What is Next
IDOT's original schedule to record the corridor protection map in each county in early 2004 was not met.
- In March 2005, IDOT filed corridor protection in Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties.
- Each affected property owner received a letter advising them that owners of record of the land shall not "incur development costs or place improvements in, upon or under the land involved nor rebuild, alter or add to any existing structure without first giving 60 days notice by registered mail to the Department. This prohibition shall not apply to any normal or emergency repairs to existing structures. The Department shall have 45 days after receipt of that notice to inform the owner of the Department's intention to acquire the land involved; after which, it shall have the additional time of 120 days to acquire such land by purchase or to initiate action to acquire said land through the exercise of the right of eminent domain."
- "When the right of way is acquired by the State no damages shall be allowed for any construction, alteration or addition in violation of this Section unless the Department has failed to acquire the land by purchase or has abandoned an eminent domain proceeding initiated pursuant to the provisions of this paragraph."
- Stop158 asks any land owner who is thinking about improving or selling their property ("...development costs or place improvements in, upon or under the land involved nor rebuild, alter or add to any existing structure..." ) to please let us know - we may be able to be of some assistance. Contact us!
Next comes Location and Environmental Study. This could take up to five years to complete. The study is not funded, although the governor has included $10 million in his Opportunity Returns program budget.
- One estimate is that this study will cost $25 million.
- This Study will evaluate environmental impacts and displacements, assess strengths and deficiencies of the present transportation system, conduct detailed traffic and land use studies, evaluate a variety transportation improvement options including the "no build" option, recommend "solutions for the corridor and determine facility type, coordinate with communities and public to identify access needs and issues, and conduct comprehensive public involvement and outreach.
Then comes Design & Land Acquisition phase,
Followed by the Construction phase.