The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will act as joint lead agencies for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the I-290 Eisenhower Expressway project in order to satisfy NEPA requirements. As such, FHWA (Division Administrator) and IDOT (Secretary of Transportation) are the ultimate decision-makers for this project.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) District 1 is leading the Eisenhower Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Studies (Phase I). IDOT has responsibility for planning, construction and maintenance of Illinois' extensive transportation network, which encompasses, highways and bridges, airports, public transit, rail freight and rail passenger systems. The mission of IDOT is to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity, and demonstrate respect for the environment. www.dot.state.il.us
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is the lead federal agency for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review process. The vision of the FHWA is to create the best transportation system in the world for the American people through proactive leadership, innovation, and excellence in service. They also provide expertise, resources, and information to continually improve the quality of our nation's highway system and its inter-modal connections. We undertake this mission in cooperation with all of our partners to enhance the country's economic vitality, quality of life, and the environment. The FHWA is a part of the Department of Transportation and is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with field offices across the United States. www.fhwa.dot.gov
A consultant team led by PB Americas, Inc (PB) will conduct the Phase I Planning and Environmental study under a contract with IDOT. PB has been involved in many major transportation planning and engineering studies in Illinois including the Hillside Bottleneck reconstruction, Prairie Parkway Phase I Study, the Illinois Statewide Transportation Plan, and the Illinois High Speed Rail Study. Aero-Metric, Alfred Benesch, American Survey and Engineering, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Huff & Huff, Images, Inc., and Singh are sub-consultants - each with unique expertise that will support PB. The Eisenhower Expressway Phase I Study is being performed in PB’s Chicago office. www.pbworld.com