US Route 136 Realignment Study

Welcome to the Hamilton Vertical Realignment and Bridge Replacement Study. This site has been created to facilitate public input and provide information on the study's process and schedule. The study area is approximately 0.65 miles of US Route 136 extending from the Mississippi River Bridge to Main Street in Hamilton, Hancock County, Illinois. Please feel free to send your comments and concerns regarding the study through the Comment Form section.


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.


What is this study?

This study is a Phase I Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Study for US Rout 136 in Hamilton, Illinois. The proposed purpose and need of this study is to upgrade Study | to prevent future flooding on the roadway that previously made the route impassible at this location. The proposed project is approximately 0.65 miles long and involves existing structures carrying US Route 136 over the Hamilton Slough and Railroad Creek as well as the existing Keokuk Junction at-grade railroad crossing.

Why is this Study important to you?

The Mississippi River crossing at Hamilton is a vital transportation link between Illinois and Iowa. Major flooding of the existing roadway occurred in 1993 and 2008. The nearest alternative river crossing is approximately 22 miles to the north at Niota/Fort Madison. The Illinois Department of Transportation recognizes the importance of this river crossing to the communities and economies in both Illinois and Iowa, and the impact that roadway flooding can have on them. Working together, we can help make this much-needed improvement a reality.

Study Process





Proposed Alternatives

Top Alternatives selected by the Community Advisory Group

Alternative 7a | Alternative 7C | Alternative 9

Other Alternatives

Alternative : Do Nothing

Alternative 2 | Alternative 3 | Alternative 4 | Alternative 5 | Alternative 6

Alternative 7b | Alternative 8 | Alternative 10

Evaluation of the Alternatives

What is Context Sensitive Solutions?
Context Sensitive Solutions is an interdisciplinary approach to projects that seeks effective, multi-modal transportation solutions by working with stakeholders to develop, build and maintain cost effective transportation facilities which fit into the project's surroundings - its "context". While this definition may seem complicated, the most important facet to the public should be that IDOT will be trying to work with the community as a whole to develop a solution for the US Route 136 Realignment Study. For more information on IDOT's Context Sensitive Solutions guidelines, please visit the IDOT website for CSS at: IDOT's goal for the US Route 136 Realignment Study project is to increase safety and mobility for the traveling public, while seeking to preserve and enhance the scenic, economic, historic, and environmental resources along the corridor for the local community. To gain the community's input, IDOT will form a Community Advisory Group (CAG). The CAG is made up from representatives of the Project Stakeholders and provides input on the project's potential solutions.

What is a stakeholder?
Community stakeholders are individuals or organizations/groups with a stake, an interest, or an investment in a community issue or outcome. Their interest may stem from a professional or personal interest in an issue or may result from a commitment to achieve some outcome. A first step in achieving meaningful public involvement in project development involves identifying the individuals and organizations/groups likely to be affected by the project, those who have a "stake" in its outcome. For the US Route 136 Realignment Study, stakeholders will include members from the local community, businesses, local officials, transportation service providers and others who will serve to represent the community's ideas, concerns and values and will advise IDOT throughout the planning study. Stakeholders are people likely to support the project as well as those likely to oppose it. The views and feedback of stakeholders are important to receive and consider during a project to ensure a comprehensive solution is developed.

Who is the US Route 136 Realignment Advisory Group and what do they do?
The CAG formed for the US Route 136 Realignment Study project includes representatives from business groups, residents, churches, the municipalities, and other civic organizations with an interest the project. The CAG meets with the Project Study Group during the project development process to provide input on the issues that are important to the community and assist the Project Study Group in identifying, developing and evaluating alternative solutions, and then selecting a preferred alternative.

How can I get involved?
There are two public meetings and one public hearing planned for the US Route 136 Realignment Study. The first public meeting was held on August 24, 2011. The purpose of the first meeting is to introduce the project to the community and seek members for the Advisory Group. The second public meeting will be held in February 2013 to review reasonable alternatives to be studied in detail, and a public hearing will be held in Summer 2013 to present an overview of the study and the preferred alternative. Project information will be displayed at these meetings, Project Study Group representatives will be available to answer questions and discuss project details, and comment forms will be available to submit comments. You can also submit comments via electronic comment form provided in this website in Involvement tab.

What is the scope of this project?
IDOT’s scope for this project to improve US Route 136 is to evaluate the safety and environmental impacts of the roadway from the Mississippi River to Main Street in Hamilton, Illinois. This study will determine the best alternative for raising the grade and existing structures to prevent flooding and increase safety for all roadway users throughout the study corridor. Since improvements to this roadway facility will affect the community, public input is vital.

What is the project schedule?
IDOT plans, designs, and constructs projects in three phases. Phase I is the preliminary design and environmental study of the project, Phase II is the preparation of the final design and construction bid documents, and Phase III is the actual construction of the project. The project team's goal is to complete Phase I in 24 months. The Phase I process started in 2011 and is anticipated to be completed by 2013 when the Phase I Study is anticipated to receive Design Approval by the FHWA. Phase II will start after receiving the Design Approval and require approximately 24 months and Phase III implementation will require approximately 24 to 30 months.

When will construction begin?
This project does not have construction funds in IDOT's multi-year (2012-2017) program. The tentative letting schedule, pending funding, is scheduled for November, 2017.

Is this project funded?
Phase I (preliminary design and environmental study) and Phase II (final design and construction bid documents) are funded. However, the project does not have funding for construction in IDOT"s multi-year (2012-2017) program.

How can I keep informed on the study’s progress?
The best way to keep updated is to check this web site. The web site will evolve and updates will become more frequent as the project moves forward. You may submit an electronic comment form ("comment" field optional) in the Involvement tab.

Public Stakeholder Involvement

Considering the likelihood of considerable impacts this project may have on the community and the environment, and wide range of improvement possibilities, IDOT has designated this project to be guided under the principles of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS). CSS is a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach which involves all stakeholders in the project's development. Its purpose is to design cost-effective transportation solutions that best fit in harmony with the surrounding community while maintaining safety and mobility. A "stakeholder" is someone who may be affected by the project --- stakeholders can be businesses, schools, elected officials, public agencies, land owners, or the general public. We want to get you, as a stakeholder and part of the concerned public, involved in the Phase I Location and Environmental Studies. Your participation ensures that we develop the solution which best accommodates the needs of the community.

Public Stakeholder Involvement Plan

In order for the Illinois Department of Transportation to develop a safe transportation solution that meets the needs of the community, it will need the help of the public (you). To draw out the greatest value from public participation, the US Route 136 Realignment is incorporating a Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP). The SIP outlines a public involvement process, making sure the opinions and recommendations of stakeholders are considered in the decision making.

Goals of SIP:

  • Identify stakeholders and provide opportunities for timely and meaningful input through all phases of the project.
  • Identify transportation problems to be solved by the project with the help of stakeholders
  • Identify alternative solutions with help of the stakeholders
  • Choose a preferred alternative solution with the help of the stakeholders
  • Treat all involved parties with respect and dignity

Advisory Committee

The Stakeholder Involvement Plan for this study includes a community advisory committee. The committee will serve as a liaison between the public and IDOT to ensure that community's views and recommendations are considered in the project's development. The committee will meet periodically with the Project's Study Group to discuss project ideas and concerns, and evaluation of the alternative solutions. At the onset of the project, such advisory committee will be established. To view meeting minutes please view the resources page.

Public Meetings/Hearings

The Stakeholder Involvement Plan for this study includes two Public Informational Meetings and one Public Hearing as listed below to present the project information and details to the public and seek their comments.

Comment Form

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IDOT is currently at the early stages of Phase I for this project. This site will be updated as progress warrants.

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