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In the coming year, IDOT will consider all input and technical analysis, including stakeholder comments, before submitting the environmental document to the FHWA for final project determination. Concurrently, IDOT will be working with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning to include the expanded I-55 ETL project in the long-range plan for the region.
At this time, IDOT does not have funding to construct the project. IDOT is evaluating alternative project delivery opportunities such as a public-private partnership, or P3. Under the Public Private Partnership for Transportation Act, IDOT must receive approval from the General Assembly to pursue a project as a P3 and see the project through to completion.