Illinois Route 29 Study

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) welcomes you to the official website for the IL Route 29 Study in Peoria, Marshall, Putnam, and Bureau Counties.  This website contains project information, location maps, and other general information regarding the study to widen IL Route 29 from IL Route 6 in Peoria County to Interstate 180 in Bureau County. 

We encourage your participation and feedback in this study.  Please feel free to give us your comments by writing to us at the address shown under the 'Get Involved' tab.

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.

 

The IL Route 29 Study is investigating alternatives to enhance transportation systems in the IL Route 29 corridor between IL Route 6 and Interstate 180. Proposed improvement enhancements include increasing travel efficiency, providing better transportation continuity, and facilitating modal interrelationships. An improved facility would accommodate existing and future traffic demand for both local and regional travelers and would offer more safety while minimizing disturbance to the environment.

The IL Route 29 Study began in November 2001. Since that time, many alternatives have been developed and studied to obtain an indication of the impacts of an improved facility. Public meetings were held in June 2003 and July 2004 to present the findings to date. Following the public meetings, IDOT reviewed the comments received and considered them, along with the impact information, in the selection of alignments to be carried forward for further engineering studies and environmental analyses.

In June 2006, public hearings were held to present the preferred IL Route 29 alternative and proposed road closures to the public. Approximately 350 people attended a hearing in Chillicothe, and over 175 people attended a hearing in Henry. The project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was also made available at this time for public and agency review and comment.

The department continued refinement of the design based upon public and agency input as well as more detailed studies. In January 2008, a public meeting was held in Sparland to describe design changes in the Sparland area and to receive comments on those changes.

In April 2009, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration signed the Illinois Route 29 (IL 29) Study Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The FEIS summarizes the public and agency comments on the DEIS and the responses to those comments. It also describes coordination with agencies and local governments since the June 2006 public hearings.

The Final Environmental Impact Statement has been made available for public and agency review and comment. The FEIS is available for review at the following libraries:

Peoria Public Library
107 NE Monroe
Peoria, IL
Lacon Public Library
205 6th Street
Lacon, IL
  
Henry Public Library
702 Front Street
Henry, IL
Chillicothe Public Library
430 N. Bradley Avenue
Chillicothe, IL

The comment period for the FEIS closed on June 22, 2009. The project's Record of Decision (ROD), which summarizes the reasons for selecting the preferred alternative described in the FEIS, has been prepared and concludes the project's environmental study phase.

The project's Combined Design Report (CDR), which explains the design parameters used on this project and documents the various design decisions that have been made, was completed in June 2010 and is available for review in the resources section. The completion of the Combined Design Report concludes the project's study phase. Subsequent phases of this project will address design details for the Final Preferred Alternative.

Public Meetings in July, 2004

Below are links to project area maps and other exhibits from the public meetings held in July 2004. Please note that these are not the most current maps and exhibits available. These maps are provided for historical information only. The maps of the Final Preferred Alternative are more current.
Click on a link to view the maps:

Schematic Map - General location map showing alternatives displayed at the public meetings held in July 2004.

South Section - Chillicothe area.

Central Section - Between Chillicothe and north of Sparland.

Sparland Interchange - Alternatives for interchange design at Sparland.

North Section - From north of Sparland to I-180.

Other exhibits shown at the July 2004 public meetings.

Public Meeting in June, 2006

Below are links to project area maps and other exhibits from the public hearings held in June 2006. Please note that these are not the most current maps and exhibits available. These maps are provided for historical information only. The maps of the 2009 Final Preferred Alternative are more current.
Click on a link to view the maps:

Overall Aerial Map - General map showing the preferred alternative as well as the alternatives eliminated since the public meetings held in July 2004.

South Section - Chillicothe area Central Section - Between Chillicothe and north of Sparland. North Section - From north of Sparland to I-180

 Other exhibits shown at the June 2006 Public Hearings.

  •  Welcome
  • Typical Sections
  • Typical Sections at north side of Chillicothe
  • Expressway vs. Freeway Design
  • Impact Summary Table
  • Mitigation and Enhancement Measures
  • June 2006 Public Hearing Handout

Public Meeting in Sparland - January 2008

On January 23, 2008, an open house public meeting was held at the Sparland Village Hall to present updates and receive comments regarding design revisions in the Sparland area. Below are links to computer enhanced exhibits from the public meeting that were used to describe the proposed design. Please note the exhibits are conceptual and the actual design may be altered pending additional studies and public input.

Click on a link to view the maps:

Sparland Area

Final Preferred Alternative, June 2009

Below are links to project area maps of the Final Preferred Alternative for the IL Route 29 Study. These June 2009 maps show the preferred alignment and proposed right-of-way for the project. Please note the alignment and proposed right-of-way may be altered pending additional studies and public input from subsequent phases of the project.

Click on a link to view the maps

South Section - Chillicothe area

Central Section - Between Chillicothe and north of Sparland

North Section - From north of Sparland to I-180

The IL Route 29 Study began in November 2001. Since that time, many alternatives have been developed and studied to obtain an indication of the impacts of an improved facility. Public meetings were held in June 2003 and July 2004 to present the findings to date. Following the public meetings, IDOT reviewed the comments received and considered them, along with the impact information, in the selection of alignments to be carried forward for further engineering studies and environmental analyses.

In June 2006, public hearings were held to present the preferred IL Route 29 alternative and proposed road closures to the public. Approximately 350 people attended a hearing in Chillicothe, and over 175 people attended a hearing in Henry. The project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was also made available at this time for public and agency review and comment. The department continued refinement of the design based upon public and agency input as well as more detailed studies.

In January 2008, a public meeting was held in Sparland to describe design changes in the Sparland area and to receive comments on those changes.

In April 2009, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration signed the Illinois Route 29 (IL 29) Study Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). The FEIS summarizes the public and agency comments on the DEIS and the responses to those comments. It also describes coordination with agencies and local governments since the June 2006 public hearings. The Final Environmental Impact Statement has been made available for public and agency review and comment.

IDOT is interested in your comments and feedback on the IL Route 29 Study and encourages people in the study area to stay informed and participate throughout the duration of the project.

If you have comments or questions about the study, please contact:

Mr. Michael Lewis, P.E.
Illinois Department of Transportation
Region Three, District Four
401 Main Street
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: 309-671-3454
Fax: 309-671-3498
TTY: (800) 526-0844
Voice Users: (800) 526-0857

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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