- Interchange Improvement Study
Burns & McDonnell was contracted by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to perform Phase I preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the U.S. Route 20 and Illinois Route 59 interchange improvement study in the Village of Bartlett. The study was initiated to improve safety and congestion at the interchange.
It began with initiation of IDOT's Context Sensitive Solutions public involvement process, where project stakeholders were identified and a stakeholder involvement plan was developed. At the first public meeting, the project was introduced to the public and stakeholders were given the opportunity to express their concerns through a community context survey form. Twenty-two stakeholders volunteered to serve on the community advisory group (CAG) and represent stakeholder interests throughout the process.
At the first CAG meeting, members participated in workshops designed to develop a list of project issues and concerns, as well as the project problem statement. The problem statement, combined with technical analysis of the existing interchange, was the basis for the project purpose and need statement. In subsequent meetings, the CAG members participated in workshops designed to develop a list of evaluation criteria, as well as an initial range of alternatives for the interchange.