US 30 Fulton to Rock Falls

The Illinois Department of Transportation welcomes you to the official website for the US 30 Environmental Impact Statement and Phase I Design Report project. This website is designed to keep the community informed about the progress of the project. It also contains many tools and valuable information that allows the community to state their concerns and provide suggestions.

By viewing this website you will gain a better understanding of the project timeline, policies, procedures, and processes. Our goal is to become a community partner. We encourage your participation and feedback.

If you have questions or comments about the US 30 project, please complete the Question/Comment Submittal Form or call the project hotline at 1-866-ROUTE30 (1-866-768-8330).

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.

IDOT recently completed a review of traffic projects and level of service along the US 30 corridor. The updated traffic data will be discussed at an upcoming Project Study Group (PSG) meeting tentatively scheduled for the first half of 2016. Also, findings from the October, 2014 Public Hearing, and the Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting held January, 2015, will be discussed at the same meeting.

US 30 is a major east-west connector in northern Illinois and serves as a primary link between Iowa and northeastern Illinois. This route was America’s first coast-to-coast highway and is also known as Lincoln Highway. The need to improve US 30 was identified decades ago.

In 1967, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) singled out the need for improvements to US 30 in their “Illinois Highway Needs and Fiscal” report. In 2002, IDOT initiated an engineering study to evaluate the feasibility of an improved transportation system from east of Fulton to west of Rock Falls. After an extensive process of analyzing preliminary traffic reports, engineering data and public comments, IDOT determined that such enhancements are necessary to meet the growth and travel demands projected within the northwestern area of Illinois. Since the completion of the “US Route 30 Corridor Study” in 2006, the project has continued to receive support from the public, special interest groups, federal, state and local leaders, regional chambers of commerce, and economic development agencies. This continued support has resulted in federal funds being dedicated and programmed for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Phase I Design Report.

The scope of this project is to enhance the transportation system within Whiteside County and to facilitate the safe and efficient traffic flow throughout the region. In order to improve the safety and mobility of the roadway, it is anticipated that additional lanes will be required along a new or somewhat different alignment, a new routing around Morrison and possibly interchanges along the improvement. Due to the significant size of the project study area, there are many social, economic and environmental issues to address in developing these enhancements. IDOT is implementing an approach to public involvement consistent with their Context Sensitive Solutions guidelines to accomplish the task of providing an enhanced transportation system and addressing various issues throughout the project area. These guidelines were established to ensure a high level of public involvement in the project study process.

The proposed project is located in Whiteside County from IL 136 and Frog Pond Road, east of Fulton, to IL 40 in the city of Rock Falls. The study area is approximately 24 miles long and 10 miles wide which include six townships (Fulton, Ustick, Union Grove, Mount Pleasant, Hopkins, and Coloma) and the communities of Fulton, Morrison, Rock Falls, and Sterling. The city of Fulton resides west of the project’s western terminus of IL 136 and Frog Pond Road. Traveling east, the existing US 30 bisects the city of Morrison, which resides in the center of the project study area. Continuing east, the project limits extend to IL 40 in the city of Rock Falls and provides the eastern terminus for the project. The project study area consists of large areas of agricultural land interspersed with rural farmsteads.

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Over the next year, the Project Study Group (PSG) with the aid of stakeholder input will explore design alternatives based on environmental and engineering assessments conducted during the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The results from this effort will be a selected preferred alternative for the Final Environment Impact Statement (FEIS) document.

What is the Project Schedule?

The project team's goal is to complete the Environmental Impact Statement and Phase I Design Report in 2017. Funding for Phase II (design) and Phase III (construction) are not currently available and a better estimate of the length of time required for these phases can be prepared after Phase I is complete. Land acquisition can begin after Phase I has been completed. No funding has been secured for land acquisition at this time.

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The effort to improve US 30 from Fulton to Rock Falls is continuing! During the Environmental Impact Statement and Phase I Design Report process, there will be numerous opportunities for the public to “GET INVOLVED” and “STAY INVOLVED” through public meetings, the advisory groups, as well as other engaging activities and interactive tools.

If you have any questions or comments about the US 30 project, please complete the Question/Comment Submittal form or call the project hotline at 1-866-ROUTE30 (1-866-768-8330).

Community Advisory Group (CAG)

One of the key focus groups formed for this project is a Community Advisory Group (CAG). The CAG consist of stakeholders that represent residents, public officials, farmers, business leaders, environmentalist, and special interest groups. Members are required to participate in a number of evening meetings that may include workshop exercises developed to solicit input and garner consensus when managing community issues, addressing design/environmental and technical issues, as well as defining proposed design alternatives. If you are interested in learning more about the roles and responsibilities of the CAG please click here.

To review the CAG meeting minutes and presentations, visit the Resources tab.

CAG Roles and Responsibilities

The Community Advisory Group (CAG) members represent organizations, agencies, special interest groups, property owners, farmers, business leaders, and homeowners in the project study area. The purpose of the group is to have members learn more about the project, share their views, and discuss project issues with one another and IDOT in a group setting.

The following are a list of CAG member’s roles and responsibilities:

Roles

  • Identify criteria that reflect the ideas and interests of the community (e.g. safety, severance of farms)
  • Develop a Problem Statement
  • Participate in exercises to visualize and suggest engineering and aesthetic concepts for enhancing the project
  • Provide ideas and information to be directly used in the development of project documents and the potential corridors and alignments of US 30


Responsibilities
      • Attend meetings designed to share project related information and to elicit input from the CAG members
      • Members are responsible for sharing the information they learn with the groups they represent
      • Members must bring the various perspectives of their representative groups to the CAG discussion

 

 

Project Study Group (PSG)

The Project Study Group (PSG) is a multi-disciplinary team that will guide the development of the project. The PSG is primarily composed of individuals who represent environmental, engineering, and technical disciplines from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The PSG is a standing committee that may evolve depending on the phase or context of the project.

The primary objectives of the PSG include:

  • Expediting the project development process
  • Identifying project development issues
  • Providing guidance to developing solutions to issues identified
  • Promoting partnership with stakeholders to address identified project needs
  • Render ultimate recommendations based on consensus of stakeholders and engineering judgment

Click here to view the current list of PSG members.

Stakeholder Meetings

Members of the Project Study Group are proactive in meeting with community stakeholders such as concerned citizens, local organizations, public officials, and special interest groups in the US 30 project area. The meetings/briefings may be one-on-one, or may be conducted with several regional leaders. The purpose of the stakeholder meetings is to share information regarding the project status, gather their input, and discuss the project’s next steps to review the stakeholder meeting minutes and presentations, please visit the Resources tab.

Stakeholder Involvement Plan

The Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) is a document that is used as a blueprint for defining methods and tools to educate and engage the public and others throughout the project development process. This document is essential to accomplishing the goals of the Context Sensitive Solutions process. The SIP is an “evolving” document and is subject to revision by the Project Study Group at any time deemed necessary by the project’s progress.

Public Informational Open House #1

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) held its first Public Informational Open House on July 25, 2007, at the Odell Public Library/Community Center in Morrison, Illinois. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the public about the US 30 Environmental Impact Statement and Phase I Design Report project and its process. The attendees had an opportunity to view the project information and meet with the study team members. Click here to view the first Public Informational Open House report.

Public Informational Open House #2

IDOT held its second Public Informational Open House on January 29, 2009, in the city of Morrison. The purpose of the meeting was to inform the public about the project's progress, proposed corridors being considered for further study and discuss the project’s next steps. The attendees had an opportunity to view the project information, voice their concerns and provide comments to the study team members. Click here to view the second Public Informational Open House report.

Public Comments on the Six Alternative Alignments

In August 2010, IDOT announced that the public would have an opportunity to comment on the six alternative alignments under evaluation as part of the U.S. 30 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The purpose of this effort was to gather input from stakeholders on the alternative alignments. Click here to view the Six Alternative Alignments Public Comment Period Report.

Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement Public Hearing

A public hearing was hosted by IDOT for the US 30 Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) on October 9, 2014, at the Odell Public Library Community Room in Morrison, IL. The purpose of the meeting was to afford the public with an opportunity to view the SDEIS document, discuss their concerns regarding the project with the study team, and provide comments on the revised Build Alternatives presented at the 2011 Draft Environmental Impact Statement public hearing and the No-Build Alternative. The attendees had an opportunity to view the map displays and discuss the project with the study team.

Click here to view the Public Hearing Record Report

Click here to view the (SDEIS) Report

CAG Meeting Minutes

January 15, 2015: Community Advisory Group Meeting #9

May 8, 2012: Community Advisory Group Meeting #8

June 8, 2011: Community Advisory Group Meeting #7

June 2, 2010: Community Advisory Group Meeting #6

June 10, 2009: Community Advisory Group Meeting #5

November 6, 2008: Community Advisory Group Meeting #4

May 8, 2008: Community Advisory Group Meeting #3

May 8, 2008: Community Advisory Group Meeting #3 Corridor Maps

October 17, 2007: Community Advisory Group Meeting #2

September 12, 2007: Community Advisory Group Meeting #1

Stakeholder Meetings

May 22, 2012 - Coordination Meeting-Whiteside County & Townships Meeting Minutes

May 24, 2011 - Morrison Business Advisory Group (MBAG) Meeting Minutes

September 13, 2010 - Whiteside County Farm Bureau Meeting Minutes

April 15, 2010 - Morrison Area Business Development Alliance (ABDA) Meeting Minutes

June 11, 2009 - Whiteside County Natural Area Guardians (NAG) Meeting Minutes

June 8, 2009 - City of Morrison City Council Meeting Minutes

June 2, 2009 - City of Fulton City Council Meeting Minutes

June 2, 2009 - City of Rock Falls City Council Meeting Minutes

June 1, 2009 - City of Sterling City Council Meeting Minutes

February 17, 2009 - City of Sterling - City Council Meeting Minutes

February 2, 2009 - City of Fulton - City Council Meeting Minutes

February 2, 2009 - US 30 Coalition Meeting Minutes

January 26, 2009 - City of Rock Falls - City Council Meeting Minutes

January 21, 2009 - City of Morrison - City Council Meeting Minutes

January 21, 2009 - Whiteside County Highway Department Meeting Minutes

November 29, 2007 - City of Morrison Safety and Public Works Officials Meeting Minutes

November 8, 2007 - City of Rock Falls Safety and Public Works Meeting Minutes

November 7, 2007 - City of Fulton Safety and Public Works Officials Meeting Minutes

October 18, 2007 - Whiteside Co Natural Area Guardians Meeting Minutes

October 17, 2007 - Morrison Rotary Club Meeting Minutes

October 15, 2007 - Greater Sterling Dev Corp Meeting Minutes

October 9, 2007 - Iowa DOT Commission Meeting Minutes

September 17, 2007 - City of Fulton Meeting Minutes

August 28, 2007 - IDNR Meeting Minutes

August 28, 2007 - Whiteside Co Hwy Dept and Township Rdwy Commissioners Meeting Minutes

August 20, 2007 - City of Sterling City Council Meeting Minutes

July 24, 2007 - U.S. Senator Barack Obama Meeting Minutes

July 24, 2007 - Iowa DOT and City of Clinton Qtrly Meeting Minutes

July 23, 2007 - US 30 Coalition Meeting Minutes

July 23, 2007 - Morrison City Council Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2007 - Illinois State Senator Todd Sieben Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2007 - Illinois State Rep Michael Boland Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2007 - Illinois State Rep Jerry Mitchell Meeting Minutes

July 16, 2007 - Iowa-Illinois Highway Partnership [IIHP]Meeting Minutes

Project Maps

Build Alternatives 4 & 5 (2014)

Build Alternatives 4 & 5 (2012)

Build Alternatives 4 & 5 (2010)

Proposed Six Alignments (2010)

National Environment Policy Act (NEPA), Environmental Boundary Map (2009)

Corridors Created by the CAG (2007)

The Initial Study Band Boundary Map (2007)

Crash Reports

2007-2009

2002-2006

Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement Report - August 2014

2014 SDEIS

Press Releases

2014 Supplemental Draft EIS Public Hearing

2011 Draft EIS Public Hearing

2010 Public Comment on Six Alignments

Meeting Notices

2014 Supplemental Draft EIS Public Hearing

2011 Draft EIS Public Hearing

2009 Public Informational Open House

Media

October 9, 2014 - Public weighs in on US Route 30 bypass options

October 9, 2014 - IDOT presents US 30 Route alternatives to public

October 8, 2014 - Share your views on proposed Morrison bypass

October 8, 2014 - Widening Highway 30 in NW Illinois

September 27, 2012 - A wider Route 30 highway discussed

June 27, 2011 - Successful IDOT Public Hearing

June 25, 2011 - Taking Morrison Off Course?

June 13, 2011 - Illinois Department of Transportation Open House Hearing

May 25, 2011 - Bypass means in-town traffic would drop by half

May 10, 2011 - Group: City must get involved in planning

April 12, 2011 - IDOT: No money on tap for U.S. 30 Project

April 8, 2011 - Bypass concerns Morrison businesses

July 24, 2010 - U.S. Route 30 expansion plan receives $500,000

February 3, 2009 - Fulton Council Concerned with U.S. 30; Councilman Says It Is Taking Too Long

February 2, 2009 - Design Work Progressing on U.S. 30 Upgrades

November 7, 2008 - Group Considers Bypass Routes

October 18, 2007 - Group Begins Plans to Widen Route 30

September 22, 2007 - U.S. 30 corridor presentation made to Fulton Council

July 26, 2007 - Public Chimes In on Route 30 Expansion

July 24, 2007 - Comments Sought on Route 30 Plan

June 24, 2007 - Comments Sought on Widening Route 30

February 28, 2007 - Group seeks $3M to widen U.S. 30

March 7, 2006 - $7.75M committed to U.S. 30

February 22, 2006 - Reader thanks Boland, Suehl for hard work on U.S. 30

Public Involvement

Open House #1

Open House #2

Six Alternative Alignments

Draft EIS Public Hearing

Supplemental Draft EIS Public Hearing Record Report

Newsletters

Issue 7, 2014

Issue 6, 2012

Issue 5, 2010

Issue 4, 2009

Issue 3, 2009

Issue 2, 2008

Issue 1, 2007

Reference Materials

Reference Guide

Terminology

Glossary

Technical Memo

Traffic Analysis

  1. How much time will Phase I require? Is funding secured to support the project through construction?
    It is anticipated that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Phase I Design Report will be completed in 2017. Currently, funding has only been secured to finance Phase I.
  2. What is the importance of the Purpose and Need Statement?
    The Purpose and Need Statement is federally required and is the basis for evaluating alternatives and environmental impacts in the EIS. It establishes why a project should take place and explains to the public and decision-makers that the expenditure of funds is necessary and worthwhile. Although significant environmental impacts are expected to result from the project, the Purpose and Need Statement should justify why impacts are acceptable based on the project's importance. The project's Purpose and Need Statement drives the process for alternatives consideration, in-depth analyses, and ultimate selection. Without a well-defined, well-established, and well-justified Purpose and Need Statement, it will be difficult to determine which alternatives are reasonable, prudent, and practical. Also, it may be impossible to dismiss the no-build alternative.
  3. Would a three-lane widening of US 30 as it passes through Morrison satisfy the Purpose and Need Statement "To reduce traffic congestion, Improve traffic capacity, Improve safety, accommodate freight, and establish roadway continuity?"
    A three-lane roadway configuration could potentially reduce traffic congestion, improve traffic capacity, improve safety, and accommodate freight based on our current traffic volumes. However, the proposed project and its roadway design/alignment must accommodate not only the traffic that utilizes the roadway today, but that which is anticipated to utilize the route within the next 20 years. Based on our projected traffic volumes, a three lane improvement would be insufficient to meet the goals of the Purpose and Need Statement within the 20-year timeframe.
  4. When will land acquisition occur? How is the amount of right-of-way (ROW) determined? When will you begin identifying properties that may be impacted by the project?
    The department can begin acquiring right-of-way (ROW) after the EIS and Phase I Design Report are approved and funding for ROW has been secured. The amount of ROW is set on the basis of what is needed to provide a safe and functional highway for the traveling public. Potential alignments will be shown to the public as they are developed. Impacted property owners will be contacted individually when a recommended alignment has been chosen.
  5. Who determines how much compensation I will receive for the proposed ROW that the department will acquire with the project, and how is it calculated?
    The department would have an appraisal prepared on the property to determine fair market value, either by an I DOT staff appraiser or a private appraiser hired by the department. They would determine the value of the area being purchased and any damage to the remaining parcel. if the whole property is being acquired; additional relocation assistance would be provided by the department.
  6. How were Community Advisory Group (CAG) members selected for the project? Is it possible for other interested citizens to join the CAG? as the project progresses? What if a CAG member is not effectively representing their particular interest group?
    The CAG members were selected from individuals, groups, organizations, and agencies from the communities within the project study area representing a wide cross-section of people and interests. If the Project Study Group (PSG) believes adequate representation is not being provided through the established CAG, an individual may be asked to join the CAG. Also if it is determined that a group is not being sufficiently represented by a current CAG member, the PSG will work with that interest group to determine if there is a more suitable representative to serve on the CAG. Continuity is very important in the CSS process and therefore a decision such as this would be given great consideration by the PSG.
  7. How can I get Involved during this phase of the project?
    The department has outlined a very open and engaging community involvement plan through its Context Sensitive Solutions process. The plan creates a forum for the public to be educated, informed and involved throughout the entire EIS and Phase I Design Report. Such opportunities include participating in public meetings, visiting the project website (www.idot.illinois.gov/projects/us-30-fulton-to-rock-falls), calling the project hotline at 1- 866-ROUTE30 (1-866-768-8330), requesting the Project Study Team to speak to your group, and attending the CAG meetings.

Funding for construction improvements for this study have not been identified. 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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