Welcome to the East Side Highway Environmental Assessment (EA) Study
The project team has continued to refine the remaining alternatives based upon engineering criteria, discussions with the Community Working Group (CWG) and Focus Working Groups (FWG), and traffic analysis. The refinement of alternatives is an on-going process and will continue throughout the early part of 2013 as more detailed engineering work is completed. To view the refined alignments as of December 2013, click here.
The remaining alternatives are currently being studied in the Environmental Assessment (EA) Analysis. The EA Analysis includes detailed measurements of the impacts resulting from each alternative. The preliminary results of the EA Analysis will be presented at Public Information Meeting (PIM) #5, which will tentatively be held in late first quarter/early second quarter of 2013. The project team will send out notifications with the date, time, and location of PIM #5. Announcements will be placed in the local newspapers and on this website. March 2013 Update: The next Public Information Meeting will be held in summer of 2013. Check back to the website for details, including date and time.
The East Side Highway (ESH) Environmental Assessment (EA) is a transportation planning study administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and McLean County. The purpose of the study is to evaluate a transportation improvement east of Bloomington-Normal between I-74 and I-55. The improvement will meet the local transportation needs of the continued growth on the east side of the Bloomington-Normal metropolitan area, and will also serve regional travel.