Green Mount Road
from the intersection of IL Route 161 to IL Route 177 in Belleville

Welcome to the official site for the Green Mount Road improvement project in Belleville, Illinois. Here you will find the latest project updates, public involvement opportunities, and project data.

Project Description
This project involves improving the transportation and safety on Green Mount Road from the intersection of IL Route 161 to IL Route 177 in Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, for a total project distance of approximately 1.0 mile. This section of Green Mount Road is considered for improvement based on the crash history, traffic volumes, and the existing roadway design.

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.

 

Scope of the Project
Green Mount Road will be improved from IL Route 161 to IL Route 177. The Scope of the Project will be determined during the public involvement process and the Phase I study. 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 funded and included in the Governor’s FY 2015-2020 Proposed Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program.

Crash History
With this 1 mile section, Green Mount Road has experienced 371 reported crashes from 2008 to 2012, resulting in 130 injuries. The majority of the crashes that occurred are rear end (211), turning (111), and angle (18) crashes, with the majority of these crashes occurring at the intersection at IL Route 161 and IL Route 177. Possible factors contributing to the crashes at these intersections are large traffic volumes, congestion/ back-ups, entrances, signal phasing, and speed. The intersection of Green Mount Road and IL Route 161 is considered a 5% selected intersection (for intersections with similar configuration in The State of Illinois, within the top 5% of intersections for severe crashes).

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 on the alternatives developed in order to select a preferred alternate. 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 18-36 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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Details

Project Limits Map

This site will be updated periodically as the project progresses. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) wishes to thank you for your support and patience.

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.   

Community Advisory Group (CAG)
The CAG is an important part of the public involvement process and is made up of CAG members that represent a larger stakeholder group.  A stakeholder is anyone or entity that could be affected by the project and has a stake in its outcome.  Stakeholders include the public, property owners, business owners, state and local officials, federal and state resource & regulatory agencies, special interest groups, and motorists who utilize the facility.  The CAG works with the Project Study Group (PSG) to convey input from the community, provide input on design alternatives, and convey the information shared at the CAG meetings to stakeholders.

Project Study Group (PSG)
The PSG is a group of professionals representing specific technical or scientific disciplines that informs the CAG of the environmental process, transportation planning guidelines, design guidelines, and the relationship between transportation issues (needs) and project alternatives.  After CAG and public input, engineering analysis and environmental analysis, the PSG is responsible for making the final decisions for project development.  The PSG for this project are made up of IDOT Bureau of Design and Environment (BDE), IDOT District 8, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and Lochmueller Group (consultant).

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:

4/29/16 Project Newsletter #1 – The Illinois Department of Transportation mailed out the first Project Newsletter on Friday April 29, 2016.  Please click here (PDF) to view the first Project Newsletter. 

8/26/15 CAG Meeting #2 – The Illinois Department of Transportation held the second Community Advisory Group (CAG) on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) Liberal Art Building.  Please click here for a summary of the second CAG meeting.

12/17/14 CAG Meeting #1 – The Illinois Department of Transportation held the first Community Advisory Group (CAG) on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) Liberal Art Building. Please click here for a summary of the first CAG meeting.

4/30/14 Public Meeting – The Illinois Department of Transportation held the first Public Meeting on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) Intramural Gym. Please click here for first Public Meeting handout. Please click here for first Public Meeting displays.

 

How can I find out about future public involvement activities?
Visit the project website and click on the “Updates” tab for notices Look for announcements in the local newspaper 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 you are interested in taking part in the public involvement for this 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.

Resources

First Project Newsletter
Please click here (PDF) to view the first Project Newsletter.

Second Community Advisory Group (CAG)
Please click here for a summary of the second CAG meeting.
Please click here to view the slide show that was presented at the second CAG meeting.

First Community Advisory Group (CAG)
Please click here for a summary of the first CAG meeting.

First Public Meeting
Please click here for first Public Meeting handout.
Please click here for first Public Meeting displays.

Questions
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.

Did You Know?

  • This project involves approximately 1.0 mile of Green Mount Road
  • The northern limit of the project is at the intersection of Green Mount Road and IL Route 161
  • The southern limit of the project is at the intersection of Green Mount Road and IL Route 177
  • IDOT has jurisdiction of Green Mount Road from IL Route 161 to IL Route 177. Green Mount Road north and south of the project limits is within St. Clair County jurisdiction.
  • The existing typical section for Green Mount Road within the project limits consists of two 12 ft. wide lanes with 5 ft. wide paved shoulders.
  • The posted speed limit on Green Mount Road throughout the project limits in 45 mph
  • The area surrounding the project limits consists of both residential and commercial properties as well as the Southwester Illinois College (SWIC) campus.
  • Within the project limits a MetroLink bicycle trail crosses Green Mount Road 0.3 miles north of IL Route 177, runs on the east side of Green Mount Road to the Weatherstone Drive/ SWIC entrance, and then circles around the SWIC campus(connecting with the MetroLink station).
  • There is a MetroLink overpass and a bicycle overpass structure that crosses Green Mount Road 0.3 miles north of the IL Route 177 intersection and one that crosses IL Route 161 0.5 miles east of Green Mount Road.
  • A MetroLink Station is located on the northeast portion of the SWIC campus.

What improvements will be made, will additional lanes will be added?
At this early stage of project development, the study team has identified a problem statement. Alternatives to address the problem are currently being evaluated.

Will improvements at the intersections within the project limits be included?
All intersections within the project limits will be analyzed for improvement. The Scope of the Project will be determined during the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process and the Phase I study.

Will right of way or easements be required for this improvement?
The Scope of the Project will be determined during the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process and the Phase I study. Depending on the improvements that are proposed for this project, right of way or easements may be required. Right-of-way and easements, if required for this improvement, will be purchased during Phase II, beginning after the preliminary design has been approved.

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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