Interstate 55 at Weber Road Study

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is preparing a Categorical Exclusion Type II (CE II) of possible improvements to the Interstate 55 (I-55) interchange at Weber Road. The project study limits extend along Weber Road from 119th Street north of the interchange to 135th Street to the south and 1/2 mile east and west of Weber Road along I-55. This study has been identified as a Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) project.

This web site will provide information on the progress of the project, relevant project-related materials and details about upcoming public meetings and opportunities to participate.

Project Updates

A Public Hearing was held on Wednesday November 13, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Romeoville Village Hall. The intention of the hearing was to present the Purpose and Need for improvements, the Preferred Improvements Plan, and to seek public comment. Public is encouraged to provide comments on the recommended preferred improvement. Written public comments can be submitted through this website via email at I55atWeberRd@clark-dietz.com or mailed to IDOT using a comment form. To download the comment form click here. The comment period for the hearing will close December 3, 2013. For more information about the hearing can be found in the Get Involved tab.

CAG Meeting #7 (June 2012)

The seventh CAG meeting was held at the Romeoville Village Hall to update the public on the project status, present the results of the alternative evaluation process, present and gather input on the preliminary preferred alternative, and to explain the next steps in the project process. The agenda and additional documents from this meeting can be found in the Resources tab.

CAG Meeting #6 (August 2011)

The sixth CAG meeting was held on August 31, 2011 at the Romeoville Village Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to review the alternatives evaluation process and discuss the 21 potential project alternatives. The project team described the “fatal flaw” screening process (environmental and community issues) and solicited the CAG’s input on various stages of screening and evaluation of the alternatives. The agenda and additional documents from this meeting can be found in the Resources tab.

Public Meeting #2 (May 12, 2011)

A public meeting was held at Romeoville Village Hall to update the public on the project status, present the project problem statement, present the purpose and need, review the Initial range of alternative, introduce the alternative evaluation process and screening criteria, and to explain next steps in the project process. Comments and new ideas provided by the attendees were collected by the project team. An agenda and additional documents from this meeting can be found in the Resources tab.

CAG Meeting #5 (April 2011)

The fifth CAG meeting was held to review and obtain comments on the presentation and displays for Public Meeting #2 on April 26th, 2011 at the Romeoville Village Hall. An agenda and additional documents from this meeting can be found on the Resources tab.

There are many opportunities for you to learn about this project and to provide your comments to the Project Study Team:

  1. Attend a public meeting. Visit the Get Involved page on this website to find out more about upcoming meetings.
  2. Comment on the project. You can send us your comments, questions, and ideas at any time during the planning process.
  3. Sign up for the mailing list and receive project mailings. Fill out the form to the right to receive updated information on the progress of the study.
  4. Contact the Project Study Team. The Get Involved tab has more information on how to actively participate in the project as a member of a project Advisory Group.

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.

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The I-55 at Weber Road Study assessed the existing design of the I-55 at Weber Road interchange and possible improvements to the interchange and Weber Road within the project study area. The study area encompasses two miles of Weber Road starting at 119th Street continuing south past and including the I-55 interchange to 135th Street.

The purpose of the project is to address safety, operational, and capacity deficiencies in the Interstate 55 and Weber Road Interchange project study area.

This section of Weber Road and the interchange with I-55 are critical commuting links for the region and serve a number of businesses and industries locally. The I-55 at Weber Road interchange was built in 1990. At that time, much of the area around Weber Road was used for farming with a few residential subdivisions. Since 1990, the population in Will County has nearly doubled, making it one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. The interchange and roadway are congested and traffic volumes are anticipated to continue to increase as growth continues in the region. In 2009, Will County completed a feasibility study of possible improvements to the interchange. Information from this study will be used in the current project and environmental studies being led by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 requires the consideration of environmental issues for "major" federal actions. These actions can include use of federal funds, federal land, or federal permits. NEPA is a procedural law that requires any planning data or decisions incorporated in planning documents to meet NEPA and the Council on Environmental Quality standards.

In the case of the I-55 at Weber Road Study a Categorical Exclusion II (CEII) is being prepared. Categorical exclusions (CEs) are actions that do not involve significant environmental impacts and therefore neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required.

This web site provided information on the progress of the study, relevant project-related materials, and opportunities to participate in the public involvement process.

StudyProgress1.jpgThe I 55 at Weber Road phase I study is now complete. Design Approval for a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) was obtained in January 2014. 

Phase I is often referred to as the Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Study Phase. Phase I involves the analysis of existing and future conditions, defining the Purpose and Need for an improvement, and developing and analyzing improvement alternatives. The culmination of the Phase I Study concludes with the selection of the preferred alternative.

Phase II is the design and land acquisition stage in the project process. After a preferred alternative receives Design Approval, plans are developed and required right of way is acquired. Phase II typically takes 18-24 months to complete.

Phase III is the construction phase for the improvement.

Phase I Engineering was funded through a partnership with IDOT and Will County. Design approval for a Diverging Diamond Interchange was obtained in January 2014. Phase II Engineering, Land Acquisition, Construction and Construction Engineering for this project is included in the Department’s FY 2015-2020 Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program and contingent upon local financial participation for improvements to adjacent highway facilities under local jurisdiction. 

Where Are We Now?

The Phase I Preliminary and Environmental study of the interchange at I 55 and Weber road has concluded.

Study Schedule

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One public hearing, two public meetings, and seven Community Advisory Group meetings have been held thus far. Detailed information about all the meetings is found below.

Public Hearing

A Public Hearing was held on Wednesday November 13, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M at the Romeoville Village Hall in Romeoville IL. The intention of the hearing was to present an overview of the Purpose and Need for Improvements and to present the Preferred Improvement, and gather public input. The format of the hearing was open house including a display of project exhibits, a continuously shown audio-visual presentation, and members of the project team available to provide information and answer questions. Attendees were encouraged to provide written comments, in addition to verbal or written testimony to a court reporter. The comment period from the Public is now closed.

Public Meetings

2nd Public Information Meeting (PIM #2) – May 12, 2011
A public meeting was held at Romeoville Village Hall on Thursday, May 12, 2011 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting was to update the public on the project status, present the project problem statement, present the Purpose and need, review the Initial range of alternative, introduce the alternative evaluation process and screening criteria, and to explain next steps in the project process. Comments and new ideas provided by the attendees were collected by the project team. An agenda and additional documents from this meeting can be found in the 'resources' tab.

1st Public Information Meeting (PIM #1) - April 7, 2010
The first Public Meeting for the study was held on April 7, 2010, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bolingbrook Golf Club in Bolingbrook. The purpose of the meeting was to provide information on the project, including the study team, process, and schedule, gather input on the project’s community context, and describe the next steps of the study. The meeting was open house format and attended by 75 people, including elected officials and staff from Will County, and the Villages of Romeoville, Bolingbrook, and Crest Hill. The meeting was also well attended by businesses and residents adjacent to the project study area. The presentation and handouts given at this meeting are available in the resources tab.

Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meetings

CAG Meeting #7
The seventh CAG meeting was held on June 12, 2012 at the Romeoville Village Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to present the results of the alternative evaluation process. The project team reviewed the Purpose and Need Screening and Impact Evaluation Process. The team presented and gathered input on the remaining alternative(s) as a result of the alternative evaluation process.  The agenda and additional documents from this meeting can be found in the resources tab.

CAG Meeting #6
The sixth CAG meeting was held on August 31, 2011 at the Romeoville Village Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to review the alternatives evaluation process and discuss the 21 potential project alternatives. The project team described the “fatal flaw” screening process (environmental and community issues) and solicited the CAG’s input on various stages of screening and evaluation of the alternatives. The agenda and additional documents from this meeting can be found in the resources tab.

CAG Meeting #5
The fifth CAG meeting was held on April 26th, 2011 at the Romeoville Village Hall. The purpose of the meeting was to review and solicit input on the presentation and displays for Public Meeting #2, held on May 12, 2011. An agenda and additional documents from this meeting can be found in the resources tab.

CAG Meeting #4
The purpose of CAG Meeting #4 was to provide a project status update, review the draft Purpose and Need for the project, present engineering and environmental considerations, and to develop an initial range of improvement alternatives. Information was presented to the group and attendees participated in an alternatives development workshop. An agenda and additional documents from this meeting can be found in the resources tab.

CAG Meeting #3
The third CAG meeting was held on November 30, 2010 at the Romeoville Village Hall. The purpose of CAG Meeting #3 was to present an update on the project status, review the draft Purpose and Need for the project, present criteria that may be used in to evaluate alternatives, and present the process for evaluating alternatives. An agenda and additional documents from this meeting can be found in the resources tab.

CAG Meeting #2
The second CAG meeting was held on November 9, 2010 at the Romeoville Recreation Center. The purpose of CAG #2 was to present an update on the project status, review the results of the first CAG meeting, and present a draft of the Purpose and Need Report. An agenda and additional documents from this meeting can be found in the resources tab.

CAG Meeting #1
The first CAG meeting was held on June 23, 2010 at the Romeoville Recreation Center. The CAG consists of elected officials and staff from Will County and the Village of Romeoville as well as residents and representatives from local business. The purpose of CAG #1 was to discuss the study process, initial findings, the role of the CAG, and to perform a workshop to brainstorm the more subtle transportation problems at the I-55 at Weber Road Interchange. The results from the Problem Statement Workshop and other materials from this meeting can be found in the resources tab.

Throughout the study process, there will be a number of ways to participate. You may follow the progress of the project by attending meetings, checking the website, and receiving newsletters. Public meetings will be held at study milestones to gather public input and share project information. Study newsletters will be sent to those that wish to be added to the study’s mailing list by filling out the form to the right.  

Public Hearings
A Public Hearing is prepared to provide the public with formal information of a proposed action. A Public Hearing for the I-55 at Weber Road Study was held on Wednesday November 13, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M at the Romeoville Village Hall in Romeoville, IL. During the meeting attendees were encouraged to provide written comments, in addition to verbal or written testimony to a court reporter that will be included as part of the public record. Written public comments can be submitted through this website via email at I55atWeberRd@clark-dietz.com or mailed to IDOT using a comment form.  The comment period for the hearing will close December 3, 2013. Presentation and exhibits used during the meeting are available for download on the Resources page under Study Documents.

Public Meetings
A number of Public Meetings are planned throughout the study and will offer opportunities for interested parties to provide input into community context, transportation issues, the project problem statement, and the development of possible solutions. The location and time of the public meetings will be advertised on this website as well as in local newspapers to invite all community members to attend. Throughout the study, this website and other multimedia and interactive opportunities to provide input and receive information will be made available.

Community Advisory Groups
A Community Advisory Group (CAG) was formed to assist the IDOT Project Study Group (PSG) with defining the study’s context, determining the study’s Purpose and Need and developing alternatives. The CAG consists of community leaders authorized to speak for their organization and stakeholders with expertise or interest in transportation, land use, the environment, or economic development in the study area. Members of the CAG provide input on the study, attend CAG meetings, and collaborate with the PSG.

Stakeholder Involvement Plan
Because Stakeholder involvement is critical to the success of this project, a Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) was developed to provide a guide for implementing a meaningful public involvement plan for the study and a framework for engaging stakeholders.

The Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) includes:

  • A detailed inventory of stakeholders
  • The roles and responsibilities of participants in the public involvement process
  • A description of opportunities for stakeholder participation
  • A tentative schedule of public involvement activities planned throughout the study
  • View the Stakeholder Involvement Plan.

Contact Us

For all questions and information about the study, contact:

I55atWeberRd@clark-dietz.com

Illinois Department of Transportation, District 1
Bureau of Programming
201 W. Center Court
Schaumburg, IL 60196-1096

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Study Documents

Meeting Documents

Public Hearing  (November 2013)

Community Advisory Group Meeting #7 (June 2012)

 Community Advisory Group Meeting #6 (August 2011)

Public Meeting #2 (May 2011)

 
Community Advisory Group Meeting #5 (April 2011)

Note:  No documents: This meeting reviewed the Public Meeting #2 materials.

Community Advisory Group Meeting #4 (January 2011)


Community Advisory Group Meeting #3 (November 2010)

Community Advisory Group Meeting #2 (November 2010)

Community Advisory Group Meeting #1 (June 2010)

Public Information Meeting #1 (April 2010)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will this study be complete?

A: Phase I of the I-55@Weber Road project received Design Approval in January 2014.

Q: What is the purpose of this study?

A: The goal of this Categorical Exclusion Type II is to identify transportation deficiencies, develop improvement alternatives, recommend preferred improvements, and identify and evaluate impacts of a preferred transportation improvement for I-55 at Weber Road.
 
 Q: Who is a project stakeholder?

A: I-55@Weber Road Study stakeholders are individuals and organizations that are actively involved in the project, or whose interests may be affected as a result of project completion. Stakeholder involvement is critical to the success of this project and an integral part of the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process.
 
Q: What is Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)?

A: Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) became official policy for the Department of Transportation (IDOT) in August of 2005. Context Sensitive Solutions is an interdisciplinary approach that seeks effective, multimodal transportation solutions by working with stakeholders to develop, build and maintain cost-effective transportation facilities which fit into and reflect the project’s surroundings – its “context.” More information on CSS can be found on IDOT’s website.
 
Q: Who is involved in this project?

A: The project is being conducted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Representatives from Will County, the Village of Bolingbrook, and the Village of Romeoville have been invited to take part in the stakeholder involvement process.
 
Q: When will construction start?

A: Phase II Engineering, Land Acquisition, Construction and Construction Engineering for this project is included in the Department’s FY 2015-2020 Multi-Modal Transportation Improvement Program, and is contingent upon local financial participation for improvements to adjacent highway facilities under local jurisdiction.
 
Q: How can I get involved?

A: Continue to check the project website for updates and view the Get Involved page. If you would like to receive notifications of scheduled meetings, newsletters, and important updates, sign up for the project mailing list to the right.

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