IL 83 / 137 Study

IDOT is studying potential improvements to approximately 11 miles of Illinois 83 (Milwaukee Avenue/Barron Boulevard) and Illinois 137 (Buckley Road) in Lake County. This section of IL 83/IL 137 is located in the communities of Lake Villa, Round Lake Beach, Grayslake and Libertyville.

In this region, IL 83 and IL 137 serve as a main north-south corridor. IDOT has initiated this study because of the importance of these roadways in servicing the local and regional traffic.

The existing IL 83 and IL 137 roadway alignments vary throughout the study area and include:

  • Two to five lanes
  • Turning lanes to access businesses, residences and other facilities
  • No shoulder to 8-foot-wide shoulders
  • Bicycle paths, sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks in select locations

The study area includes residential, commercial areas, green space and limited industrial areas. Some notable community features include:

  • Natural areas, including Rollins Savanna Forest Preserve
  • Cultural resources, including Angola and Avon cemeteries
  • Parks, including Fox Chase Park
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Businesses
  • Residences

Additional community features will be identified during the planning process.

The Second Public Meeting was held for this project on Tuesday May 24, 2016 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center in Round Lake Beach.  The purpose of the meeting was to present the purpose and need for the improvement, to present the range of alternatives and to obtain public input.  Material presented and details regarding the meeting can be found within the resources section (below).

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 proposed project is located in Lake County in northeastern Illinois. The study involves two state roadways–IL 83 (Milwaukee Avenue/Barron Boulevard) and IL 137 (Buckley Road). Proposed improvements on IL 83 extend from Grande Avenue to IL 120 (Belvedere Road). The study also includes potential improvements to IL 137 from IL 83 to just east of US 45. The total length of the project is approximately 11 miles.

As the study progresses, a study area boundary will be defined, encompassing community and environmental resources. This allows for a range of alternatives to be developed and studied within the defined boundary.

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Several townships and communities are in the vicinity of the project including:



IDOT develops and implements projects using a three-phase process:

  • Phase I: Preliminary engineering and environmental studies
  • Phase II: Contract plan preparation and land acquisition
  • Phase III: Construction

The IL 83/IL 137 preliminary engineering and environmental study (Phase I) has been funded. This funding was provided in previous IDOT fiscal-year programs. Funding for contract plan preparation (Phase II) is included in the Department’s Fiscal Year 2016-2021 Proposed Highway Improvement Program. Funding for land acquisition (Phase II), construction (Phase III), and construction engineering are not currently included in the Department’s Fiscal Year 2016-2021 Proposed Highway Transportation Improvement Program. However, this project will be included in our priorities for future funding consideration among similar improvement needs throughout the region.

Phase I: Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Studies
During this phase, IDOT studies a broad range of alternatives, including a “no build” option, to improve IL 83/IL 137 in the study area. IDOT also conducts environmental analysis to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The project team will collect information, analyze the alternatives and identify potential effects to study area resources. The results of these studies will be presented in an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Combined Design Report. Learn more about NEPA.  

Phase I Overview
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Data Collection

  • Begin collecting data
  • Prepare Community Context Audit
  • Develop Stakeholder Involvement Plan
  • Identify project stakeholders
  • Form Project Study Group (PSG) and Community Advisory Group (CAG)

Develop Purpose and Need of Project

  • Continue collecting data
  • Formulate project Problem Statement
  • Identify project goals and objectives
  • Develop project Purpose and Need Statement

Develop and Evaluate Alternatives

  • Conduct technical studies and fieldwork
  • Develop alternative evaluation criteria
  • Identify and screen possible alternatives
  • Select alternatives to be studied in the Environmental Assessment
  • Evaluate and compare alternatives

Determine Preferred Alternative

  • Select Preferred Alternative
  • Conduct a Public Hearing
  • Prepare the Final Environmental Assessment and Combined Design Report
  • Issue the Finding of No Significant Impact
Context Sensitive Solutions

A key planning tool for this study will be a stakeholder involvement program based upon the principles of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS). CSS 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”).

Through early, frequent, and meaningful communication with stakeholders and a flexible, creative approach to design, the resulting project should improve safety and mobility for the traveling public while seeking to preserve and enhance the scenic, economic, historic, and natural qualities of the settings through which they pass. CSS stakeholder activities will include Community Advisory Group (CAG) meetings, meetings with special interest groups, and public meetings as well as a public hearing. All input will be evaluated and used to help shape viable solutions.

The CSS project approach enhances public participation in the transportation planning process.


This project is being developed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The purpose of the NEPA is to ensure that environmental factors are weighted equally when compared to other factors in the decision making process.


The study includes multiple opportunities for you to participate by submitting comments, attending public meetings and keeping informed through this website and newsletters. We will update this website as the IL 83/IL 137 Study progresses to help you stay informed.

Your participation and input are vital to the success of the study. We value your input and look forward to your participation. To get involved:

  • Join our Mailing List
  • Submit Comments
  • Review materials on the Study Documents page
  • Attend a Public Meeting
  • Volunteer to be on the Community Advisory Group

We are engaging the community in the following ways:

  • Community Advisory Group
  • Small group/individual meetings
  • Public meetings
  • Briefings and presentations
  • Informational materials
  • Media releases

Because stakeholder involvement is critical to the planning process for this study, a Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) has been developed to guide the stakeholder involvement program.

Community Advisory Group

IDOT has formed a Community Advisory Group (CAG) to ensure the values and interests of the community are incorporated into project solutions.

The CAG supports the CSS approach and stakeholder engagement program during the planning process. The CAG will be comprised of community leaders, including elected officials, representatives from local municipalities, homeowners, business owners, and local special interest groups.

The CAG ensures that identified solutions balance community, technical and long-range planning needs. It also assists in keeping the project on the right track with respect to implementation. The CAG will provide input at key milestones throughout Phase I of the planning process. CAG meetings will be designed to encourage timely and meaningful input by members.

View a list of the CAG Members.

Contact Us

We are interested in hearing your ideas and opinions! Please let us know what you think about the IL 83/IL 137 Study. Get all of the IL 83/IL 137 Study information sent directly to you by joining our project mailing list.

Please use the e-mail address below to submit a comment or question and/or join the mailing list. 

If you prefer, you may contact us by US mail, email or telephone:

Illinois Department of Transportation, District 1
Attn: John Baldauf, P.E.
201 West Center Ct.
Schaumburg, IL 60196


Phone:  (618) 381-7086

Before including your contact information or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time through the Freedom of Information Act. No personal information will be provided for other purposes.

Browse study documents, maps, meeting materials and resources to learn more about the IL 83/IL 137 Study.

Documents Newsletters Meeting Materials

CAG Meeting #1
June 19, 2012

CAG Meeting #2
September 5, 2012

CAG Meeting #3
November 7, 2012

CAG Meeting #4
January 12, 2016

Public Meeting #1
March 6, 2012

Public Meeting #2
May 24, 2016

Comment and application forms:

IDOT is currently at the early stages of Phase I for this project. 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.

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