Alton-Godfrey Study

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Welcome to the official web site for the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has created this site to provide information about the study and to facilitate public input and participation in the study.

Please take a few minutes to explore the information available on the site. Study updates, public involvement opportunities, and relevant information will be posted to the site throughout the study. Bookmark this page and check back often for the latest news about the study.

If you would like to submit your comments or questions, or sign up for the study mailing list, please visit the Get Involved section of this website.

Thank you for your interest in the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study. IDOT appreciates your participation and input.

 

 

Project Update – July 2015

  • The third Public Informational Meeting will be held Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Alton High School, 4200 Humbert Road, Alton. For more information, visit the Get Involved section of this website, then click on Meetings and Events.
  • Since the second Public Informational Meeting in November 2014, the study team has been evaluating the four study Alternatives Carried Forward (plus the No-Build alternative) to identify a Preferred Alternative. This process included reviewing, considering and responding to comments received at the public meeting.
  • The study team is drafting an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Draft EIS is anticipated being available for public review and comment at a Public Hearing in late 2015, which is not yet scheduled.
  • Engineering and environmental studies and land surveying are ongoing.

Project Update – November 2014

  • The second Public Informational Meeting will be held Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Alton High School Commons, 4200 Humbert Road, Alton.  For more information, visit the Get Involved section of this website, then click on Meetings and Events.
  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the study’s Purpose and Need in November 2013
  • Community Advisory Group (CAG) meetings were held in November 2013, April and May 2014; and October 2014
  • The study team is in the process of developing, evaluating and refining conceptual alignments within the study area
  • Field work, including land surveys, stream evaluations, wetland surveys and pavement and bridge evaluations, is ongoing
  • The next Public Informational Meeting is expected to be held in Fall 2014, to bring the public up to date on the study’s progress and present the alternatives developed by the study team

Note: IDOT projects typically have three distinct phases. Phase I (or the project Study) consists of developing the project scope, environmental studies and preliminary design of a project. Phase II (Design) consists of refining the design to develop contract plans and land acquisition. Phase III (Construction) consists of the actual construction of the project.

 

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is conducting a transportation study of connectivity, circulation, and safety conditions in the Alton and Godfrey area. The study focuses on an area bounded roughly by Homer Adams Parkway (IL Route 3 / IL Route 111) on the south (including the triangular area south of Route 3/111 and bounded by US Route 67 and Alton Square Mall Drive); Seminary Road on the east; Seiler Road on the north; and Godfrey Road (US Route 67 / IL Route 111) on the west (study area map above).

The purpose of this study is to identify options that could improve transportation mobility and safety between IL Route 255 and IL Route 111 (Homer Adams Parkway), as well as improve connections between IL Route 3/111 and US Route 67.  IDOT and its engineering consultant team, aided by input from the public, will inventory existing conditions (such as traffic data and crash history), identify and document environmental constraints, and develop and refine improvement options (alternatives). The result of the study will be a preferred alternative that addresses identified transportation issues and serves the area’s future needs.

About 170,000 vehicle trips are made each day in the study area.  Nearly 89% of these trips are local; 11% are “pass through” trips with origins and destinations outside the study area.  With a demand for more than 150,000 local daily trips, this area has a strong need for a robust local road system.

An inclusive, responsive public involvement program is an essential part of the study. The public involvement program is being implemented using the principles of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS), and follows the policies and procedures for CSS as developed by IDOT. CSS is a collaborative approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits into its surroundings and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources while maintaining safety and mobility. More information on CSS and how to provide your input to the study can be found in the Get Involved section of this website.

NEPA Process:
This study will be prepared following the requirements of the National Environment Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. NEPA established a national environmental policy intentionally focused on federal activities and the desire for a sustainable environment balanced with other essential needs of present and future generations.
NEPA requires that any federally funded proposed or future action (such as construction of a roadway) be carefully analyzed for all impacts to natural and cultural resources and to the human environment. This analysis must be documented and made available for public review and comment near the end of the study.
Because transportation projects vary in type, size, complexity, and potential to affect the environment, NEPA encompasses three levels of documentation:

  • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – for projects where it is known that the action will have a significant effect on the environment.
  • Environmental Assessment (EA) – for actions in which the significance of the environmental impact is not clearly established.
  • Categorical Exclusions (CEs) – for actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the environment.

Although the level of environmental documentation for the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study has not yet been determined, IDOT is following the requirements for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

A cornerstone of the EIS is the Purpose and Need.  As its name implies, the Purpose and Need explains in detail why the study is needed; the key points are summarized above.  In November 2013, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approved the study’s Purpose and Need.  Since part of this study is federally funded, the FHWA’s approval was necessary.

NEPA also requires that the public be given the opportunity to participate in the study’s development and have input to the decision making process. IDOT’s CSS process and the public involvement program developed for this study will fulfill the NEPA requirement.

If you are interested in learning more about NEPA, please click here to visit the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) site on NEPA and Project Development.

Alternatives Development Process

As illustrated in the following graphic, the development of alternatives is a multi-step process.

The process begins with the development of the initial conceptual corridors, which are broad bands from 500 to 1,000 feet wide.  The corridors are intended to encompass a wide area for the development of a range of transportation improvements.  A “fatal flaw” screening is conducted, which evaluates each corridor to determine if a characteristic or part of the corridor would render it infeasible, unable to be constructed, or economically unattainable.

Within these corridors, alternatives – narrower bands intended to represent a specific roadway improvement – are then developed.  A number of factors must be considered when developing alternatives, such as adhering to engineering criteria; balancing mobility; community needs; environmental impacts; cost-effectiveness; the need for a safe roadway; and public input.

A purpose and need screening is then performed on the alternatives.  This screening evaluates how well the alternatives meet the project’s defined Purpose and Need, as approved by the Federal Highway Administration:

“The purpose of the project is to make improvements to the local roadway system, to improve continuity

and connectivity between its major traffic destinations and IL Route 255, as well as to provide better

connections between IL Route 3/111 and US Route 67.”

Those alternatives that are not deemed feasible for further study are eliminated from further consideration.  Those that remain are called reasonable alternatives.

The reasonable alternatives are then evaluated based on a range of engineering, social, economic, and environmental criteria.  This process allows the study team to compare the alternatives to each other based on their impacts to the community, the natural and cultural environment, and property in addition to assessing how well these alternatives meet the goals of the project.  This step provides the study team with an opportunity to identify what alternatives are the most beneficial with the least amount of impacts. 

This step leads to the Alternatives to be Carried Forward, for more detailed study.  The alternatives and their associated impacts will be provided to the CAG and the public for their input, with the goal of identifying a preferred alternative that satisfies the study’s Purpose and Need.

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This study constitutes Phase I (a location and environmental study) of IDOT’s three-phase project development process, as shown on the timeline graphic below.

Although Phase III (construction) is part of the overall project development process, construction is not a foregone conclusion. The results of the Alton-Godfrey Transportation study – feedback from the public, analysis of current and projected conditions, and the NEPA document – will help determine what improvements, if any, will need to be made to area roadways.

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Periodically throughout this project, there will be field personnel out studying varied environmental resources in support of preparing the Environmental Impact Statement. This could include research of wetlands, streams, habitats of threatened and endangered species of plants or animals, cultural resources (i.e. archeological sites, historic properties), bridges and culverts, road pavements, and traffic. Personnel may use wood stakes to mark an area for field study. The field personnel will attempt to communicate with private property owners the fact that surveys are being performed. Field personnel will ring the door bell of private properties that they need to enter to complete surveys. This letter will be hand-delivered to property owners or left attached to the front door if not answered before entrance onto private property.

Property Letter

Meetings and Events:

Third Public Informational Meeting

Exhibits

Alternatives Previously Brought Forward

Alternatives Not Recommended

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Second Public Informational Meeting

The second Public Informational Meeting was held Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Alton High School Commons, 4200 Humbert Road, Alton.

The purpose of this meeting was to update the public on the study’s progress; explain the alternatives development process; present the study alternatives proposed to be carried forward for the next stage of evaluation; and provide an opportunity for feedback and comment on the study.

The meeting was held in an open-house format.  No formal presentations were made.  Interested persons were able to attend anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 and review the study information at their own pace.  IDOT representatives and consultant team members were available to discuss the project and answer questions. All of this material is available for download below.

Meeting attendees were provided with comment forms and asked to provide their input on transportation issues that should be considered by the study team.  You are welcome to provide your comments to IDOT regarding the study by printing and mailing the form below.  Comments should be mailed by December 27th for consideration by the study team.  Following this comment period, a summary of comments received will be prepared and posted on this page.

Meeting Summary

Handouts:

Exhibits:

Alternatives Not Carried Forward

Alternatives Carried Forward


First Public Information Meeting
The study’s first public informational meeting was held May 3, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Alton High School Commons, and was attended by 85 people.

The meeting was held in an open house format.  IDOT and their consultant team members discussed the study with meeting attendees and answered questions.  Those in attendance were able to view display boards, maps,  and other material that showed current traffic, crash, land use, and environmental data; explained the public involvement and environmental study processes; and asked for volunteers for the study’s Community Advisory Group (CAG).  All of this material is available for download below.

Meeting attendees were provided with comment forms and asked to provide their input on transportation issues that should be considered by the study team .  You are welcome to provide your comments to IDOT regarding the study by printing and mailing the form below.  Comments should be mailed by May 17, 2012 for consideration by the study team.  Following this comment period, a summary of comments received will be prepared and posted on this page.

Meeting Summary

Handouts:

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Community Advisory Group

An important part of the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study and the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process is extensive public participation in the study process. One highlight of our public involvement program is the formation of a Community Advisory Group (CAG).

The purpose of the CAG is to provide input on various elements of the study, including developing a problem statement, identifying issues important to the community and providing feedback on alternatives.

The CAG will function as a liaison between IDOT and the community as a whole, and will help generate interest in and knowledge about the study. This will help ensure opinions, values, and concerns of the community are shared with the study team, and that information developed by the team is distributed to the broader public.

It is important that the CAG be representative of all the varied interests and viewpoints that exist within the study area. The CAG is expected to be comprised of volunteers who represent a wide variety of local interests, such as elected leaders, police and fire officials, schools, hospitals, residents, businesses, and others with a stake in the study’s outcome.

Roles of CAG members:

  • Share information from the community with the study team
  • Share information from the study team with the community
  • Help ensure that community values and environment (context) are considered CAG members provide input to the Project Study Group (PSG), which is responsible for project decision making

Responsibilities of CAG members:

  •     Attend and participate in each CAG meeting
  •     Communicate in an open and honest fashion
  •     Respect the opinion of other CAG members
  •     Endorse roles defined above
  •     Always represent one’s organization and community interest
  •     Consensus will be achieved on decisions; CAG process is not a vote

Being a CAG member requires a commitment of time and energy, as well as a desire to help create transportation solutions that will benefit Alton, Godfrey and the study area. We believe it will be an educational and rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Five CAG meetings have been held to date:

CAG Meeting #1 – August 8, 2012

The first Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting for the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study was held August 8, 2012 at Lewis & Clark Community College.  The purpose of the meeting was to:

  • Provide an overview of the project, the environmental study process, and the public involvement /Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) program
  • Outline the purpose, roles, and responsibilities of CAG members
  • Ask each CAG member to complete a Context Audit form, which is designed to collect information about the study area so that IDOT gains an understanding of community resources and values


Twenty-four (24) individuals, representing varied interests in the study area (government, transportation, business, emergency services, institutions, and residents) were invited by the Project Study Group (PSG) to participate in the CAG.  Of those invited, 13 were in attendance.

A summary of CAG Meeting #1 and the presentation given to the meeting attendees is provided below:

CAG Meeting #1 Summary

CAG Meeting #1 Presentation



CAG Meeting #2 – August 30, 2012

The second Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting for the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study was held August 30, 2012 at Lewis & Clark Community College.  The purpose of the meeting was to:

  • Provide a summary of the Context Audit
  • Ask for comments on the Stakeholder Involvement Plan
  • Present an overview of roadway classification and the levels of access and mobility associated with different roadway types, illustrated by photos of various roadways in the study area
  • Provide a summary of the study area crash analysis and traffic model
  • Develop the study’s Problem Statement

Fifteen (15) CAG members were in attendance at the meeting.  

A summary of CAG Meeting #2 and the presentation given to the meeting attendees is provided below:

CAG Meeting #2 summary

CAG Meeting #2 presentation



CAG Meeting #3 – November 20, 2013

The third Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting for the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study was held November 20, 2013 at Lewis & Clark Community College.  The purpose of the meeting was to:

  • Review the Problem Statement as developed at CAG meeting #2
  • Review material presented at CAG meeting #2
  • Introduce the corridor development process and alternatives evaluation methodology
  • Introduce the process for determining environmental impacts

Seventeen (17) CAG members were in attendance at the meeting.

A summary of CAG Meeting #3 and the presentation given to meeting attendees is provided below.

CAG Meeting #3 summary

CAG Meeting #3 presentation


CAG Meeting #4 – April 29, 2014

The fourth Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting for the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study was held April 29, 2014 at the Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club.  The purpose of the meeting was to:

  • Review CAG meeting #3
  • Review updated (2008-2012) crash data
  • Review the corridor / alternative evaluation process
  • Discuss CAG member perspectives on addressing community transportation needs in the US 67 and IL Routes 3/111 area

Fifteen (15) CAG members were in attendance at the meeting.

A summary of CAG Meeting #4 and the presentation given to meeting attendees is provided below.

CAG Meeting #4 summary

CAG Meeting #4 presentation


CAG Meeting #5 – May 21, 2014

The fifth Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting for the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study was held May 21, 2014 at Lewis & Clark Community College.  The purpose of the meeting was to:

  • Discuss CAG member perspectives on addressing community transportation needs in the overall study area

Fourteen (14) CAG members were in attendance at the meeting.

A summary of CAG Meeting #5 and the presentation given to meeting attendees is provided below.

CAG Meeting #5 summary

CAG Meeting #5 presentation


CAG Meeting #6 – October 9, 2014

The sixth Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting for the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study was held October 9, 2014 at Lewis & Clark Community College.  The purpose of the meeting was to:

  • Present the revised study alternatives proposed as Alternatives to Carry Forward (4, 5, 6, 8 and 12-3)
  • Provide an opportunity for CAG member review and comment in breakout sessions

Sixteen (16) CAG members were in attendance at the meeting.

A summary of CAG Meeting #6 given to meeting attendees is provided below.

CAG Meeting #6 Summary


Additional CAG meetings will be held at milestones during the study. Meeting summaries, presentations and other relevant documents for each meeting will be posted on this website following each meeting.

Membership of the CAG may evolve as different issues important to the community become known.  Additional members may be added to help address these issues or previously unidentified stakeholder interests.  If you are interested in being a CAG member, please fill out the online comment form at the bottom of this page or contact:

Karen Geldert, P.E.
Senior Project Studies Engineer
Illinois Department of Transportation
Region 5/District 8
1102 Eastport Plaza Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234
Phone: 618-346-3157
Fax: 618-346-3202
karen.geldert@illinois.gov

Please note that depending on the level of response, not all who volunteer may be selected as CAG members.  However, all stakeholder input is welcome and can be submitted to the study team under the Contact Us portion of this web page, at public informational meetings, by email or through a CAG representative.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is this project?

The project is a study of the transportation network in Alton and Godfrey bounded by the following area: Seiler Road on the north; Godfrey Road (US Route 67/ IL Route 111) on the west; Homer Adams Parkway (IL Route 3/IL Route 111) on the south (including the triangular area south of Route 3/111 and bounded by US Route 67 and Alton Square Mall Drive); and Seminary Road on the east.

Why is IDOT conducting this project?

The purpose of this project is to identify options that could improve transportation mobility and safety in the area, and address the issue of improved connectivity and continuity between IL Route 255 and the area around IL Route 3 (Homer Adams Parkway) and US Route 67 (MLK Boulevard).

What is the history of this project?

IDOT conducted a Feasibility Study in 2011 to determine if the opening of IL Route 255 would result in problems in traffic flow (i.e. traffic increases) on the adjacent local road system. This was an internal scoping study to determine if further study was warranted. The study concluded that several transportation issues do exist and recommended further study. In addition to the Feasibility Study, the Village of Godfrey has adopted a land use plan that includes an extension of North Alby Street from Humbert Road to IL Route 255. This plan can be found at: http://godfreyil.org/media/pdf/Map_7.pdf.

How is this study different from the Feasibility Study?

The intent of the Feasibility Study was to determine if there are transportation problems as a result of opening of IL Route 255 that warrant further study. The intent of the current study is to further define the transportation problems that exist within the study area and investigate alternatives that address the issues while minimizing environmental impacts to the study area. The current study includes the highest level of public involvement available. The public is engaged throughout the study in an information sharing process that helps ensure that the attributes, values, and desires of the area are taken into consideration as the study progresses.

How was it determined that funding should be spent on this project, and how much will it cost?

The results of the feasibility study indicate that transportation issues exist related to the opening of IL Route 255 that warrant further study. Based on this, the state legislature determined that money should be allocated to the study of this project and a budget of $10 million was included in the Governor’s FY 2015-2020 Proposed Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program for engineering. The engineering includes preliminary engineering, the Location and Environmental Study (Phase I), and Design Phase (Phase II) which includes the development of construction plans. There is a $110 million budget included for construction. The funding for this project will likely be a mix of federal and state funds.

Since you have funding for the project, does that mean it’s going to be built?

The exact nature of what, if anything, is to be built is not yet known. More study still needs to be conducted to determine the range of possible transportation alternatives. These alternatives will then be reviewed by federal and state agencies and the public, and then evaluated against a range of factors such as environmental impacts; social and economic impacts; traffic and safety benefits; and cost. This evaluation will help the study team determine an alternative that best meets the objectives of the study while minimizing environmental, social and economic impacts. One possible outcome of the study is the recommendation that no new infrastructure be constructed due to excessive impacts, cost, or both.

How long will this study last?

The Location and Environment Study includes preliminary engineering and an environmental impact study and will last approximately 42 to 48 months. The design of contract plans for construction will last approximately 12 to 18 months.

What is the purpose and process of this study?

The purpose of the study is to first determine the transportation needs within the study area. These needs could involve: reducing congestion; improving safety; providing better connectivity; planning for anticipated future growth; or some combination of these. After the needs are developed and understood, the study will then determine the transportation alternative (or alternatives) that best meet the needs in the most cost-effective manner.

What happens at the end of the study?

The Location and Environment Study will conclude upon the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) approval of the preferred alternative and the completion of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). If FHWA is agreeable to the alternative(s) chosen and that all environmental issues have been properly identified, and all impacts have been quantified and documented, then the project can move forward to the design phase, or Phase II. When will construction begin? The earliest that construction could begin is six to eight years from now, provided that the results of the study show that transportation improvements are needed in the study area.

Why do we need another road?

The need for another road, or improvements to the existing network, will take into consideration the changes in travel patterns brought on by the completion of IL Route 255 to US Route 67 in Godfrey.  The connectivity from this new highway to the existing road network (particularly the north-south traffic flow) is being analyzed with this study so that IDOT can plan to meet future needs as they develop.  This study also takes into consideration a “No Build” scenario.

What kind of road will this be?

If a new road is found to be needed, the type of road, whether it is a two-lane local road or a five-lane major road, will be determined further in the study. The road type will be based on traffic volume and functionality. A road’s function is determined by two criteria: 1) whether the road is intended to move vehicles more efficiently; or 2) to provide better access to adjacent land uses. The project stakeholders and the public will have input in determining what type of road would best fit the context of the community at-large.

How many lanes will the road have?

See above.

How will this project affect or improve traffic congestion and safety?

The type and location of an alternative determines the level of improvement to traffic congestion and safety. Presently, the specific improvements are not known.

How much property will IDOT purchase? Will it affect any homes or businesses?

The amount of Right-Of-Way (ROW) that might be needed for transportation improvements has not yet been determined. This will be better understood when alternatives are developed with input from the public and measured against the existing residential and commercial land uses in the study area. However, one goal of the project is to minimize impacts to the residential and commercial land uses where possible.

What will be done to minimize environmental impacts?

As the study team begins to better understand the project needs and to develop project alternatives, they will carefully develop alternatives in consideration of all known environmental resources in the study area. If it is possible to avoid an environmental resource, such as a wetland or a historic property, while also meeting the stated needs and objectives of the project, then the study team will do so. If environmental impacts cannot be avoided, then the study team will attempt to minimize the impact to the environmental resource where possible.

Does the public get a chance to comment on the alternatives being developed or which alternatives are selected for moving forward? If so, how?

The public will be given several opportunities to comment on the alternatives developed by the study team and to provide their opinion on what alternative(s) should be considered for further study. This will be done through various means such as open house public meetings, the project website, and written letters or emails to the IDOT study team. Each comment will be included in a database of public comments and will be reviewed and addressed accordingly.

How and where will this project tie into IL Route 255 and other roads in the study area?

It is not yet known how and where this project will tie into IL Route 255 or any of the other roads in the study area. The project team will study the best location for these connections by evaluating each alternative against a range of criteria including:

  • Ability to address traffic and safety needs
  • Potential to attract new development to the study area
  • Level of environmental, social and economic impact
  • Constructability
  • Cost

Who decided IDOT would do this project? Who got the funding for this project?

IDOT initiated this project based on an understanding that the opening of IL Route 255 and future commercial development would result in problems in traffic flow (i.e. traffic increases) on the adjacent local road system. Then IDOT went through standard protocol to request that the study and construction be funded in the Governor’s FY 2015-2020 Proposed Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program.

If a new corridor is developed, what will become of the existing highway(s)?

Should a new road be built, decisions on how existing roadway systems will be affected will be coordinated with local governments.

Will this project result in changes to how local businesses and neighborhoods are accessed?

It is a possibility. However, if changes in access do occur, the changes will be coordinated with those affected and will be the responsibility of the project team to ensure that access is addressed in each instance.

Will existing roadways such as US Route 67, North Alby Street, and Seminary Road be widened?

The widening of existing roadways is something that will be investigated during the study. Many variables including cost, impacts, and system continuity will be used to determine the final solution.

Who can I contact to provide my comments?

There are numerous ways to provide comments on the project:

Phone: 618-346-3157 (Karen Geldert, IDOT)

Email:Karen.Geldert@illinois.gov

Web: http://idot.illinois.gov/projects/Alton-Godfrey-Study

Additional opportunities to receive project information and provide comments will include newsletters, small group meetings, and future public informational meetings.

Is there a website to go to for more information?

See above.

Why did you have a Public Informational Meeting so early in the process?

This project is in the early stages of its development. It is important to IDOT to receive public input on what are the community’s priorities and what they perceive as problems as well as potential solutions to those problems. The Location and Environmental Study (Phase I) undertakes a public involvement effort to include the public’s input for project considerations. IDOT has elected to utilize its Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) guidelines for this project. IDOT uses these guidelines to work with stakeholders to develop transportation solutions that fit into the project’s surroundings or its “context”. Based on what community members from Alton and Godfrey have already communicated to IDOT, context on this project includes issues such as traffic congestion from home to work, suburban sprawl, preservation of scenic landscapes and historic neighborhoods, and the ability to use the transportation system to walk, bike, and access public transit are high priorities in terms of what people expect from transportation policy.

Will there be other public meetings?

Yes, there will be other public informational meetings, small group meetings, and stakeholder meetings. IDOT plans to keep the public informed throughout the project and to provide multiple opportunities to provide input. When a draft of the Environmental Impact Statement is ready for public viewing, a Public Hearing will be held to present the findings of the study and the preferred alternative.

The second Public Informational Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 2014, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Alton High School Commons, 4200 Humbert Road, Alton. 

The purpose of this meeting will be to update the public on the study’s progress; explain the alternatives development process; present the study alternatives proposed to be carried forward for the next stage of evaluation; and provide an opportunity for feedback and comment on the study.

The meeting will be held in an open-house format.  No formal presentations will be made.  Interested persons may attend anytime between 4:00 and 7:00 and review the study information at their own pace.  IDOT representatives and consultant team members will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.  Comment forms will be provided, which can be filled out at the meeting or returned by mail.  Comments can also be submitted on the online comment form on this website.

This meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  If an attendee would like a sign language interpreter to be present at the meeting, please contact Karen Geldert at 618-364-3157 at least five days prior to the meeting.

What will happen to my property values?

Property values are affected by a number of market factors. In general, an improved roadway facility can have a positive impact on property, however, it is impossible at this phase of the project for anyone to predict the impact to a specific property.
Contact:
Mike Myler – Land Acquisition Manager
Phone: 618-346-3120
Email: Michael.Myler@illinois.gov

What will happen to my property taxes?

Property taxes are assessed by the County Assessor’s office. IDOT does not control or have any influence on property taxes.

When will IDOT begin acquiring right of way?

Assuming the outcome of the study is to construct a transportation improvement, the earliest that right of way acquisitions could begin is approximately five years from now. Mike Myler at IDOT (see contact information above) may be contacted for property questions.

Will IDOT be using Eminent Domain to take property?

Even though alternatives for this improvement have not yet been identified, it is probable that right of way could be required for this project. If right of way is required, IDOT will appraise the required parcels and try to negotiate a settlement with property owners. If an agreement cannot be reached with property owners, IDOT has the authority to use eminent domain for public projects. Eminent domain is a process which allows IDOT to acquire the needed property for the improvement and the court system ensures that property owners receive fair compensation for their property. Mike Myler at IDOT (see contact information above) may be contacted for property questions.

I’ve seen surveyors in the study area. What are they doing?

Periodically throughout this project, there will be field personnel out studying varied environmental resources in support of preparing the Environmental Impact Statement. This could include research of wetlands, streams, habitats of threatened and endangered species of plants or animals, cultural resources (i.e. archeological sites, historic properties), bridges and culverts, road pavements, and traffic. Personnel may use wood stakes to mark an area for field study. The field personnel will attempt to communicate with private property owners the fact that surveys are being performed. Field personnel will ring the door bell of private properties that they need to enter to complete surveys. This letter will be hand-delivered to property owners or left attached to the front door if not answered before entrance onto private property.

IDOT values your comments and questions. We provide responses to all questions and strive to do so in a timely manner.

All contact information is kept private, is for the sole use of the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study, and will not be distributed to any entity outside of IDOT.

Please click here to fill out our online comment form, or if you prefer, you may contact us by U.S. mail, phone, or fax:

Karen Geldert, P.E.
 Senior Project Studies Engineer
 Illinois Department of Transportation
 Region 5/District 8
 1102 Eastport Plaza Drive
 Collinsville, IL 62234
 Phone: 618-346-3157
 Fax: 618-346-3202
karen.geldert@illinois.gov

For media inquiries regarding the Alton-Godfrey Transportation Study, please contact:

Cindy Stafford, P.E.
 Location Studies Engineer
 Illinois Department of Transportation
 Region 5/District 8
 1102 Eastport Plaza Drive
 Collinsville, IL 62234
 Phone: 618-346-3151
cindy.stafford@illinois.gov

Newsletters

Study Area Maps

Third Public Informational Meeting

Exhibits

Alternatives Carried Forward

Alternatives Not Recommended

 

Second Public Informational Meeting

Meeting Summary

Handouts:

Exhibits:

Alternatives Not Carried Forward

Alternatives Carried Forward

First Public Informational Meeting

Community Advisory Group Meetings

Stakeholder Involvement Plan

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IDOT is currently at the early stages of Phase I for this project. Funding for Preliminary Engineering, Land Acquisition, Design and Construction is available in the Governor’s FY 2015-2020 Proposed Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program. Although Phase III (construction) is part of the overall project development process, construction is not a foregone conclusion.

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