The Department has determined that it may be necessary to acquire certain properties to implement the project. Based on project planning and engineering work conducted, several properties are within the construction footprint of the proposed Des Plaines River bridge replacement. These properties would potentially be needed for construction.
The Department is conducting additional outreach with the affected community to understand how construction of the project and potential displacement would impact surrounding community. Currently, the Department does not plan to pursue acquisition of private property for this project until the environmental review is complete. This timeline is dependent upon completion of additional community outreach efforts.
Property owners and tenants who would be affected by acquisition and relocation will be protected under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended (known simply as the “Uniform Act”), along with state regulations. The Department will treat property owners and tenants fairly and will seek cooperative settlements of property acquisitions.
Map Update In Progress
Property Acquisition Frequently Asked Questions
Will any residential or commercial businesses be displaced?
The preferred alternative with the north alignment shift at the Des Plaines River crossing potentially requires the acquisition from 63 properties between Center Street and Chicago Street. Of these, 41 are full acquisition of occupied residential properties and 16 are full acquisition of vacant land. Six properties will be partial acquisitions. In addition, two easements will be required from the railroad. One commercial building will need to be relocated. Ongoing outreach efforts, along with additional engineering analysis, will help to more fully identify property impacts as well as acquisition and relocation needs for the project.
When will the Department buy my property?
The Department follows the federal rules and regulations of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4601-4655 (referred to as the “Uniform Act”) regarding land acquisition and relocation. Any home to be acquired will undergo an appraisal and an offer will be presented to the property owner based on fair market value. The Department will work with you to assist in finding a comparable dwelling. The typical duration of the acquisition and relocation process is between six and 12 months and will be initiated following completion of these additional outreach efforts and the environmental review process. Please refer to the Land Acquisition and Relocation brochure located on the website (i-80will.com).
May I voluntarily sell my property to the Department?
The Department’s policy regarding land acquisition is based on federal and State laws which require that the Department acquire the minimum amount of property necessary to construct and maintain the improvement. The list of identified properties to date has been published and potentially impacted property owners have been notified. Ongoing outreach efforts, along with additional engineering analysis, will help to more fully identify property impacts as well as acquisition and relocation needs for the project.
What are my rights as a property owner?
Once the Department makes a final determination that it is necessary to purchase private property, the guidelines of the Uniform Act along with State regulations will be followed. The Department will treat property owners fairly and seek cooperative settlements for property acquisitions.You may read about your rights under applicable federal laws here:
What if I am a renter and do not own the property? Am I entitled to benefits?
Non-owners who rent housing that must be acquired because of the I-80 project are also protected under the Uniform Act, as amended. Tenants occupying a home at the time of acquisition may be eligible for relocation services to assist in finding replacement housing.
CLICK HERE to view the Department’s property acquisition and relocation assistance fact sheet.
For more FAQ’s please click HERE.