What is a PEL?

The study will use the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) approach, a type of transportation planning study developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help streamline the project development and NEPA process.

What is NEPA?

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a federal law that requires transportation agencies to consider potential social and natural environmental impacts. 

It is anticipated that the Will County Division of Transportation, with the assistance of the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Bureau of Local Roads, and FHWA, will proceed with a formal NEPA study for the Eastern Will County Freight Mobility Corridor Study following or nearing completion of the PEL. Once the NEPA review is completed and approved, the project will be able to proceed to final design.