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IDOT seeks public input into improvements at I-57, Route 17 interchange in Kankakee

KANKAKEE – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is inviting the public to learn more and voice input into a proposed changes to the Court Street interchange in Kankakee.

A public participation forum will run on IDOT’s website from October 1st through the 31st to discuss the project. The project is expected to include reconstructing the interchange with drainage, intersection and safety improvements.

IDOT says alignment changes are also proposed along I-57 and will require replacement of the bridges carrying Waldron Road and Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern Railroad over the interstate. Permanent and temporary closure or relocation of some local streets and entrances will be necessary. Acquisition of additional right of way and easements also will be required. Noise barriers found to be reasonable and feasible for potential highway traffic noise impacts will be shown in the website exhibits.

Beginning Oct. 1, the public can watch a presentation about the project, view exhibits and download a comment sheet to return via email or mail. The project team will respond in writing to all comments received. Completed comment sheets and responses will be posted to the project website for viewing.

This public participation opportunity also will seek comment regarding wetland impacts and proposed mitigation measures.

All comments will be due by Oct. 31 to become part of the public record.

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