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Final Feasibility Study - Amendment 1

Public Information Notice #5
CREATE Program Final Feasibility Plan and Preliminary Screening
Amendment 1 – Modification
Date:  January 31, 2011

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Association of American Railroads (AAR) have agreed to modifications to the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program in response to changing needs. In particular, a modification to the November 2009 CREATE final feasibility plan is necessary at this point as a result of revisions of several component projects within the CREATE program due to constructability issues with several projects.  Additionally, although the Tower projects were part of the total number of the CREATE program of projects, these projects were not included in the original list of  Component projects and did not have the Preliminary Screening document associated with each Tower project.  This modification will include the 12 Preliminary Screening worksheets in the Final Preliminary Screening section. The reason for inclusion of these projects now is that the CREATE partners would like to have the option to request federal participation. 

Revisions to the CREATE program are governed by United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) procedures.  During implementation of the CREATE program, FHWA recognized that some revisions were small and the overall impact was minor and easily discerned. Consequently, more than one process for documenting these revisions was established.  A major revision would be considered an FP&PS amendment while a minor one would be considered a FP&PS modification.  These terms are also used in the planning process for changes to a Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), and the concept is similar.  A third process is also available to accommodate emergency revisions where time is critical and the revisions may occur due to unforeseeable events.

Follow this link to see the Final Feasibility Plan (January 2011)