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Public Meeting #2

Virtual Public Meeting is continuing until April 4

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Public Meeting #1

was held on April 20, 2023.  

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This project is being developed using elements of IDOT’s Context Sensitive Solutions, or CSS. CSS is a collaborative approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits into its surroundings and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic, and environmental resources while maintaining safety and mobility. Click here to learn more about the IDOT CSS process.


Elements of the CSS approach will provide stakeholders with the tools and information they require to effectively participate in the Study process, including providing an understanding of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) processes, transportation planning guidelines, design guidelines, and the relationship between transportation issues (needs), project objectives (purpose), and project alternatives. In other words, using the CSS process should provide project stakeholders a mechanism to share comments or concerns about transportation objectives and project alternatives, as well as improve the ability of the project team to understand and address concerns raised. This integrated approach to problem solving and decision-making will help build community collaboration and promote involvement through the Study process.


A Stakeholder Involvement Plan (SIP) has been developed to outline the opportunities and timeline for outreach activities. A copy of this Plan is available upon request and includes the following activities:

Public Meetings

The first public meeting was on April 20, 2023, click here to view meeting materials.


The second public meeting is currently being conducted. The in person meeting was held on March 21, 2024. The virtual online component is ongoing until April 4, 2024. Click here to view the meeting materials. Click here to provide your comments.  

Additional public meetings will be held periodically throughout the study. If you would like to receive notices of upcoming public meetings, please click here to request to be added to the project mailing list. 

Project Study Group

The Project Study Group (PSG) is a group of professionals representing specific technical or scientific disciplines that informs the Community Advisory Group (CAG) of the environmental process, transportation planning guidelines, design guidelines, and the relationship between transportation issues (needs) and project alternatives. After CAG and public input, engineering and environmental analysis, the PSG is responsible for preparing the documentation for NEPA review. The PSG for this project is made up of IDOT staff, its engineering consultant on this project, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The consultant team assisting IDOT with this study is led by Hanson Professional Services, Inc. along with subconsultants EFK Moen, Horner & Shifrin, Images, Inc., Modjeski & Masters, Prairie Engineers, and Wang Engineering.

Community Advisory Group

A Community Advisory Group (CAG) has been established for the project. The role of the CAG is to provide input to the PSG on design alternatives, and convey the information shared at the CAG meetings to stakeholders throughout the Study. A CAG is made up of members that represent a larger stakeholder group. The CAG may include community leaders, local businesses, interest groups, area residents, and members of the public. The PSG will guide the CAG by sharing information and fostering discussion on specific Study issues, allowing for more specialized discussions and input, and aiding in a better understanding of the goals and objectives. The CAG will meet periodically throughout the study at key milestones. Input from the CAG is one method the public provides feedback to the PSG during the study, in addition to public meeting comments, e-mails, letters, and one on one stakeholder meetings.

The first Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting for the Joe Page Bridge Study was held on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at 6:00 PM at the Rostello Room in Hardin, Illinois. The purpose of the meeting was to:

  • Provide an understanding of the IDOT process for project development including project phasing and the environmental requirements.

  • Explain Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) and the important role of the CAG.

  • Gather information on the community through an interactive workshop.

  • Present project specific information including an overview of the study, the existing conditions of the bridge, and existing roadway and river traffic.

  • Discuss and reach consensus on the project problem statement.

Twenty-seven individuals from a variety of interests including local agencies, businesses, and residents were invited to participate as CAG members, 16 attended this meeting.


Click here to review a summary of the meeting.


Click here to review the presentation.


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