Public Hearing

The Illinois Department of Transportation (Department) held an open house public hearing concerning the improvement of Illinois Route 47 (IL 47) from Reed Road to U.S. Route 14 in McHenry County on March 12, 2015.  The public hearing was held at the Huntley Park District. A summary of the public hearing can be found here.

The scope of work for this improvement will consist of reconstruction and widening of IL 47 to provide two lanes in each direction separated by a median, bridge replacement, intersection improvements, drainage improvements, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements.  The purpose of the hearing was:

  • To present the Environmental Assessment (EA)

  • To present the Preferred Alternative

  • To obtain public input

The EA describes the purpose and need of the proposed project, alternatives considered, the recommended preferred alternative, anticipated environmental impacts, project benefits, and potential mitigation measures.

Exhibits were on display and an audio-visual presentation was shown continuously prior to the start of the public comment forum.  The forum provided an opportunity for participants to provide comments publicly and for the project record.  Project team members were present to discuss the project and answer questions.  

Written comments were accepted at the meeting, could be mailed after the meeting, or submitted through the project website through the “Contact Us” form. Comments received by Wednesday March 26, 2015 are included as part of the official public meeting record.  All correspondence regarding this project should be sent to:

Illinois Department of Transportation
201 W. Center Court
Schaumburg, IL 60196-1096
Attn: Bureau of Programming
John Baldauf, P.E.

Public Hearing Summary

Public Hearing Material
Exhibit Boards
FHWA Primer – Safe Access is Good for Business
Comment Form
Roll Plot #1
Roll Plot #2
Roll Plot #3
Roll Plot #4
Roll Plot #5
Roll Plot #6
Pleasant Valley Road Re-Alignment Study Exhibit – By Others



The Environmental Assessment can be accessed via the links below. Hard copies of the EA are available for review at the following locations:

  • Huntley Area Public Library
    11000 Ruth Road
    Huntley, IL 60142
  • Woodstock Public Library
    414 W Judd St
    Woodstock, IL 60098
  • IDOT District One Office
    201 W. Center Court
    Schaumburg, IL 60196
Illinois Route 47
(Reed Rd to U.S. Route 14) Environmental Assessment
Cover Page and Signature Page
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Purpose and Need
Chapter 3: Alternatives
Chapter 4: Environmental Resources, Impacts, and Mitigation
Chapter 5: Environmental Commitments and Mitigation
Chapter 6: Coordination and Public Involvement
Exhibit 1-1: Location Map
Exhibit 1-2: Detailed Location Map
Exhibit 4-1: Environmental Inventory Map (Sheets 1 to 9)
Exhibit 4-1: Environmental Inventory Map (Sheets 10 to17)
Exhibit 4-2: Public Facilities
Exhibit 4-3: Existing Land Use in Project Corridor
Exhibit 4-4: Proposed Land Use in Project Corridor
Exhibit 4-5: Common Noise Environments
Appendix A: Agency Coordination
Appendix B: Farmland Conversion Impact Rating
Appendix C: Air Quality COSIM Pre-Screen Modeling Results
Appendix D: NEPA/404 Merger Process and FHWA Meeting Minutes
Appendix E: Public Involvement


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