This website has been created to facilitate public input and provide facts about the U.S. Route 34 at EJ&E/CN Railroad Study, process, and schedule. We invite you to explore the website and provide your comments and recommendations regarding the study through our Contact Us section.
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Public involvement is an interactive process that provides information to the public so they may make informed decisions and offer important input into the solutions that address the community's concerns. A public involvement program has been designed to encourage your participation throughout the study.
Project Status Update
The study phase for the project has been completed. Design approval of the Phase I Combined Design Report was provided on June 1, 2012. Plans for the new roadway are complete and will be sent to contractors for bidding in the near future. Utilities companies having facilities in conflict with the new roadway or bridge have designed their relocation plans and anticipate beginning construction of their new facilities in the fall of 2013. IDOT has been acquiring temporary and permanent easements needed for the project. IDOT is targeting the project for a November 2013 letting date. The actual start of construction is contingent on utility relocation, weather conditions and railroad coordination but is anticipated to be spring of 2014.
The Public Hearing was held on December 6th, 2011 at Village Baptist Church located at 515 S. Frontenac Street in Aurora Illinois 60504. IDOT provided a project status update, presenting the preferred alternative, presenting the 4(f) De Minimis Impact document regarding impacts to the Fox Valley Park District and obtained public input. The meeting was conducted in an open house format. Interested persons were able to visit anytime between 4:00 and 8:00 pm. All comments received by December 20th, 2011 become part of the Public Hearing Record.
The Second Public Meeting was held on March 10, 2011 at the Village Baptist Church, located at 515 S. Frontenac Street, Aurora Illinois 60504. The purpose of the meeting was to present the Project Problem Statement, Purpose and Need, and details for the grade separation alternatives that have been under study for this project as well as to solicit public input and ideas. The meeting was conducted in an open house format. Interested persons were able to visit anytime between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. Attendees had the opportunity to view an audio-visual presentation, review exhibits, provide comments and meet with IDOT and study team representatives on a one-on-one basis.
First Public Meeting – A Big Success
The First Public Meeting took place on March 30, 2010. Member of the community, public officials, and the new media were introduced to the project and the process; and were able to share their knowledge of the area and discuss concerns with the Project Team
IDOT to Study Ogden Avenue EJ&E/CN Grade Separation in Aurora
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is initiating the Ogden Avenue EJ&E/CN Grade Separation Phase I Planning and Environmental Study.
Citizen Advisory Group will Influence Decisions
Interaction with potentially affected communities is important for ensuring that IDOT proposals are consistent with community goals and objectives.