Increased traffic along Illinois 159 prompted IDOT to consider alternatives to improve this 2.9-mile section of roadway. The goal was to enhance safety and mobility, as well as support the economic vitality of the area. Running directly through the center of Collinsville, this segment of the roadway passes through several neighborhoods, including a historic district, impacting a number of residents, businesses, and other community stakeholders. As such, public education and outreach was critical to a successful outcome.
As IDOT’s consultant responsible for public involvement for this project, Lochmueller Group (Lochgroup) devised a community outreach effort that included the formation of a Community Advisory Group (CAG). The community outreach effort was designed to solicit public input and the input of the CAG on potential solutions to congestion and safety issues, as well as on aesthetic considerations. Due to the urban constraints and numerous stakeholders affected, the public involvement effort conformed to IDOT Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) guidelines. As part of the CSS effort, Lochgroup used advanced 3D modeling to help stakeholders and team members visualize how the expanded roadway will impact the area after construction.
In addition to the formation of the CAG, the effort also featured a community outreach program, over 30 stakeholder meetings, a project website, community-wide public involvement meetings, and newsletters published at project milestones. The project website may be reviewed at http://www.idot.illinois.gov/projects/IL-159-Project. Electronic copies of the newsletters and exhibits used at public involvement meetings may also be found on this site.