The Village of Barrington, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, is conducting a Preliminary Engineering Study for a potential grade separation of U.S. Route 14 (Northwest Highway) at the CN/EJ&E Railway at-grade crossing.
The purpose of this website is to keep you informed about all aspects of the project including ongoing studies and upcoming meetings. It will be updated regularly to facilitate the exchange of project information. This website also provides a place for you to submit comments and questions about the project and to request to be added to the project mailing list.
The Village of Barrington has received a Federal TIGER II Planning Grant to investigate alternatives for implementing a grade separation at the existing at-grade crossing of the U.S. Route 14 at the CN/EJ&E Railway.
This study will follow guidelines prescribed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In addition, a public outreach program based upon the principles of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Context Sensitive Solutions Policy (CSS) will be conducted. CSS is an interdisciplinary approach that seeks solutions by working with stakeholders to develop cost-effective transportation facilities which fit into and reflect project’s surroundings.
Responses to the most frequently asked questions and comments from the Public Hearing have been prepared, and posted here.
The Public Hearing for this project was held on Wednesday, January 29 from 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., at Barrington High School, located at 616 West Main Street. Approximately 125 people attended. The purpose of the meeting was first to provide a project overview and status update, including a review of the previously-established Alternatives Carried Forward. Coordination and design modifications since the previous public meeting were discussed, and the Preferred Alternative was presented. The Environmental Assessment document was available for public review, as was a summary of potential impacts to Section 4(f) property. The purpose of the hearing also included describing the next steps, and collecting stakeholder input. Click here to view exhibits and other materials from the Hearing.
The Environmental Assessment is now posted here for public review.
On December 5, 2013, the Community Advisory Group held their fifth meeting. The purpose was to recap the third Public Meeting, discuss design changes based on public and review agency feedback, discuss coordination that had occurred since the meeting, present the Preferred Alternative and discuss next steps. See here for materials from the fifth CAG meeting.
Responses to the most frequently asked questions and comments from Public Meeting #3 have been prepared. A project update newsletter has also been prepared and mailed to the project mailing list. These materials can be found here.
Public Meeting #3 was held on Thursday, April 25 from 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., at Barrington High School, located at 616 West Main Street. Over 500 people attended. The purpose of the meeting was first to present concept plans and environmental evaluations on the Preliminary Alternatives that were introduced at the previous public meeting. Based on the evaluations, the range of alternatives has been reduced to two. The second purpose of the meeting was to present more detailed concept plans showing the two Alternatives to be Carried Forward, together with further environmental evaluations. The most important purpose was to obtain input from stakeholders. Click here to view exhibits and other materials from the meeting.
The Project Study Group is currently evaluating the range of potential alternatives that was presented at Public Meeting #2 based on the extent of environmental impacts and input received at the Public Meeting. A fourth Community Advisory Group meeting is tentatively anticipated in mid-April, followed by the third Public Meeting, tentatively planned for the end of April. At Public Meeting #3, the Project Study Group will present findings regarding the range of alternatives presented at Public Meeting #2 and more detailed conceptual plans depicting the resulting Alternatives to be Carried Forward. It is anticipated that the Alternatives to be Carried Forward will include one highway overpass alternative and one highway underpass alternative. Once the date of Public Meeting #3 is finalized, it will be posted here, and invitations will be sent to all stakeholders on the project mailing list. To be added to the project mailing list, click here.
November 14, 2012
Public Meeting #2 was held on for November 14, 2012, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., at the Prairie Campus Middle School located at 40 East Dundee Road. The purpose of the meeting was to present the Purpose and Need Statement, introduce a range of potential alternatives and identify feasible alternatives for further study, identify criteria for evaluation of feasible alternatives, and obtain feedback from Stakeholders. Meeting materials, including a summary and response to public comments, are located here.
October 24, 2012
The third Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting was held on Tuesday, October 24, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. at the Village of Barrington Village Hall. The purpose of this meeting was to provide a preview of the materials that will be presented at Public Meeting #2 in November and to solicit any feedback from CAG members. See here for more information about the Community Advisory Group.
The Project Study Group (PSG) is preliminarily evaluating the range of potential grade separation alternatives that were discussed at the second CAG meeting in July. The preliminary evaluations will identify which of the wide range of alternatives might be both feasible and reasonable and will recommend which should be studied further. Conceptual findings be presented at an upcoming third CAG meeting followed by a second Public Information Meeting (dates to be determined).
The second Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting was held on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. at the Village of Barrington Village Hall. The purpose of this meeting was to review the results of the Needs Assessment Survey completed by CAG members since the last meeting, discuss the Purpose and Need statement, and discuss design constraints, the range of improvement alternatives to be investigated, and the evaluation criteria. See here for more information about the Community Advisory Group.
The first Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting was held on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 6:00 P.M. at the Village of Barrington Village Hall. The purpose of this meeting was to introduce the federal-aid implementation process, the NEPA/404 merger process, and the CSS process, as well as review the project background, discuss the results of the first public information meeting, identify the community context and transportation problems, and develop the Problem Statement. See here for more information about the Community Advisory Group and to view materials from the meeting.
May 2, 2012
The Project Study Group held Public Information Meeting #1 (PIM #1), from 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. on May 2, 2012 at Roslyn Road School. The purpose of the meeting was to present an overview of the study process, present a summary of data collected to date, and to solicit issues and concerns from the public. See here for more information.