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On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) held the second Stakeholder Involvement Group (SIG) meeting, with 19 out of 23 SIG members attending. The project team provided an update on project progress since the last SIG meeting, reviewed the federal project development process (NEPA) this project is in, discussed the status of the Purpose and Need statement, reviewed the technical work completed to date and had discussion about the range of alternatives and alternative evaluation process and criteria. SIG members asked questions and provided input on the range of alternatives, design elements, and alternative evaluation criteria. All SIG #2 meeting materials, are available in the Information Center.
The project team will begin developing a full range of alternatives to be considered for the Deerfield Road corridor and intersections. Through the discussions at the second SIG meeting, the project team received valuable input to aide them developing a full range of alternatives. A specific process is followed to evaluate each alternative for transportation performance, mobility, non-motorized accommodations, safety, environmental resources, socio-economic resources, and cost. The full range of alternatives and the alternative evaluation will be presented to the SIG at the next meeting which is anticipated in Fall 2017.
The project team is nearing completion of the first stage of the project, the development of the Purpose and Need statement, which establishes a basis for developing a full range of alternatives (Stage Two). The Stakeholder Involvement Group has had the opportunity to review and comment on the preliminary Purpose and Need statement and the Purpose and Need statement is in the last stages of the approval process through the Federal Highway Administration. Once the Purpose and Need statement has been approved, it will be posted to the project website. One of the first steps in Stage Two of the project is to gather input and ideas on a full range of alternatives, which is the focus of the second Stakeholder Involvement Group (SIG) meeting. The overall objective of Stage Two is to determine all possible alternatives and subsequently proceed through a process of analysis, evaluation, alternative comparison, and elimination. The second SIG meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The SIG presentation materials will be posted to the project website immediately following the meeting and any comments can be submitted through the project website.
On Thursday, March 2, 2017 the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) held the first Stakeholder Involvement Group (SIG) meeting. The project team provided a project overview, discussed the overall project development process and public involvement process, summarized the Public Information Meeting #1, and reviewed data collection and technical analysis completed thus far for inclusion in the preliminary Purpose and Need statement. SIG members provided input for consideration on additional issues and concern, identifying project goals and relative importance, and assisted with drafting a project problem statement. Input received from the SIG will be used by LCDOT and the project team to help develop the preliminary Purpose and Need, which is the first component of the Environmental Assessment. All SIG #1 meeting materials, including a summary of the meeting, are available in the Information Center.
The next SIG meeting is anticipated in Summer 2017, which will focus on an initial range of alternatives and a discussion of the alternative evaluation criteria.