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Best Practice

BEST PRACTICE:

E4−3: Using Video to Enhance Public Involvement

DESCRIPTION:

The Illinois Department of Transportation, District 4, has used videos on several projects to give interested stakeholders insight into project specifics. Video is used to illustrate various project alternatives and their impacts to the public. The videos are used at public meetings and presentations to increase public understanding and help get buy in. One example is the video created for the rehabilitation of the Havana Bridge over the Illinois River. The video was used to demonstrate alternatives to the public and alleviate public resistance to a bridge closure. The bridge was closed for the rehabilitation and a ferryboat system and a park and ride facility were used.

REASON(S) FOR ADOPTING:

The people of Havana stated early in the preliminary engineering stage that closure of the bridge was unacceptable due to the perceived impacts to the area. It was determined that the rehabilitation work would require closure of the bridge at least during the floor beam replacement. Three alternatives were developed, each requiring a different degree of closure. To convey this information to the public, a video was developed that described the different alternatives and their impacts.

PRIMARY BENEFIT(S):

Benefits of the use of video include educating the public on alternative methods of construction. Public sentiment in Havana went from, "You can't do that!" to "Close the bridge and get it fixed as quickly as possible!" Much of this change in sentiment is attributed to the video.

MOST APPLICABLE LOCATION(S)/PROJECT(S):

Video is an efficient medium for conveying information on complicated projects, particularly during enhanced public involvement on complex urban projects and other projects that involve major impacts to the traveling public.

STATE(S) WHERE USED:

Illinois

SOURCE/CONTACT(S):

Randall Laninga, Illinois DOT District 4
Phone: (309) 671−4477
E−mail: Randall.Laninga@illinois.gov

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