US Rt. 41 (Skokie Highway) at IL Rt. 176 (Rockland Road) is located in east central Lake County partially within Lake Bluff and partially within unincorporated Shields Township. In this area US Rt. 41 is a vital north-south link from Chicago's northern suburbs to the Wisconsin border.

Approximate Traffic
Volumes
US Rt. 41 46,000 vehicles/day
IL Rt. 176 15,000 vehicles/day

These traffic volumes are anticipated to increase in the future to a modest degree due to general regional growth and development.

Since the US Rt. 41 and IL Rt. 176 interchange experiences considerable daily traffic congestion and notable safety concerns, the Village, in coordination with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT), and Shields Township, has initiated Phase I Engineering and Environmental Studies (Phase I Study) to evaluate alternatives to improve the safety and operations of the interchange in compliance with federal project development procedures.  Additional information concerning the Phase I Study is available below or by contacting Village Engineer George Russell at 847-283-6884.

Public Involvement Plan

The Public Involvement Plan (PIP) is a guide for implementing stakeholder involvement for the Phase 1 Study.  The PIP will be used as a blueprint for defining methods and tools to educate and engage all stakeholders in the decision-making process.  It has been designed to ensure that stakeholders are provided a number of opportunities to be informed and engaged as the project progresses.

Public Meetings

Meeting #4 - Informational Public Meeting

On September 20, 2012, members of the Project Advisory Group (PAG) and the Project Management Team met to continue to review work on the Phase I Planning Study. Specifically, the purpose of this meeting was to present the two Finalist Alternatives (Alternatives 7 & 8) and two relocated frontage road options to the public for comment.  The following is an overview of Alternatives 7 and 8:

Alternative 7 - acceleration and deceleration lanes to and from US Rt. 41; elevation adjustments to US Rt. 41 to increase sight distances; improved intersections to properly accommodate all vehicles and eliminate confusing operations; widening of Skokie Valley Rd. and Shagbark Rd.; additional through lanes and turn lanes along IL Rt. 176 to handle future traffic demands; and modernized traffic signals.

Alternative 8 - same improvements as Alternative 7 except with modern-day roundabouts along IL Rt. 176 at Skokie Valley Rd. and Shagbark Rd. instead of conventional traffic signals.

It was determined both Alternatives 7 and 8 are good improvements that would handle the design year (2040) traffic while minimizing socioeconomic and environmental impacts at a reasonable construction cost.

Two options were also presented for the relocated access road to replace the existing frontage road on the east side of US Route 41 north of W. Washington Avenue that is being displaced with the improvements to US Route 41.

Access Option 1 - extend Skokie Valley Rd. to the north between two buildings before curving to the east along private property adjacent to the railroad right-of-way further north.  This option minimizes building impacts but bisects several parcels.

Access Option 2 - extend W. Washington Ave. to the east and then turning to the north along private property adjacent to the railroad right-of-way.  This option leaves the remainder of the parcels contiguous but requires the removal of three buildings.

Next, the Project Management Team will evaluate public comments and results and a Preferred Alternative will be selected. Once an alternative is chosen final engineering and environmental reports will be prepared and concurrence sought for the chosen Alternative.

A summary report of this meeting, including pictures and diagrams of the Alternatives and Access Options, is available by clicking by clicking on the following link:

Part I Summary Report - September 20, 2012

Part II Summary Report - September 20, 2012

Part III Summary Report - September 20, 2012

 

Meeting #3 - Public Advisory Group Meeting

On June 26th, 2012, 13 members of the Project Advisory Group (PAG) and the Project Management Team met to continue work on the Phase I Planning Study for the US Rt. 41 at IL Rt. 176 Interchange. The Village's Consultant, Christopher Burke Engineering, presented the following information to the PAG: provided a brief overview of the technical reasons why several of the alternatives that had moved forward from the previous PAG meeting were no longer under consideration; and reviewed the results of detailed traffic modeling, traffic signal studies and the summary of socio-economic impacts of the remaining six interchange alternatives still under consideration. Following the Consultant's presentation the PAG broke into three separate workshop groups to discuss reducing the number of remaining interchange alternatives;' all three groups eliminated the same three alternatives. The remaining interchange alternatives include: Alternative 6, Alternative 7 and Alternative 8. 

 

Meeting #2 - Public Advisory Group Meeting

On March 1, 2011, the Public Advisory Group (PAG) for Phase I of the US Route 41/IL Route 176 Interchange Project held its first meeting and 17 of the 21 individuals whom expressed interest in serving on the PAG attended the meeting. Christopher Burke Engineering, the Village's consultant for the project, presented information concerning the overall history and purpose of the project.  The consultants reviewed the Federal Project Development Process that must be followed for the project and the Public Involvement Plan. During the last half of the meeting, the consultant facilitated a workshop session in which the PAG members developed the Project Problem Statement: "The transportation problems at the US Rt. 41 at IL Rt. 176 interchange to be solved by this project are: poor interchange configuration; unsafe conditions for cars, pedestrians, and bikes; general interchange capacity including IL Rt. 176; and poor area drainage." 

 

Meeting #1 - Informational Open House

On November 16, 2010, the Village and IDOT hosted an informational open house concerning the planning for the potential improvement of the U.S. Rt. 41 at IL Rt. 176 interchange. The purpose of the meeting was to seek public input on the transportation needs and issues at the interchange and solicit applications from parties interested serving on a Project Advisory Group (PAG) to assist the Project Management Team (Village, IDOT, Shields Township and Lake County) in the development process. Public notices were placed in the October 26 and November 9, 2010 editions of the Lake County News-Sun, and the October 28 and November 11, 2010 editions of the Lake Forester newspapers. Approximately 160 letters of invitation were sent to public officials and agencies, representatives of local communities, utilities, other governmental agencies and property owners within the project study area. A total of 56 people registered at the meeting.

Public Information Meeting Brochure

Project Exhibits: