Chicago Construction News staff writer
The Illinois Department of Transportation is introducing Move Illinois: the 2024 Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP will strategically outline goals, objectives and strategies for Illinois’ diverse transportation network for the next 20 to 30 years.
The long-range transportation plan is a comprehensive and strategic roadmap that outlines transportation goals, objectives, and planned investments over an extended time frame, usually spanning 20 to 30 years.
It is designed to address the various needs of Illinois’ extensive transportation network, which encompasses highways and bridges, airports, public transit, rail freight, rail passenger systems, and more. The LRTP serves as a guiding document for policymakers, transportation agencies, and stakeholders to aid in decision-making, funding allocation, and project prioritization.
As part of the initiative, IDOT has launched a project website at www.moveillinois2024.com, which includes an online event and survey for the public to learn more and help identify the plan’s goals and objectives. This website also lists the statewide events our team is attending in person.
The LRTP will take place through late 2024, with the final plan complete by the end of the year. Community input is critical for developing a well-rounded plan. Everyone is encouraged to join us in reshaping the way we Move Illinois.
In the second phase:
- LRTP team will develop a list of strategies that provide solutions for the improvement areas identified through study data and public feedback.
- Illinois stakeholders will be asked to provide their feedback and priorities on the identified strategies.
- IDOT will review feedback to prioritize the strategies.
In the third and final phase, IDOT will release a draft of the LRTP plan recommendations for public review and comments before the final LRTP is published in late 2024.