Forwarded from the Village of Oak Park, June 20, 2012
Special I-290 Expansion News Report
Residents urged to comment on proposed alternatives by June 29
Oak Park residents are urged to make sure their voices are part of the discussions that will determine the future configuration of I-290 and its impact on quality of life in the community. As part of its effort to identify a preferred alternative for major reconstruction of the Eisenhower Expressway, the Illinois Department of Transportation is accepting public comments until June 29 on the latest version of its Alternatives Identification and Evaluation Report. – click here to read the report: IDOT Report or go to: http://eisenhowerexpressway.com/pdfs/i290%20alternatives%20evaluation%20summary%202012%20may%2030%20tracked.pdf
· The list of alternatives is being prioritized by IDOT without necessary evaluation of environmental impacts. Federal law requires that effective mitigation to avoid or reduce adverse environmental impacts be evaluated at the beginning of the process, not the middle or end, as in the current IDOT process.
· Significant questions about the viability of high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes are not included in the analysis. If the assumptions are wrong, or essential variables affecting traveler choice are not addressed, the claimed benefits are not reliable indicators of an alternative’s effectiveness.
· The claim that converting a lane east of Austin Boulevard from general purpose to HOV/HOT will improve traffic flow in the remaining three lanes is highly suspect. Logically, taking a lane out of general use and requiring that traffic to be compressed into three lanes cannot possibly yield congestion-relief benefits.
For more information on the impact of an I-290 expansion, call 708.358.5791or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.