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Environmental Studies
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The Steps of the EIS Process Are:

The process formally began with a Notice of Intent.

Next, the project’s Draft Purpose and Need was identified.

Public input on the Purpose and Need was gathered at Public
Meetings in June 2011.

Possible solutions to the Needs identified in the Purpose and
Need were developed as Alternatives.

The public provided input on the proposed Alternatives at a
second Public Meeting.

Each reasonable Alternative was evaluated to determine the best and most practical, reasonable alternative
meeting the Needs identified in the Purpose and Need.

The findings of the technical studies, impacts, mitigation, and public input were documented in the Draft EIS.

A Public Hearing was held to formally present the findings of the Draft EIS and receive public comments.

Based on comments and review of the Draft EIS, a Preferred Alternative for the project was included in the
Final Environmental Impact Statement.

The project was officially approved in the Record of Decision, which provides final environmental clearance. 
The next step is to begin the final design process.

Notice of Intent

On April 28, 2010, the U.S. DOT issued a notice to advise the public that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would be prepared for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project. The project involves construction of new railroad main tracks, two new rail flyover bridges, and a new rail/roadway grade separation structure in the cities of Chicago and Hometown, IL. 

Review the complete Notice of Intent (PDF)

Combined Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision

The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program partners and the Federal Highway Administration completed a combined Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (75th Street CIP).

The Final EIS contains the detailed analysis completed to understand the possible impacts of the project, the comments received by agencies and the public during the formal review period, as well as the responses to those comments. The ROD summarizes the purpose and needs of the project, the alternatives considered, the factors supporting selection of the preferred alternative, the agency coordination and public involvement efforts completed since the initiation of the EIS process in 2010, as well as the environmental commitments and mitigation measures to be carried into Phase II (final design and right-of-way acquisition) and Phase III (construction) of the project.

Signed Cover Page (438.5 KB)
Signed Record of Decision (ROD) (2.4MB)
Table of Contents (111.0 KB)
Chapter 1 – Purpose and Need (1.3 MB)
Chapter 2 – Alternatives (7.7 MB)
Chapter 3 – Environmental Resources Impacts and Mitigation (15.5 MB)
Chapter 4 – Comments and Coordination
(1.6 MB)
Chapter 5 – EIS Distribution List (62.6 KB)
Chapter 6 – List of Preparers (4.3 KB)
Chapter 7 – Index (65.4 KB)
Appendix A – Viaducts (985.2 KB)
Appendix B – Socioeconomic and Environmental Justice (1.6 MB)
Appendix C – C0 - Public Involvement – Agency Coordination (95.6 KB)
Appendix C – C1 – Stakeholder Involvement Plan (2.2 MB)
Appendix C – C2 – Public Meetings Part 1 – June Public Meetings (24.1 MB)
Appendix C – C2 – Public Meetings Part 2 – October Public Meetings Summary (1.1 MB)
Appendix C – C2 – Public Meetings Part 3 – October Public Meetings Presentation (10.3 MB)
Appendix C – C2 – Public Meetings Part 4 –October Public Meetings Exhibits (38.7 MB)
Appendix C – C2 – Public Meetings Part 5 – October Public Meetings Exhibits (27.7 MB)
Appendix C – C2 – Public Meetings Part 6 – October Public Meetings Comments (267.8 KB)
Appendix C – C3 – Other PI Activities and C4 Project Brochures (14.3 MB)
Appendix C – C5 – Fact Sheets and C6 Project Emails and Comments (1.7 MB)
Appendix C – C7 – Notice of Intent and C8 Cooperating and Participating Agencies (2.7 MB)
Appendix C – C9 – NEPA 404 Meeting Minutes and C10 Other Agency Coordination (14.8 MB)
Appendix C – C11 – CAG Meeting Minutes (28.5 MB)
Appendix D - Air Quality (3.2 MB)
Appendix E – Noise (26.9 MB)
Appendix F – Vibration (6.9 MB)
Appendix G - Section 106 Documentation (4.2 MB)
Appendix H - Environmental Resources Documentation (3.1 MB)
Appendix I -   Section 4f Documentation (240.0 KB)
Appendix J – J0 Comments and Coordination – Intro (706.6 KB)
Appendix J – J1 Public Hearing Material, NOA. Notices, Brochures (27.5)
Appendix J – J2 Public Comments (5.9 MB)
Appendix J – J3 Agency Comments (1.8 MB)


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