IL Route 47 Study (Caton Farm Road to IL 71)

This website has been created to facilitate public input and provide facts about the Illinois Route 47 Study, process, and schedule. The study area is comprised of approximately 4.5 miles extending from Illinois Route 71 on the north to Caton Farm Road on the south, located within unincorporated Kendall County and the United City of Yorkville. We invite you to explore the website and provide your comments and recommendations regarding the study through our Get Involved section.

What's New?

Combined Design Report

The Combined Design Report was approved on November 3, 2015.  They can be found in the RESOURCES Section.

IDOT Holds Public Hearing

On August 19, 2015, IDOT held a Public Hearing for the Illinois Route 47 Study. The hearing was held at the Yorkville Public Library. The purpose of the hearing was to: present the proposed plan, present project impacts, provide land acquisition and relocation assistance information, answer project questions, and solicit public feedback. The hearing was an open house format conducted between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, and the 45 attendees had the opportunity to view exhibits, provide comments and meet with IDOT and study team representatives on a one-on-one basis. A total of 4 written comments were received. The comment period for the Public Hearing record ended on September 2, 2015.

Third Local Officials Meeting

On July 27, 2015, IDOT held the third meeting with local officials  for the Illinois Route 47 Study. The meeting was held at the United City of Yorkville’s City Hall. The meeting was attended by Yorkville and Kendall County officials and the project study team. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a project update and to present the Preferred Alternative to the local officials for review and comment prior to the Public Hearing.

Third Project Study Group (PSG) Meeting – December 11, 2014

Third Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting

The third Community Advisory Group meeting for the IL Route 47 study was held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Yorkville Public Library. The purpose of the meeting was to: present a project overview and update, review the results from the second Community Advisory Group meeting, review and discuss the Preferred Alternative, and solicit input on the Preferred Alternative.

IDOT Holds Second Public Information Meeting

On March 14, 2013, IDOT held the second public information meeting for the Illinois Route 47 Study. The meeting was held in Yorkville at the Meadowhawk Lodge located in the Hoover Forest Preserve. The purpose of the meeting was to: present project information regarding the proposed reconstruction of IL 47, present possible project impacts, provide land acquisition and relocation assistance information, answer project questions, and solicit public feedback on the project. The meeting was an open house format conducted between 4:00 pm and 7 pm, and the 33 attendees had the opportunity to review exhibits, provide comments and meet with IDOT and study team representatives on a one-on-one basis. A total of three (3) written comments were received during the meeting, and the comment period extended through March 29, 2013 for the public meeting record.

Second Local Officials Meeting

On August 16, 2012, IDOT held the second meeting with local officials for the Illinois Route 47 Study. The meeting was held at the United City of Yorkville’s City Hall, and was attended by Yorkville officials and study team members. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a project update and to present and explain the conceptual preferred alternative to the local officials for review and comment. Additional topics discussed included: CMAP 2040 traffic projections, additional IDOT projects in the Yorkville area, traffic signals, the location of sidewalks and/or shared use paths, street lighting along the corridor, property access, and future development plans.

Second Project Study Group (PSG) Meeting – June 14, 2012

Second Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting

IDOT conducted the second Community Advisory Group Meeting to continue the Illinois Route 47 Study. The meeting was held on May 7, 2012 at the Yorkville Public Library. The purpose of the meeting was to: present a project overview and update; review the Community Context Audit responses; discuss the proposed Problem Statement and Purpose & Need; and solicit input on proposed project alternatives.

First Project Study Group (PSG) Meeting – October 26, 2011;

First Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting

The first Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting for the Illinois Route 47 Study was held by IDOT on August 25, 2011 at the Yorkville Public Library. The purpose of the meeting was to: provide a project overview and schedule, explain the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) process, identify preliminary issues and concerns, and outline the next project steps.

First Public Information Meeting to Kick-Off Project

On February 17, 2011, IDOT hosted the first public information meeting to kick off the Illinois Route 47 Study at the Yorkville Public Library. The purpose of the meeting was to: gather information about transportation issues and concerns in the study area from members of the community and users of the roadway; recruit Community Advisory Group (CAG) members, who will provide input on various project elements, needs and alternatives; identify possible improvements and solutions that may become part of project alternatives; and, locate important resources or features that should be considered as the study continues. The meeting was an open house format, and the 37 attendees had the opportunity to review exhibits, provide comments and meet with IDOT and study team representatives on a one-on-one basis. A total of six (6) comments were received during the comment period, indicating general support for the project, with questions regarding property access, traffic flow and drainage. Additionally, four (4) individuals indicated an interest in serving on the Community Advisory Group.

First Local Officials Meeting

The first Local Officials Meeting was held on August 3, 2010 at the United City of Yorkville’s City Hall. The meeting was attended by Yorkville and Kendall County officials, and the project study team. The purpose of the meeting was to present an overview of the Phase I study background and process, the proposed scope of work, and project issues. Local officials were given the opportunity to offer additional thoughts and comments. The following topics were discussed in more detail: potential new high school development; bike path/pedestrian connections; utilities; CSS/public involvement efforts; ComEd/Railroad Agreement regarding right-of-way usage; roadways under the jurisdiction of Kendall County; traffic signals; anticipated cross-section designs; and, funding.

It is anticipated that two additional Local Officials Meetings will take place over the course of the Illinois 47 Study.

Project Initiated

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has initiated the Illinois 47 Study. This study will examine transportation needs of and solutions for this corridor through an extensive public involvement process as part of the Department’s Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) policy. The study area is comprised of approximately 4.5 miles extending from Illinois Route 71 on the north to Caton Farm Road on the south, located within unincorporated Kendall County and the United City of Yorkville.

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.

 

Study Area

The Illinois Route 47 study area is comprised of approximately 4.5 miles along IL 47, from Illinois Route 71 on the north to Caton Farm Road on the south. The study area contains agricultural and rural land uses for the southern three (3) miles located primarily in unincorporated Kendall County, with a mixture of residential and commercial land uses within the portion of the study area located in the United City of Yorkville. The existing roadway generally consists of a two-lane rural cross-section with open ditch drainage for the southern, unincorporated area, and two-lanes with turning lanes and intersection widening for the northern section in Yorkville. IDOT has identified that the current traffic volumes in this corridor are near the capacity of the existing roadway, and that additional development and lack of alternate routes will continue to increase demand on the state highway system. The proposed scope of work will be determined through engineering evaluation and public involvement. Il 47 north and south of this study area is currently programmed for reconstruction to four lanes.

Construction and land acquisition for this project are unfunded in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2021 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.  This project will be monitored and considered for inclusion in future programs.

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Study Process

Step One: Stakeholder Identification, Development of the SIP, Project Initiation. This stage of the project development process includes: organizing a Community Advisory Group; reaching out to local officials and other agencies about the project; and hosting Public Information Meeting #1 to educate stakeholders, identify study area issues/concerns and present initial alternatives. Community context audits will be prepared for Yorkville and Kendall County to identify unique community characteristics that contribute to the project’s context and will need to be considered in the project development process.

Step Two: Refine Alternatives. This stage of the project consists of the further detailed evaluation of project alternatives.

Step Three: Approval of Final Alternative. The process will continue with the identification and concurrence of the preferred design and approval of the Preferred Alternative. The Preferred Alternative will be based on technical analysis and stakeholder input.

Study Schedule

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Project Study Group

The Project Study Group (PSG) consists of representatives from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the project consultant team and other technical agencies as appropriate. The membership of the PSG may evolve as the understanding of the project’s context is clarified.

The PSG has primary responsibility for the project development process. This group will meet throughout the study process to provide oversight and expertise in key areas including study process, agency procedures and standards, and technical approaches.

Other responsibilities of the PSG include the following:

  • Expediting the project development process.
  • Identifying and resolving project development issues.
  • Promoting partnerships with stakeholders to address identified project needs.
  • Working to develop consensus among stakeholders.

The PSG will make project recommendations and decisions on this project with the Illinois Department of Transportation and FHWA making the final project scope decisions in consideration of technical and public inputs.

Get Involved:

Public Involvement/CSS:

Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) is a collaborative public involvement approach which provides opportunities for all project stakeholders to become involved, and uses a flexible, creative design approach to develop, construct and maintain cost effective transportation facilities.  A stakeholder is defined as anyone who could be affected by the project and has a stake in its outcome.  The inclusive process contributes to the selection of an improvement design that fits into its surroundings or its “context”.  CSS addresses all modes of transportation, and strives to preserve scenic, aesthetic, historic and environmental resources while maintaining safety and mobility.

The purpose of CSS is to gather and duly consider project input from all interested parties by promoting extensive public involvement and frequent communication with stakeholders.  A detailed program is developed and tailored to the specific outreach needs of each project, compiled in a document known as the Stakeholder Involvement Plan, or SIP.  The information collected through the CSS process, coupled with detailed technical analysis, form the basis for ultimate project scope decisions.

Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP):

As part of the overall public involvement program for the Illinois Route 47 Study, a Stakeholder Involvement Plan, or SIP, has been developed and will set forth opportunities for public involvement and participation in the study.  The goal of the SIP is to actively seek the participation of communities, agencies, individual interest groups, and the general public throughout the project development process. The SIP provides the framework for achieving consensus and communicating the decision-making process between the general public, public agencies, and governmental officials to identify transportation solutions for the project.  The Illinois Route 47 Stakeholder Involvement Plan is available for review.

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Outreach Meetings

Public Meetings

Public involvement for the IL Route 47 project will include opportunities for public involvement in the form of public meetings. These large-scale meetings will encourage public attendance and foster public awareness of project developments and alternatives that are being evaluated. These meetings will also provide a forum for general public input, including concerns and comments regarding project alternatives. Two public meetings and one public hearing will be held to coincide with major milestones during the project development process. 

The first Public Information Meeting (February 17, 2011) served as a project kickoff to educate stakeholders on the project process, study area and history.  It provided an opportunity for the public to share its perspectives regarding transportation issues and project concerns.

The second Public Information Meeting (March 14, 2013) gave stakeholders an additional opportunity to provide input and further refine the proposed alternative.

The Public Hearing (August 19, 2015) presented the Preferred Alternative for public review and comment.  For more information, see the Resources section.

Community Advisory Group Meetings

IDOT will be enlisting the input of the Illinois Route 47 Community Advisory Group (CAG) to assist with the project.  The CAG will provide input on various study elements including the definition of project needs, and evaluation of the potential alternatives. The CAG consists of community leaders from the study area, and stakeholders with expertise or technical interest in environmental, land use, transportation, and economic development that are affected by the study, as well as other representative stakeholders. Other individuals wishing to be considered for CAG membership will be able to do so by signing up at public meetings or via the project website, or by responding to fliers.  The PSG will ultimately determine CAG membership to ensure balanced representation in an effective and manageable workshop setting.  It is anticipated there will be three of these meetings which will be scheduled to correspond with key project milestones.

Involvement Opportunities:

There will be several methods for the public to become involved and obtain information about the project. These methods will provide information and opportunity for feedback regarding upcoming public meeting events, project schedule, and general project status updates within the study area.

Community Advisory Group (CAG)
Multiple CAG meetings will be conducted as a means to obtain representative stakeholder input regarding various project issues and potential system solutions. Meetings with individual stakeholder groups will also be scheduled as needed.  Renderings and visualizations will be developed to illustrate concepts and issues that have been raised, developed, and evaluated. The renderings and visualizations will be dependent on the topic of discussion and format of the particular workshop. 

Public Outreach Meetings

Stakeholder involvement for the IL Route 47 study will be an ongoing process from project initiation through completion. Various meetings will be held throughout the project development process to provide outreach opportunities to all stakeholders.  These meeting opportunities are listed below.

Public Meetings
Public meetings will be held at key points during the project development phase to engage the public. The purpose of the meetings will be to gather the thoughts and concerns regarding the information presented. Questions raised by meeting participants, depending on the nature, will be either answered immediately or addressed in subsequent meetings, letters or other communication mechanisms.  Comments received at the public meetings will be documented, and the information will be considered as a part of the analysis and evaluation of the proposed improvements. Individuals on the mailing list will receive invitations in the mail announcing future meetings.

Public Hearing
A Public Hearing will be held near the end of the Phase I process to present the Preferred Alternative for public review and comment.

Other Public Involvement Opportunities

In addition to the meeting opportunities described in the preceding section, there will be several other methods for the public to obtain information about the project. These methods (noted below) will provide information and opportunity for feedback regarding upcoming public meeting events, project schedule, and general project status updates within the study area.

Mailing List
To support public meeting invitations and other direct public contact, a mailing list will be developed and updated regularly.  This list will include property owners as identified in tax records, area officials and other interested individuals.  Phone numbers and e-mail addresses will be added to the list, as available. If you would like to be added to the Mailing List, please visit the “Contact Us” section of the Information Center.

Media Strategies
An effective method of informing the general public about a project and its results is through broadcast and print media.  Media strategies to be used during this study include advertisements, handouts, press releases, and media correspondence with agency-designated spokespersons.

Question/Comment Submittal Form
Please fill out a comment form, as we are interested in your thoughts and ideas. This will add you to our mailing list to receive meeting notices and other mailings unless you ask not to receive them.  The comment form is located in the “Contact Us” section of the Resources tab.

Study Documents

Throughout the duration of the Illinois Route 47 Study, project documents will be posted to the website.  These documents may include:  draft and final reports, study area maps, presentations, and communication pieces such as, FAQ’s, glossary of terms, and project photos and graphics.

Combined Design Report - Vol. 1

Combined Design Report - Appendix E to End

Combined Design Report - Preliminary Plans

Combined Design Reports - Preliminary Cross Sections

Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP)

CAG Meeting #3 Summary

CAG Meeting #2 Summary

CAG Meeting #1 Summary

Public Hearing (August 19, 2015) Summary and Meeting Exhibits

Public Information Meeting #2 (March 14, 2013) Summary and Meeting Exhibits

Public Information Meeting #1 (February 17, 2011)

Media Center

Press Releases
 There are no press releases at this time.

Contact Us

As the Illinois Route 47 Study progresses, we will regularly update this website to ensure you are kept informed of our progress. The study team is interested in hearing your ideas and opinions! If you have questions or comments about the study please fill out the Question/Comment Submittal Form, or contact us at:

Joe Kannel, P.E.
Studies & Plans Project Engineer
IDOT District 3
700 E. Norris Drive
Ottawa, Illinois 61350
Phone: 815-434-8454
Joseph.Kannel@illinois.gov

Construction and land acquisition for this project are unfunded in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2021 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.  This project will be monitored and considered for inclusion in future programs.

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