This report
will also include the environmental analysis required by
state and federal laws. IDOT will consider the findings of
the technical analyses, as well as all public and
stakeholder input collected throughout the Phase I study, as
it makes the final decision on the project. IDOT anticipates
holding the public hearing in late summer or early fall of
Q: When will this study be complete?
A: The I-90 from I-190 to IL 43 Study is anticipated to
have a design approval by the end of 2013.
Q: Who is a project stakeholder?
A: I-90 Improvements Study stakeholders are individuals
and organizations that are actively involved in the project,
or whose interests may be affected as a result of project
completion. Stakeholder involvement is critical to the
success of this project and an integral part of the Context
Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process.
Q: What is Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)?
A: Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) became official
policy for the Department of Transportation (IDOT) in August
of 2005. Context Sensitive Solutions is an interdisciplinary
approach that seeks effective, multimodal transportation
solutions by working with stakeholders to develop, build and
maintain cost-effective transportation facilities which fit
into and reflect the project’s surroundings – its “context.”
More information on CSS can be found on
Q: Who is involved in this project?
A: The project is being conducted by the Illinois
Department of Transportation (IDOT). Representatives from
Cook County, the Village of Harwood Heights, Village of
Norridge, City of Park Ridge, and City of Chicago have been
invited to take part in the stakeholder involvement process.
Various organizations, from local to state, as well as
interested residents have also been invited to take part in
the stakeholder involvement process.
Q: When will construction start?
A: Currently phase III (Construction) is not funded yet.
Q: How can I get involved?
A: Continue to check the project website for updates and
view the Get Involved page. If you would like to receive
notifications of scheduled meetings, newsletters, and
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