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The I-55 Managed Lane Project followed the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has completed an environmental study for the Managed Lane Project in order to satisfy NEPA requirements.
The NEPA process requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision-making process by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to these actions. IDOT assessed the natural, built, and human environment to determine the extent of impacts that may arise from constructing and operating a project. Environmental factors such as air quality, wildlife, vegetation, water quality, wetlands, geology, neighborhoods, park/recreation areas, utilities, visual quality, and cultural resources were assessed. NEPA encourages early and frequent coordination with the public and resource agencies throughout the project development process. Public comments that were received during the alternative analysis phase were considered in the draft environmental document. Following NEPA guidelines, an environmental study document was approved in 2016 and a second study in 2018.
The Phase I for the evaluation of Express Toll Lanes is complete.
Public involvement efforts for the most recent Phase I included one Corridor Planning Group meeting and one public meeting.