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Milan Beltway Extension (FAU 5822)
Airport Road to Blackhawk Road/John Deere Expressway

Final Environmental Impact Statement (May, 2003)

The Milan Beltway will provide a connection between the developing area south of the Rock River and the urbanized area north of the river, all in Rock Island County.  The project is carefully integrated with the John Deere Expressway which serves a rapidly growing commercial and personal service corridor north of the river.  The project substantially reduces the need to widen Blackhawk Road through the historically rich Black Hawk State Historic Site.  The proposed interconnection of the Beltway with Airport Road south of the Rock River is a critical element of this project.  The interconnection will relieve traffic volumes on Airport Road which is currently experiencing capacity problems.

Primary environmental impacts of the proposed action are expected to be:  displacement of five residences and eleven businesses, permanent loss of 9.0 hectares (22.3.acres) of wetlands, removal of 6.6 hectares (16.2 acres) of forested areas, and filling of 10.8 hectares (26.7 acres) of the Rock River floodplain.  Approximately 47.1 hectares (116.5 acres) of land will be converted to right of way.  An additional 29.3 hectares (72.3 acres) will be acquired for wetland mitigation.  This proposed action attempts to address public concerns related to ice jam flooding and to reduce traffic through the Black Hawk State Historic Site.

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The document will be available for review on IDOT’s web site until December 19, 2003.



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