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 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.
75th Street CIP Environmental Study Timeline:
75th Street CIP Final Design and Construction Timeline:
Phase II (final) design is anticipated to take two to three years to complete once funding is secured. With a
continuous, adequate stream of funding for the project, Phase III (construction) could be completed in five years.