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Public Hearing February 8, 2017

The public hearing for the Illinois Route 31 Phase I Study was held on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the McHenry County Shah Center at 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL 60050. The study limits extend from Illinois Route 176 in the city of Crystal Lake to Illinois Route 120 in the City of McHenry. The general scope of work for this improvement is anticipated to consist of roadway widening and reconstruction to provide two lanes in each direction separated by a median, bicycle and pedestrian accommodations, and intersection and drainage improvements.

The purpose of the hearing was to obtain public input on the preferred alternative and Environmental Assessment (EA). The hearing was an open house format with a continuous PowerPoint presentation, exhibit boards for review, and large scale aerials of the study area, to which attendees provided comments, suggestions, issues and concerns. Members of the IDOT project team were also available to discuss concerns. In addition, there was a public forum where attendees was invited to make a statement to a court reporter. Detailed information from the public hearing can be found in the Public Meetings/Hearings section of this website.

CAG Meeting #5 November 20, 2014.
The purpose of the CAG meeting was to provide an update on the various meetings / coordination and studies that took place since CAG Meeting #4 in May 2012; present the developed Preferred Alternative for the project; and review the next steps to complete the Phase I Study. Aerial exhibits and environmental resource maps were presented in a workshop session after the presentation.

Detailed information from this CAG meeting can be found in the CAG Meetings section of this website.

Public Meeting #2 held November 15, 2012
The second public meeting for the Illinois Route 31 Phase I Study was held on Thursday, November 15th, 2012 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the McHenry County Shah Center at 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, IL 60050. The study limits extend from Illinois Route 176 in the city of Crystal Lake to Illinois Route 120 in the City of McHenry. The purpose of this public information meeting was to:

  • Present the Project Purpose and Need
  • Review the Alternative Evaluation Process
  • Display the Alternatives to be Carried Forward
  • Solicit Public Input

The meeting was an open house format with a continuous PowerPoint presentation, exhibit boards for review, and large scale aerials of the study area, to which meeting attendees provided comments, suggestions, issues and concerns. Members of the IDOT project team were also available to discuss concerns. Detailed information from this public meeting can be found in the Public Meetings / Hearings section of this website.

Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting #4 held on May 22, 2012
CAG Meeting #4 was held to present a summary of CAG Meetings #1, #2, and #3 where the project Problem Statement and project Purpose and Need were developed; review the developed range of alternatives; present the alternatives evaluation process and findings; introduce alternatives to be carried forward for sections along the entire project; and conduct a workshop to receive feedback on the alternatives to be carried forward, as well as identify locations of potential median breaks, U-turn locations, planned access locations and consolidated driveway entrances.

Detailed information from this CAG meeting can be found in the CAG Meetings section of this website.

Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting #3 held on November 3, 2011
CAG Meeting #3 was held to present the revised Purpose and Need statement and to conduct an alternatives development workshop.  The purpose of the workshop was to gather ideas and input from the CAG, that the Project Study Group (PSG) will use to start developing the range of alternatives for this project.  The revised Purpose statement that was presented to the CAG, is as follows:
“The purpose of the proposed project is to improve safety, address roadway capacity and mobility, correct existing geometric deficiencies and encourage multi-modal transportation along IL Route 31 from the intersection of IL Route 176 to the intersection of IL Route 120, in eastern McHenry County.”

The revised project needs are as follows:

  • Improve Roadway Safety
  • Expand Roadway Capacity and Address Traffic Issues
  • Correct Existing Roadway Design Deficiencies
  • Improve Opportunities for Multimodal Connectivity

Detailed information from this CAG meeting can be found in the CAG Meetings section of this website.


Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting #2 held on September 22, 2011
At this meeting, the Project Study Group (PSG) presented the preliminary Purpose and Need statement, engineer’s toolbox, evaluation criteria and a workshop was held to identify and map key project constraints. 
Detailed information from this CAG meeting can be found in the CAG Meetings section of this website.


Community Advisory Group (CAG) Meeting #1 held on September 1, 2011
CAG Meeting #1 provided an introduction to the project and a project problem statement workshop was held.  At this meeting, key transportation issues and concerns were developed.  These included:

  • Congestion (Existing and Future)
  • Safety
  • Accessibility
  • Existing design deficiencies

From these key issues, the CAG developed the following project problem statement:

      “The transportation problems along Illinois Route 31, from Illinois Route 176 to Illinois Route 120, to be solved by this project are: congestion (existing and future), safety for multi-modal users, accessibility for all users, and existing design deficiencies; in addition, minimize overall environmental impacts (e.g. storm water runoff and water quality).”

Detailed information from this CAG meeting can be found in the CAG Meetings section of this website.


Public Meeting #1 held on June 9, 2011
The first public meeting for the Illinois Route 31 Phase I Study was held on Thursday, June 9th, 2011 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the City of Crystal Lake City Hall at 100 W. Woodstock Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. The study limits extend from Illinois Route 176 in the city of Crystal Lake to Illinois Route 120 in the City of McHenry. The purpose of this public information meeting was to:

  • Introduce the project and Preliminary Engineering and Environmental (Phase I) Study process.
  • Solicit input on issues of concern related to the project corridor and identify community context issues.
  • Kickoff the Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) public involvement process.
  • Present the Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP).
  • Establish a Community Advisory Group (CAG) to provide IDOT with input on the Phase I Study process.
  • Provide general data collected thus far and provide project history.

The meeting was an open house format with a continuous PowerPoint presentation, exhibit boards for review, and large scale aerials of the study area, to which meeting attendees provided comments, suggestions, issues and concerns. Members of the IDOT project team were also available to discuss concerns. Detailed information from this public meeting can be found in the Public Meetings / Hearings section of this website.