The Community Context Audit form is intended to be a guide to identify various community characteristics that make each transportation project location unique to its residents, its businesses and the public in general.  This information will help to define the purpose and need of the proposed transportation improvements based upon community goals and local plans for future development.  The audit is designed to take into account the community’s history or heritage, present conditions and anticipated conditions.  As you complete this audit, please consider the interaction of persons and groups within your community when considering factors such as mobility and access (vehicular, non-vehicular and transit modes), safety, local and regional economics, aesthetics and overall quality of life.

* 1. Please select the characteristic(s) that best describe members of your household. (Select all that apply)
You reside in:

* 2. You work in:

* 3. How frequently do you travel through this segment of I-55 and/or through the local roadway network within the study area?

* 4. Why do you travel through this segment of I-55 and/or through the local roadway network within the study area?

* 5. Please rate the traffic congestion and delays you experience through this segment of I-55 and/or through the local roadway network within the study area? Please provide comment on locations with significant delays.

* 6. Do you ever take an alternative route to avoid frequently congested routes? If so, please list the roads you use and avoid.

* 7. Do you have safety concerns along I-55 or local network roadways within the study area? Please explain: 

* 8. Do you feel that improved or expanded interstate access to and from the local roadways would benefit you (new interchanges, added ramps, etc?)

* 9. Do you feel that roadway connectivity improvements would benefit you?

* 10. Community Resources & Characteristics

Are there any social, cultural, historic or architectural community features within the study area that convey information about the communities within the project area?

* 11. Natural Resources

Are there important natural areas within the project area? Please list (examples include forest preserve and park district lands, local parks, trails, natural areas) and say why they are important to you.

* 12. Are there any locations where access to a recreational facility or space is important within the study area?

* 13. Are there any environmentally sensitive areas (e.g. wetlands, lakes, forest preserves, etc.) in the study area?  

* 14. Are there any areas especially subject to flooding within the study area? 

* 15. Infrastructure Assessment

As you assess the study area, please rate the adequacy of the following infrastructure features. If they are present and in poor condition, check the “Yes” box and provide any relevant comments in the space provided for each item. If they do not exist but are needed, check the “No” box and indicate in the space provided if the item should be considered as part of the project.

Sidewalks and accommodations for Americans with Disability (ADA) in non-Interstate routes in study?

* 16. Recreational & Pedestrian Use – Sidewalks, Cross-walks, traffic signal buttons, bike lanes or separate multi-use paths, trails (Non-Interstate routes in study)

* 17. Roadway Lighting (Interstate and local routes in study)

* 18. Are roadways effective for commuting patterns?

* 19. Are traffic signals effective for traffic operations?

* 20. Economic Development

Assess the study area for the following community development indicators.

Has this area been identified for new residential or commercial/industrial development? If yes, please describe the proposed or planned development.  If yes, how does the development impact proposed roadways or intersections in the study area?

* 21. Would interstate or local roadway improvements lead to more economic development?

* 22. Do stakeholders include business or other advocacy groups (in addition to public agencies and residential associations)?

* 23. Closing

Thank you for participating in this survey. Your input is important to the project team in the development and evaluation of potential improvements along I-55 and within the project study area. Comments are welcome at any time, but to be included in the official Public Meeting record, comments must be received by September 30, 2017.

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