Interstate 64 under IL Route 111

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Welcome to the official site for the Interstate 64 under IL Route 111 improvement project in Washington Park, Illinois.  Here you will find project information and the latest project updates.

Project Description

The Illinois Department of Transportation has initiated a preliminary engineering and environmental study for replacement of the bridge that carries IL Route 111 over Interstate 64 in Washington Park, Illinois in order to provide more clearance above I-64.  The existing clearance is less than current requirements for an interstate.  In order to provide the additional clearance, the interchange ramps may need to be reconstructed, and the new interchange may be a different configuration.

If you have questions or comments about this project or public involvement for this project, please contact Matthew Meyer at (618) 346-3160 or by e-mail at matthew.meyer@illinois.gov.  Or, you can mail:

Illinois Department of Transportation
Attn: Mr. Matthew Meyer
1102 Eastport Plaza Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234

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.

 

Study Scope

The preliminary engineering and environmental study being performed by IDOT will evaluate options for replacing the existing IL Route 111 bridge over Interstate 64.  The existing bridge does not meet current standards for the clearance over the interstate.  The project scope may include reconstruction or reconfiguration of the existing interchange as a result.

The preliminary engineering and environmental study (Phase I) will determine how much higher IL Route 111 will need to be raised at the bridge.  A preliminary interchange design will be developed with an opportunity for public review and comment.

IDOT projects typically have three distinct phases.  Phase I (or the preliminary engineering and environmental study) proposed geometry, environmental concerns, and right-of-way requirements are defined.  Phase II (Design) consists of refining the design to develop contract plans and the necessary right-of-way is acquired.  Phase III (Construction) consists of the actual construction of the project.  This project is currently in Phase I.

As the scope of the project is developed during the Phase I Study, an extensive public involvement program will be used to provide opportunities for the public to provide input on the project design.  Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) will be utilized for the public involvement for this project.  Please click on the Public Participation tab for more information on the CSS process.

Funding Status

All engineering and construction is included in the Department’s FY 2019-2024 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.

Project Need

The existing bridge that carries IL Route 111 over I-64 was built in 1973, making it nearly 50 years old and reaching the end of its useful service life.  Much of the original construction remains in place, along with nearly 25% of the current deck having been patched in recent years.

There is currently approximately 14’-1” of clearance between the bridge and the interstate below, which is well below the current minimum of 16’-0”.  As a result, the low beam of the bridge has been struck by trucks and equipment hauled by trucks on numerous occasions, resulting in frequent repairs. 

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Crash History

Crash history in this location reflects that the clearance distance between Interstate 64 and the structure that carries IL Route 111 over Interstate 64 is not sufficient, as this structure has been struck by tractor trailers and equipment being hauled by trucks traveling on Interstate 64. 

Project Development Process

Phase I is the preliminary engineering phase. During this phase public involvement, data collection, and engineering and environmental analyses will be performed.  A project report is developed that documents this process. The land acquisition process will begin toward the end of this phase. This phase will take approximately 24 months.

Phase II is where plans, specifications, and estimates will be prepared so that the project can be placed on a letting for construction by a contractor. The plans will be prepared in accordance with the approved Phase I project report. Negotiation with property owners for the purchase of any needed right of way and easements will occur during this phase. This phase will take approximately 24 months.

Phase III is the actual construction of the project using the plans developed in Phase II. This phase will take approximately 24 to 36 months, depending on the type of improvement being constructed.

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Project Updates

08/08/19 Public Meeting – The Illinois Department of Transportation held the first I-64 under IL Route 111 Public Meeting on Thursday August 8, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Washington Park Village Office in Washington Park, IL.  This Public Meeting was an open forum meeting.  The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the project to the public and share information regarding the need for the replacement of the bridge.  The Project Study Team was available to answer questions, take comments, and provide information about the project.  Informational hand outs were provided, comment forms were provided, and exhibits with information about this project were on display to view.  A total of 22 people attended this Public Meeting.  Please click on the links below to view the I-64 under IL 111 Public Meeting Exhibits.

Please click here to view all Exhibits

Please click here to view the Public Meeting Brochure

Project Location

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Public Involvement

Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) will be utilized for the public involvement for this project

Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)

An inclusive, responsive public involvement program is an essential part of this project.  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.   

Public Meetings

At the beginning of the project and at various milestones during project development, public meetings will be held to provide information concerning the project development and to receive public input.

Public Involvement to date:

08/08/19 Public Meeting – The Illinois Department of Transportation held the first I-64 under IL Route 111 Public Meeting on Thursday August 8, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Washington Park Village Office in Washington Park, IL.  This Public Meeting was an open forum meeting.  The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the project to the public and share information regarding the need for the replacement of the bridge.  The Project Study Team was available to answer questions, take comments, and provide information about the project.  Informational hand outs were provided, comment forms were provided, and exhibits with information about this project were on display to view.  A total of 22 people attended this Public Meeting.  Please click on the links below to view the I-64 under IL 111 Public Meeting Exhibits.

Please click here to view all Exhibits

Please click here to view the Public Meeting Brochure

How can I find out about future public involvement activities?

  • Visit the IDOT project website and click on the Updates tab for notices
  • Request to have your name added to the project mailing list for mailers/ invitations. Contact Matthew Meyer at (618) 346-3160 or by e-mail at matthew.meyer@illinois.gov to be added to the mailing list.
  • Look for announcements in the local newspaper
  • Look for flyers in local businesses, government agencies, and community buildings
  • Contact local government agency (Village of Washington Park)
  • Watch for roadway message boards for announcements
  • Contact Matthew Meyer at (618) 346-3160 or by e-mail at matthew.meyer@illinois.gov

Get Involved

If have comments or would like more information regarding the project, or have any questions about the public involvement for this project, please contact Matthew Meyer at (618) 346-3160 or by e-mail at matthew.meyer@illinois.gov.

IDOT is currently at the early stages of Phase I for this project. As we make changes, this website will be updated accordingly.

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