Illinois Route 2 (Auburn to Riverside)

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This website has been created to facilitate public input and provide facts about the Illinois Route 2 Phase I Study, process, and schedule. We invite you to explore the website and provide your comments and recommendations regarding the study through our Get Involved section.

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Project Initiated

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has initiated the Illinois Route 2 Phase I Study. This study will examine transportation needs of and solutions for this corridor through an extensive public involvement process. The study area is located in Winnebago County, extending approximately 2.0 miles from north of Auburn Street on the south to north of Riverside Blvd. on the north, all within the City of Rockford, Illinois.

Public Informational Open House Held March 9, 2011

IDOT hosted a second public meeting, the Public Informational Open House, for the IL 2 N. Main Street Project Study on March 9, 2011. The meeting was held at the Spectrum School located at 2909 N. Main Street in Rockford. The purpose of the meeting was to share initial design concept recommendations developed by the IL 2 Citizen’s Advisory Group (click here for meeting materials), and solicit feedback from interested stakeholders.

The meeting was held in an open house format, and interested persons could visit anytime between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. Attendees had the opportunity to review exhibits, provide comments, and meet with IDOT and study team representatives to discuss the project.

IDOT Held Public Awareness Meeting to Kick-Off Project

IDOT hosted the first public awareness meeting to kick off the Illinois Route 2 Phase I Study on August 5, 2010. It was held at EIGERlab which is located at 605 Fulton Avenue in Rockford. The purpose of the meeting was to introduce the project and discuss the concerns of the department as well as concerns identified locally. Interested persons could visit anytime between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. IDOT provided information regarding the study schedule and process, study area characteristics and public involvement opportunities. Attendees had the opportunity to review exhibits, provide comments and meet with IDOT and study team representatives on a one-on-one basis.

Public Informational Open House Held July 11, 2012

The third public meeting for the Illinois Route 2/N. Main Street Phase I Study was held on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Spectrum School, 2909 N. Main Street, Rockford, Illinois from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The meeting was held in an open house format with displays for review and the opportunity for attendees to provide comments, suggestions, issues and concerns.

The primary goal of the meeting was to share with the public the preliminary layout for the N. Main Street (IL 2) corridor study that extends from north of Auburn Street to north of Riverside Boulevard in Rockford. In addition, the meeting was intended to provide the study team with a better understanding of stakeholders’ thoughts and concerns regarding the preliminary layout of the corridor. Attendees had the opportunity to view the proposed details of the project as well as the anticipated right-of-way and temporary construction easement needs. Attendees also had the opportunity to view and comment on the anticipated impacts of the project to Brown Park.

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.

 

Prior Studies/History:

The City of Rockford’s Corridor Plan, “Envision North Main Street” was completed in September 2007. The goal of this plan was to develop a community driven plan for revitalizing the North Main Street Corridor.

North Main Street has had a long history of serving the Rockford community as a gateway corridor for business, education, recreation, and shopping. After World War II, Rockford’s manufacturing base declined and the retail market moved eastward, causing North Main Street to fall below community standards. In the fall of 2006, the City of Rockford publicly recognized the importance of elevating the quality of North Main Street and launched the Envision North Main Street project. The project was directed by a Task Force made up of City staff, elected officials, community leaders, business owners, merchants, and residents. The result of the Task Force planning and collaboration was a unique plan that included organizing the corridor into three distinct zones of control (public right-of-way, mixed-use neighborhood centers, and a transitional area between neighborhoods).

Study Area

The study area is comprised of approximately 2.0 miles of Illinois Route 2 in the City of Rockford, Winnebago County, from north of Auburn Street on the south to north of Riverside Boulevard on the north. This portion of N. Main Street will undergo total reconstruction including new pavement, storm sewer, traffic signals and sidewalks. The study area contains a mixture of commercial, industrial, institutional, recreational and residential land uses, and serves as an important gateway corridor for the City of Rockford. The roadway currently consists of an undivided four-lane facility for a large portion of the study area. The improvements will include a wider pavement and turning lane construction at major intersections. Details regarding specific improvements will be developed as the project progress.

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Study Schedule:

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Public Awareness Meeting – August 5, 2010
The Public Awareness Meeting served to inform the general public that the project study has been initiated and provide a convenient and effectives means to disseminate information and obtain project-related feedback. An open house format was used to display project information that primarily highlights the existing conditions of the corridor. It served as a basis to discuss the needs identified to date and to gather input from those attending. At this point of the study, design details have not been developed. However, the meeting was intended to provide an opportunity for the public to interact with project representatives in a meaningful way so that information gathered can be considered during development of the design.

Public Information Open House – Summer, 2011
The first Public Information Open House provided the general public with preliminary project information through exhibits, maps, preliminary layouts and other similar materials. It is at this point that details regarding the preliminary project design were made available. The layouts were based largely on recommendations made by the Citizens Advisory Group. Comments regarding the concepts presented were gathered and questions were answered. The input received was considered and implemented into subsequent design efforts where feasible.

Public Information Open House – Spring, 2012
The second Public Information Open House will provide the general public with pre-final project information through exhibits, maps, plans and other similar materials. It is at this point that specific details regarding the proposed project design will be made available. Details will include layout of intersections, driveways, proposed right-of-way and temporary easements. Input from the public regarding the preliminary design will be solicited and considered for inclusion in the final preliminary engineering document.

Citizen Advisory Group (CAG)
IDOT is enlisting the input of the Illinois Route 2 Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) to assist with the project. This group of community leaders from the study area, and stakeholders with specific interest in the project corridor meets throughout the duration of the study. CAG membership was initially developed by the Project Study Group, and includes a wide cross-section of corridor interests. Municipal and County leaders and technical staff, property and business owners, residents and interested citizens were invited to attend. In addition, individuals wishing to be considered for serving on the CAG were able and can continue to do so by signing up on the project website or by filling out a form at public meetings. CAG membership promotes balanced representation of corridor stakeholders in an effective and manageable workshop setting. It is anticipated there will be seven of these meetings, scheduled to correspond with key project milestones.

Phase I Study Process
The Phase I project process involves several distinct, but interrelated sequential steps.

  • Step I. Analyze Existing and Future Conditions
    The first step is to analyze and understand the conditions of the corridor. This task includes collecting information such as current and future traffic volumes, crash history and design standards. This information allows IDOT to identify deficiencies and begin the process for developing solutions.
     
  • Step II. Detailed Technical Studies and Design
    The next step involves the preparation of detailed technical studies and geometric design. Reports considering various issues including accident occurrence, traffic-related needs and drainage features within the study area are included in this step. Also included is the geometric layout of various roadway facilities to meet the identified needs.
     
  • Step III. Project Report Preparation & Approval
    The process culminates in a Project Report which includes documentation of the various elements that guided the project design. This includes project data, plans, typical cross sections, estimated cost, public involvement summaries, accident analysis, environmental and other agency coordination, public coordination and analysis of traffic management during construction. The Project Report is ultimately submitted to IDOT’s central office and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for review and approval.


Project Study Team:

The project study team consists of representatives from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and consultant team. The membership of the PSG may evolve as the understanding of the project’s context is clarified.

The PSG has primary responsibility for the project development process. This group will meet throughout the study process to provide oversight and expertise in key areas including study process, agency procedures and standards, and design approaches.

Other responsibilities of the PSG include the following:

  • Expediting the project development process.
  • Identifying and resolving project development issues.
  • Promoting partnerships with stakeholders to address identified project needs.
  • Working with Citizen Advisory Group to assist with development of project alternative(s).
  • Working to develop consensus among stakeholders.

The PSG will make the ultimate project recommendations and decisions on this project.

As the Illinois Route 2 Phase I Study progresses, we will regularly update this website to ensure you are kept informed of our progress. The study team is interested in hearing your ideas and opinions! If you have questions or comments about the study please fill out the Question/Comment Submittal Form, or write us at:

Jason Stringer, IDOT Project Manager
Illinois Department of Transportation
Region Two/District 2
819 Depot Avenue
Dixon, Illinois 61021-3500

As the Illinois Route 2 project study progresses, IDOT will periodically update this website to assure that the motorists of Illinois are kept informed of project developments, public involvement opportunities, and construction related activities.

Involvement Opportunities

There will be several methods for the public to become involved and obtain information about the project. These methods will provide information and opportunity for feedback regarding upcoming public meeting events, project schedule, and general project status updates within the study area.

  • Citizen Advisory Group Meetings:  IDOT will be enlisting the input of the Illinois Route 2 Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) to assist with the project. This group of community leaders from the study area, and stakeholders with expertise or technical interest in environmental, land use, transportation, and economic development will meet throughout the duration of the study. CAG membership will initially be developed by the Project Study Group, and will include a wide cross-section of corridor interests. Municipal and County leaders and technical staff, property and business owners, residents and interested citizens will be invited to attend. In addition, individuals wishing to be considered for serving on the CAG can do so by signing up on the project website or by filling out a form at public meetings. CAG membership will promote balanced representation of corridor stakeholders in an effective and manageable workshop setting.
  • Public Outreach Meetings:  Stakeholder involvement for the Illinois Route 2 study will be an ongoing process from project initiation through completion. Various meetings will be held throughout the project development process to provide opportunities for all stakeholders to offer project input and feedback, including:
    • Agency, Municipal, County and Civic Group Meetings: Agency, Municipal and County meetings will be held on an as-needed basis to discuss and coordinate specific project issues with those that would be impacted by the project
  • Public Meetings:  Public meetings will be held at key points during the project development phase to engage the public. The purpose of the meetings will be to gather the thoughts and concerns regarding the information presented. Questions raised by meeting participants, depending on the nature, will be either answered immediately or addressed in subsequent meetings, letters or other communication mechanisms. 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 proposed improvements. Individuals on the mailing list will receive invitations in the mail announcing future meetings.

Citizen Advisory Group Meeting Minutes and Public Meeting Summaries can be found on the IL Route 2 Study Resources page.

Stay Informed

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 and e-subscription
To support public meeting invitations, newsletter distribution and other direct public contact, a mailing list has been developed and will be regularly 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 printed project materials or to receive electronic notices about website updates, please fill out the Question/Comment Submittal Form in the “Contact Us” section of the Information Center.

Newsletters
Newsletters will be printed over the course of the study. These publications will feature the latest project news and will be used as a means of communicating information about the project.

Question/Comment Submittal Form
Please fill out a comment form, as we are interested in your thoughts and ideas. This will add you to our mailing list to receive meeting notices and other mailings unless you ask not to receive them. The comment form is located in the “Contact Us” section below.

Study Documents

Throughout the duration of the Illinois Route 2 Study, project documents will be posted to the website. These documents may include: draft and final reports, study area maps, presentations, and communication pieces such as, FAQ’s, glossary of terms, and project photos and graphics.

Meeting Summaries:

  Citizen Advisory Group Meeting Minutes:

Press Releases

Press releases will be posted to this site as they become available.

Newsletters/Flyers

Newsletters will be printed over the course of the study. These publications will feature the latest project news and will be used as a means of communicating information about the project.

New: Construction work on the $32 million contract began in 2016 with the relocation of utility services along the two mile project corridor and the reconstruction of the Fulton Avenue intersection.
Calendar year 2017 work will include the reconstruction of the south portion of the project from Auburn Street to the railroad crossing south of Halsted Road. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction as the contractor will be removing the existing roadway, installing new storm sewers, placing new concrete pavement, curbs and sidewalks and a multiuse path. There will also be lane closures for the north portion of the project up to Riverside Boulevard as utility companies will be working on that section for much of the summer.
The project is scheduled to be completed by August of 2019.

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