What is Context Sensitive Solutions?
Context Sensitive Solutions is a collaborative approach to develop, build and maintain cost-effective transportation systems which reflect the project’s surroundings or “context”. “Context” as it applies to transportation projects can be defined as “all elements related to the people and place where a project is located.” This includes both visible elements such as environmental or historic resources and invisible elements such as community values, traditions, and expectations. While transportation agencies have experience dealing with the former, the latter “intangibles” can sometimes be more challenging to identify and work with for transportation professionals. Context is identified through early and continuous collaboration with stakeholders. The information gained from partnering with stakeholders is then used by the transportation agency to develop an informed solution to the transportation issue and to plan and design transportation projects that “fit” into their surroundings.
What is a Stakeholder?
A Stakeholder is any person who has a professional or personal vested interest or “stake” in the outcome of the project. It may be a person who is directly or indirectly affected by the project. They may be supportive of or opposed to the project. It is important that all views and feedback are considered during the planning phase to ensure a comprehensive solution is developed.
How can I get involved?
The best and most informative way to get involved in a study is to attend an initial public meeting. During the first public meeting the initial overview and development or design criteria is discussed, along with the different stages of the study process. This is the best time for public input. It allows for all areas of concern to be addressed during the initial phases of the study. This in turn, produces a more comprehensive plan. If you are unable to attend an initial public meeting, there is a Submit a comment form on this website that allows for your concerns to be voiced. Additionally, by using the Submit a Comment form you may supply your address and have your name added to a mailing list that will provide newsletters and additional information throughout the study development. After the initial public meeting, there will a series of public meetings at milestones along the development process. This allows for public involvement throughout the entire study to ensure that all views are considered.
What is the scope of the Study?
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has initiated this study to examine the existing and future transportation needs of, and solutions for, deficiencies, if any, through this corridor. This will be done through an extensive public involvement process as part of the Department’s Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) policy. The US Route 30 study area is located in the Village of Montgomery and the United City of Yorkville in Kane & Kendall Counties. It extends approximately 5 miles from Illinois Route 47 on the west to east of Albright Road near Illinois Route 31 on the east. The corridor consists of a mixture of residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural uses and is bisected by Blackberry Creek.
How can I keep informed on the study’s progress?
The most up to date information available will be posted to this web site. As the study progresses, information will be available more frequently. Additionally, by using the Submit a Comment form you may supply your address and have your name added to a mailing list that will provide newsletters and additional information throughout the study development.
Is the project funded?
The Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Study (Phase I) is funded. At this time the Design (Phase II) and Construction (Phase III) phases of this project are unfunded.