The Illinois Department of Transportation has initiated a preliminary engineering and environmental study (Phase I) for the improvement of IL 176 at Nish Road located in unincorporated Nunda Township in McHenry County. The proposed project is anticipated to consist of the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of IL 176 and Nish Road, and the realignment of Wright Road at Nish Road approximately 200 feet to the west. Riverside Drive is proposed to end in a “tee” intersection at Wright Road. The project will also include pedestrian and bicyclist accommodations and drainage improvements. The improvements are expected to improve traffic operations and enhance safety at the intersection. This improvement is included in the Department’s FY 2017-2022 Proposed Highway Improvement Program, utilizing funding through the federal National Highway Performance program. Our current engineering efforts are targeted to enable a contract letting in the later years of our current multi-year program contingent upon plan readiness, land acquisition, and funding availability through our future annual legislative appropriations.
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.
Open House Meeting – August 2, 2016
An open house meeting was held to discuss the need for the improvement, to present the proposed improvement plan, and to obtain public input. The following materials were presented at the meeting:
Written comments can be submitted via email to IL176atnish@clarkdietz.com. Comments received by August 23, 2016 will become part of the meeting record.
IDOT is currently at the early stages of Phase I for this project. As we make changes, this website will be updated accordingly.