A typical roadway project in Illinois is developed and implemented using a three-phase process:

Phase I: Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Studies

During this phase, the project team will collect information, identify transportation issues, assess environmental concerns, facilitate public involvement, develop engineering solutions, analyze alternatives, and identify potential effects to study area resources. The project team will study a broad range of alternatives to improve the Cedar Lake Road corridor as well as a “no build” alternative.

Phase II: Contract Plan Preparation and Land Acquisition

Phase II includes Contract Plan Preparation and Land Acquisition for the interchange improvements. Phase II typically takes approximately two years. Typically, Phase II does not start until all funding has been secured for the improvement.

Phase III: Construction

Phase III is construction of the improvement and would take approximately two years.