Gaining Project Acceptance

by Larry Martin, VP and Dir. of Transportation Environmental Analysis; CH2M Hill, Chicago, IL,
Paula Green, Environmental Coordinator; District IV, Illinois DOT, Chicago, IL,


Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 8, Pg. 51-53


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Involvng every constituency early in the development of public works projects can build acceptance even when parties don't get exactly what they want. Two Illinois transportation projects illustrate the five essential elements of a comprehensive public/agency involvement process. Comprehensive public/agency involvement programs cleared the way for unimpeded approval of two recent transportation projects in Illinois (1) a feasibility study for improvement of Interstate 74 through Peoria, one of the oldest freeways in Illinois, with parts designed in the mid-1950s before design standards were established for interstate highways and (2) a feasibility study of a new highway connection between Peoria and Chicago, known as the Heart of Illinois Project.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure | Public participation | Transportation management | Cooperation

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