Eisenhower Expressway: Chicago I-290

Project Study Team

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will continue to act as joint lead agencies for supplemental I-290 studies in order to satisfy any ongoing or future potential NEPA requirements.  As such, FHWA (Division Administrator) and IDOT (Secretary of Transportation) are the ultimate decision-makers for this project.

Illinois Department of Transportation

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) District 1 is leading the I-290 study. 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 WSP USA is conducting the supplemental Phase I studies under a contract with IDOT. has been involved in many major transportation planning and engineering studies in Illinois including the Hillside Interchange reconstruction, Prairie Parkway Phase I Study, the Illinois Statewide Transportation Plan, and the Illinois High Speed Rail Study. Aero-Metric, Alfred Benesch, Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Huff & Huff, Images, Inc., and TranSmart are sub-consultants. The I-290 study is being performed in the WSP Chicago office. The multidiscipline team of WSP | and its sub-consultants offer immense experience in roadway and transit design, NEPA / EIS preparation, travel demand modeling, transportation planning, urban planning/landscape architecture and Context Sensitive Solutions.