Oct. 7, 2013 – As the Illinois Department of Transportation holds meetings in Chicago and Forest Park to gather public input on plans to reconfigure I-290 through Oak Park, the Village has created an online forum to informally gauge residents’ views.
The webpage is intended to help the Village Board better understand how the community feels about plans to add a lane to the Ike through Oak Park and move the ramps to the outside of the roadway. Preliminary plans are illustrated in the presentations posted on this website.
Officials are reminding residents who post on the Village webpage that they will not be officially registering their views with IDOT, which has a formal process that must be followed to make comments part of the public record.
But as Village officials determine the best strategy for engaging IDOT as more details of their plans emerge, they want to understand the range of citizen opinions on the project that will significantly impact the community for decades to come.
More than 100 residents attended a community meeting hosted by the Village Board on Sept. 30 at Irving School (click here to see a video recording of the meeting). The intent of the online forum is to offer those who were unable to attend an opportunity to share their views with the Village Board.
In the meantime, Village officials still are urging residents to attend one or both of the official IDOT public meetings. A meeting is scheduled for tonight (Oct. 7) at the Marriott Hotel, 625 S. Ashland Ave., in Chicago (just east of the Racine Blue Line station), and tomorrow (Oct. 8) at the Proviso Match and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park (Pace Bus routes 301 and 308 stop nearby).
Both IDOT sessions are scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. A continuous PowerPoint presentation will run, while attendees view study exhibits and speak with IDOT representatives. A question and answer forum will be held at 6 p.m. each day.
Oak Parkers also can officially comment directly to IDOT online, as well as communicate with the Village Board via email and on the Village’s facebook page and twitter feed.