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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2012

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Josh Kauffman (IDOT) 217.558.0517
Guy Tridgell (IDOT) 312.814.4693

IDOT Schedules Public Hearing for Improvement of US 51, IL 29

Open House Fulfills Requirement for Protected Corridors

TAYLORVILLE- The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold an open house public hearing for the following two projects on protected corridors: proposed upgrade of IL 29, from a two-lane to a four-lane facility, spanning from 0.8 miles south of Berry to 1.2 miles south of Edinburg; and for the proposed upgrade of US 51, from a two-lane to four-lane expressway, ranging from 1.4 miles south of Assumption to just south of Shelby County Line. The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at Calvary Baptist Church located at 930 Haner Avenue in Taylorville.

The notice fulfills the requirement regarding corridor protection for the two projects under 605 ILCS 5/4-510, which includes holding an additional public hearing on protected corridors when 10 years have passed since the original corridor was recorded. The hearing will allow the public an opportunity to provide comments on the approved corridors. The US 51 corridor was recorded on Sept. 27, 1993 and amended on Feb. 22 and April 7 of 2006. The IL 29 corridor was recorded on May 8, 2001 and amended on July 24, 2003.

This hearing will be conducted on an informal basis therefore no formal presentation is planned. Representatives of the Illinois Department of Transportation will be available to answer individual questions and receive comments. Comment sheets will also be provided for those in attendance who wish to provide a written statement. Comments received at this meeting or sent to IDOT District 6 by Feb. 7, 2012 will be included in the official project record. The same material will be available for review and inspection at District 6, 126 E. Ash St. in Springfield.

This hearing will be accessible to persons with a disability in compliance with current accessibility standards prepared by the Capital Development Board. Persons with a disability planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact the person listed in this notice by Jan. 23, 2012. The contact may be by telephone, in writing, by fax or by telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY).

For more information, please contact IDOT District 6, 126 E. Ash St., Springfield, Ill 62704-4792; telephone (217)782-7301; fax (217)524-7696 or TDD (217)524-4875.
 

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