Q: What is Context Sensitive Solutions?

Context Sensitive Solutions is an interdisciplinary approach to projects that seeks effective, multi-modal transportation solutions by working with stakeholders to develop, build, and maintains cost effective transportation facilities which fit into the project’s surroundings – its “context”. While this definition may seem complicated, the most important facet to the public should be that IDOT will be trying to work with the community as a whole to develop a solution to the congestion and safety problems currently associated with IL 47 in the study limits. For more information on IDOT Context Sensitive Solutions guidelines, please visit the IDOT website for CSS

Q: What is IDOT’s goal for the project?

A: IDOT’s goal is to make an improvement to IL 47 that improves safety and mobility for the traveling public, while seeking to preserve and enhance the scenic, economic, historic, and natural qualities.

Q: What is IDOT doing to keep the public informed?

A: IDOT is making a significant effort to get the public involved in this project. Efforts include:

  • Development of the IL 47 Study Website

  • The use of Context Sensitive Solutions to involve stakeholders in the decision process. This process helped to determine the type of improvements to be made. Using Context Sensitive Solutions, IDOT will work with the community to solicit public input on the design.

  • The project study team conducted a number of stakeholder group meetings. These meetings have been held with the City of Woodstock, Village of Crystal Lake, Village of Lakewood, Village of Lake in the Hills, Village of Huntley, McHenry County, and a number of organizations and churches within the community. These meetings have generally been conducted with the leadership of these organizations. The intent is to make these organizations aware of the project, ask for their input on the project, address their questions, and ask for their help in distribution of project information.
  • A project newsletter was prepared at project milestones during the project study and mailed to members of the project database. These newsletters informed the public about the schedule and progress of the project, feedback received from the public on the project, and upcoming public involvement events.
  • The project study team will conduct at least three full scale public involvement meetings during this project. The first meeting was conducted in Fall 2008, and was designed to educate participants on the IDOT process and solicit their input on the project. The second public involvement meeting was held after design alternatives were developed. These alternatives were presented to the public for feedback. The final public involvement meeting will be held after a preferred alternative has been selected. This meeting will be designed to present the preferred alternative to the public along with the Environmental Assessment.

Q: What is the project schedule? When will construction begin?

A: IDOT plans, designs, and constructs projects in three phases. Phase I is the preliminary design and environmental study of the project, Phase II is the preparation of the final design and construction bid documents, and Phase III is the actual construction of the project. The project team’s goal is to complete Phase I the Summer of 2014. It is estimated that Phase II will require approximately 24 months and Phase III will require approximately 36 months. A better estimate of the length of time required for Phases II and III can be prepared after Phase I is complete. Land acquisition can begin after the Phase I report has been approved, but it has not been funded. Construction (Phase III) is currently not funded and cannot begin until that funding is in place.

Q: When will IDOT begin acquiring right of way?

A: IDOT cannot begin acquiring right of way until Phase I (preliminary design and environmental study) has been completed and funding is in place. Funding has not yet been appropriated for right of way.

Q: What are the limits of this project?

A: The IL 47 Study Corridor extends approximately 8 miles from north of Reed Road in Huntley to south of US 14 in Woodstock. A location map is included for your reference on the Project Limits page.

Q: Why is this improvement needed?

A: The improvement to IL 47 is necessary to improve the safety and capacity of the route. The traffic volumes on existing IL 47 have exceeded the amount that can safely and efficiently utilize the existing roadway. This study will evaluate improvements to the roadway and major intersections to improve the safety and efficient movement of traffic. These improvements will be balanced with the input of the residents, business owners, and users (stakeholders) of the route.

Q: How will the improvements to the IL 47 Corridor be funded?

A: Funding for transportation related projects in Illinois are provided through various federal, state and local sources.  For information on the current state wide program in Illinois, visit the IDOT Website.

Q: Is this project funded?

A: Phase I (preliminary design and environmental study) and Phase II (final design and construction bid documents) are currently funded. Funds for land acquisition and construction have not yet been appropriated.

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