SEOPCO ACTION ALERT: IDOT’s preferred options all call for widening the Eisenhower (Ike)

Dear Neighbors,

Please read the letter below from the Citizens for Appropriate Transportation.   The Illinois Department of Transportation’s four alternatives for the I-290 involve widening it.  We all have until next Monday, May 20th to communicate our opinions to IDOT.

The SEOPCO board intends to express to IDOT our opposition to their current build alternatives, and we plan to express our concerns to the Village Board during the public comment part of the agenda, also on May 20th.

 

Please take the time to do two things:

1.  Send an email to seopco@gmail.com with a “yes” if you also oppose widening the IKE, or a “no” if you are in favor of widening it. We’d like to know what you think.

2.  Send an email to the two IDOT addresses listed below with a cc: to seopco@gmail.com expressing your opinion to them. REMEMBER – the deadline is May 20.

 

FROM THE CITIZENS FOR APPROPRIATE TRANSPORTATION

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is asking for comments by Monday May 20, 2013. All four Build Alternatives that IDOT wants to carry forward widen the expressway. Below is information that summarizes our concerns. Please forward this e-mail to others because the more people who submit comments, the better. 

The contact information for IDOT is also below.

Our web site is www.CitizensForAppropriateTransportation.org and you can join our Facebook Page by clicking the Facebook logo below.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Thank you!

Rick Kuner
rkuner@comcast.net
708/848-0942

CITIZENS FOR APPROPRIATE TRANSPORTATION (CAT) ACTION ALERT – MAY 10, 2013

We need your help. IDOT has asked for comments on the Purpose and Need Statement and the Round 2 Alternatives by Monday May 20, 2013. Please submit written comments to Pete Harmet (Pete.Harmet@illinois.gov) and Mark Peterson (Mark.Peterson@illinois.gov) at IDOT. Consider the following and add your personal perspective.

1. IDOT’s Purpose and Need Statement says nothing about the major impacts transportation has on livable communities – a serious omission.

2. By focusing on transportation criteria, IDOT under designed their alternatives. To do a fair and comprehensive evaluation, they should include all the environmental, economic, social, and financial impacts.

3. All four Build Alternatives IDOT wants to carry into Round 3 widen the expressway. At least one alternative should not widen the expressway. IDOT considered two versions of a multi-modal alternative suggested by Oak Park and CAT that upgrade and manage transit better, increase accessibility, and do not widen the expressway. Neither version scored in the top four because IDOT excluded important criteria.

4. IDOT’s proposed right-hand ramps at Austin and Harlem will negatively affect residential neighborhoods close to the expressway. Right-hand ramps move the source of air and noise pollution closer to homes.

5. The Village of Oak Park, Citizens for Appropriate Transportation, and 80+ others submitted written comments to IDOT in June 2012. IDOT did not respond until ten months later in late April 2013. Does a ten month response time make you feel IDOT valued your comments?

6. There are many ways to manage lanes. IDOT has not analyzed most of them.

7. IDOT committed to a Context Sensitive Solutions process, but has never had an architect or urban designer present either concepts or designs.

8. Using projections to the Year 2040, IDOT ranked the twelve Build Alternatives on each criterion from 12 (best) to 1 (worst). Differences among alternatives vary widely. IDOT used this Ranking System to calculate averages, a procedure that treats every difference equal to one. Many differences are so small that projections thirty years into the future are unlikely to be helpful in selecting the best solution.

 

IDOT should revise their alternatives based on lessons learned in Round 2 so they will perform better in future rounds. For more information see the CAT web site: www:CitizensForAppropriateTransportation.org. You can find IDOT’s documents at www.EisenhowerExpressway.com > Information Center > Reports. Thank you!

CAT 2013\CAT Action Alert May 2013.docx

 

IDOT’S CONTACT INFORMATION

U.S. Mail
Illinois Dept. of Transportation
c/o Mr. Peter Harmet and Mr. Mark Peterson
201 West Center Court
Schaumburg, IL 60196

Pete.Harmet@illinois.gov
mark.peterson@illinois.gov
FAX: 847/705-4159
www.eisenhowerexpressway.com


SEOPCO – South East Oak Park Community Organization
P.O. Box 1722
Oak Park, IL 60304-1722
www.seopco.org
seopco@gmail.com

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