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92_SB1579 LRB9211139DHmgB 1 AN ACT concerning transportation. 2 Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, 3 represented in the General Assembly: 4 Section 5. The Illinois Highway Code is amended by 5 adding Section 4-219 as follows: 6 (605 ILCS 5/4-129 new) 7 Sec. 4-219. Design criteria. 8 (a) It is the intent of the General Assembly to 9 encourage the highest quality design to ensure that 10 Department of Transportation projects adequately meet the 11 State's transportation needs, exist in harmony with their 12 surroundings, and add lasting value to the communities they 13 serve. 14 (b) On or before December 31, 2003, the Department of 15 Transportation shall establish design criteria for use in 16 developing transportation projects that involve the 17 construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or resurfacing 18 of a highway, other than a maintenance resurfacing project. 19 The Department shall amend its existing design manuals and 20 memoranda to incorporate the new design criteria. The new 21 design criteria shall take into account the following 22 factors: 23 (1) safety, durability, and economy of maintenance; 24 (2) the constructed and natural environment of the 25 area; 26 (3) the environmental, scenic, aesthetic, historic, 27 community, and preservation impacts of the project; and 28 (4) access for other modes of transportation, 29 including those that promote physically active 30 communities. 31 (c) In establishing the design criteria required under -2- LRB9211139DHmgB 1 subsection (b) of this Section, the Secretary of 2 Transportation shall solicit and consider the views of chief 3 elected officials and organizations including, but not 4 limited to: those with expertise in environmental protection, 5 historic preservation, scenic conservation, and bicycle and 6 pedestrian transportation, as well as directly affected 7 citizens' groups, regional councils of governments, rural 8 development councils, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, 9 the Illinois Arts Council, the Federal Highway 10 Administration, and any other entities deemed appropriate by 11 the Secretary. 12 (d) On or before December 31, 2003, the Secretary of 13 Transportation shall submit to the Governor and the General 14 Assembly a report stating the new design criteria, the names 15 of the officials and organizations contacted, and any other 16 information deemed pertinent by the Secretary.
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