November 01, 2018

              The City of Kankakee will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 6:30 pm, in the 2nd floor conference room in the Public Safety Center at 385 East Oak Street, Kankakee, IL 60901 in order to provide interested parties an opportunity to express their views on the proposed federal funded Illinois Department of Transportation Safe Route to School (SRTS) project.  Persons with disabilities or non-English speaking persons who wish to attend the public hearing and need assistance should contact Anjanita Dumas, City Clerk at 815.933.0480 no later than Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 12:00 pm.  Every effort will be made to make reasonable accommodations for these persons.


              On or about Friday, November 16th, 2018, The City of Kankakee intends to apply to the Illinois Department of Transportation for the Safe Routes to School Grant Program for Safety Improvements on IL Route 17 in front of King Middle School.  Safe Routes to School (SRTS) was originally established as a stand-alone Federal-Aid program in August 2005 through the passage of SAFETEA-LU, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users.  The Illinois Safe Routes to School Program is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

              SRTS uses a multidisciplinary approach to improve conditions for students who walk or bike to school.  The program has three main goals: 1) to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; 2) to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and 3) to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity (within 2 miles) of both public and private primary and middle schools (grades K-8).


              Written comments should be submitted to (Anjanita Dumas, City Clerk) no later than 12:00 pm on (11/05/18) in order to ensure placement of such comments in the official record of the public hearing proceedings.  A plan to minimize displacement and provide assistance to those displaced has been prepared by City of Kankakee and is also available to the public.  This project will result in no displacement of any persons or businesses.  For additional information concerning the proposed project, please contact (Neil Piggush 815.614.3447) or write to (Neil Piggush, Piggush Engineering, Inc, 586 William Latham Drive, Suite 8, Bourbonnais, IL 60914).