IL 47 Project Study

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Illinois Route 47: Reed Road to U.S. 14

The Illinois Department of Transportation (Department) completed the preliminary engineering and environmental studies (Phase I) for the improvements of IL 47/IL 176 at Pleasant Valley Road and to widen IL 47 to provide two lanes in each direction from US Route 14 (US 14) to Reed Road.  Detailed design and preparation of contract plans (Phase II) is underway for widening between the intersections of IL 47/IL 176 (north and south junctions) and the realignment of Pleasant Valley Road as well as the replacement of the existing bridge carrying IL 47 over the Kishwaukee River (South of Ballard Road).

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.

 

IL 47 Reed to US 14

The proposed scope of work for this project is to reconstruct the mainly two-lane roadway corridor to provide improved traffic mobility and capacity.  IDOT proposes the following scope of work while improving safety and mobility for vehicles and pedestrians:

  • Two lanes in each direction separated by a grass or raised median,
  • The addition of paved shoulders through high speed areas and turn lanes throughout,
  • Accommodations for sidewalk and shared-use path to support pedestrian and cyclists
  • Inclusion of water quality features, such as, bioswales and/or native plantings and ditch modifications, which, provide filtration for improved water quality.

Pleasant Valley Road Realignment

The general scope of work in this area would consist of realigning Pleasant Valley Road to create a four-leg intersection at the existing three-leg intersection of IL 47 at IL 176 South Junction.  After the improvement, the existing Pleasant Valley Road will no longer have access to IL 47 at the current location and will be closed off with a cul-de-sac. All parcels along the existing Pleasant Valley Road that are impacted by the realignment will have access to the new Pleasant Valley Road alignment.

Phase I

  • Completed

Phase II (we are here)

  • Detailed Design & Contract Plans and
  • ROW Acquisition (18-24 months)

Phase III

  • Construction Begins

Improvements to the intersection of IL 47/IL 176 (north and south junction) and at Pleasant Valley Road are included in the Department’s FY 2020-2025 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.  Total cost of this improvement including engineering for contract plans and land acquisition is $44.5 Million.  Current engineering efforts are targeted to enable a contract letting in the middle years of the multi-year program contingent upon plan readiness, land acquisition, and funding availability through future annual legislative appropriations. Funding for the replacement of the existing bridge carrying IL 47 over the Kishwaukee River (south of Ballard Road) is also included in the Department’s FY 2020-2025 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.  Total cost of this improvement is $8 Million.  The current engineering efforts are targeted to enable a contract letting for the bridge replacement in the early years of the current mulit-year program timeframe contingent upon plan readiness, land acquisition, and funding availability through the Department future annual legislative appropriations.  The remaining sections between Route 14 (US 14) to Reed Road will continue to be included in the Department’s priorities for inclusion in a future Multi-Year Highway Improvement Program among similar infrastructure needs through the region.

An Environmental Assessment was completed for the project in October of 2014 and a Finding Of No Significant Impacts was received from Federal Highway Authority in August of 2016.

Contact Person:Corey J. Smith
Project Manager
847-705-4103   
Corey.Smith@illinois.gov

IDOT is currently at the early stages of Phase II for this project. As we make changes, this website will be updated accordingly.

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