Public Involvement + CSS
The success of transportation improvement projects depends in large part on community support. Utilizing a context-sensitive solutions (CSS) approach allows us to recognize and identify stakeholder interests and provide an open forum for communication and the ability to build enthusiasm, ownership and support for the project.
We have developed a structured, yet flexible strategy to assist our clients in addressing community concerns, including a variety of tools for communicating with the public, from facilitation of public meetings, direct mail campaigns and public relation activities to project websites and multi-media events. We recognize most situations will fall short of unanimous support or consensus; however, enough of an agreement is reached such that the project can move forward successfully.
We have conducted public hearings for smaller community projects as well as complex multi-state highway proposals. Describing the project and construction process during a preconstruction public meeting, creating a newsletter and designing websites to provide a forum for residents to ask questions, receive e-mail construction updates and view photos as work progresses have all benefitted residents and the clients who feel a part of the process and appreciate detailed and effective communication.
- Public involvement techniques may include:
- Email campaigns
- Public meetings
- Focus groups
- Media outreach
- Newsletters and factsheets
- Educational programs
Public Involvement Experience
The Elgin O’Hare/West O’Hare Bypass (EO-WB)
The Elgin O’Hare/West O’Hare Bypass (EO-WB) is a $3.6 billion highway that will provide access to Chicago O’Hare airport from the west. The airport’s expansion plans currently include the development of a new western terminal, which would be served by the proposed highway.HR Green has assumed the role of Program Manager for the project’s Tier One and Tier Two Environmental Impact Study (EIS) on behalf of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
Marion Road Widening
Sioux Falls, SD
The Marion Road Improvement project was a roadway widening and reconstruction project in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Marion Road, from approximately Berkshire Boulevard to 39th Street, had deteriorated and was handling more traffic than it was designed to handle.
Granart Road Realignment
Sugar Grove, IL
Due to existing, major operational deficiencies at the US 30 and Dugan Road intersection, IDOT made a commitment to local officials and stakeholders to advance an interim project that would improve safety and operations.
Woodbury Drive Safety and Mobility
Washington County, MN
The Woodbury Drive (CSAH 19) Safety and Mobility project is a successful demonstration of how proactive community and agency involvement can lead to a more livable project with diverse and creative solutions to complex community problems.
2nd Street SE Reconstruction
Cedar Rapids, IA
Following a major flood event there was severe damage to the roadways, the sanitary sewer was filled with flood debris, and numerous depressions and sinkholes began to appear on 2nd Street SE over the sewer; indicating soil migration into the pipeline.
Johnsburg Road Widening and Reconstruction
The project consisted of the construction of the first roundabout in McHenry County in the Downtown area of the Village of Johnsburg along with widening the road from Spring Grove Road to Fairview Avenue.
Route 100 “Great Streets”
St. Louis County, MO
HR Green is currently working to complete bid documents to implement the first section of “Great Streets” improvements project on a 7-mile stretch of Manchester Road (Route 100) within the communities of Ellisville, Wildwood, and Ballwin (Route 109 to Maple Lane).
Woodbury Multi-Lane Roundabout
This three-mile-long “Complete Streets” project involved construction of the first multilane roundabout on a high-speed arterial roadway in the state of Minnesota.
Sioux City Outer Drive Extension
Sioux City, IA
The Outer Drive Extension Project has been called Sioux City’s most complex transportation project to date. HR Green was selected by the City of Sioux City to assist the City in planning, fund procurement, NEPA environmental documentation, design, construction and observation for this $30+ million project.