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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 29, 2012

CONTACT:
Josh Kauffman (IDOT) 217.558.0517
Mike Claffey (IDOT) 312.814.3957

IDOT Hosts Public Meeting on Study to Widen Wabash Avenue

Local Residents Encouraged to Attend to Provide Input

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host a public information meeting on the proposed five-lane expansion of Wabash Ave., from Koke Mill Road to Moffet St. in Curran. Additional improvements on various City of Springfield streets, including Hollis Drive and Cockrell Ave, have also been proposed. The agency is finalizing an addendum to the original Phase 1 (planning) study and encourages all interested residents to attend. The date, location and time of meeting are shown below:

March 5, 2012
Hope Presbyterian Church
2211 Wabash Ave.
Springfield, IL 62704
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Proposed improvements include widening Wabash Ave. from three to five lanes, resurfacing, intersection channelization, concrete median removal and replacement, drainage improvements, traffic signal installations/modernizations, side street relocations, and essential miscellaneous improvements. Hollis Drive, along with Cockrell Ave. to Ogden Road, will be widened to three lanes. Bicycle accommodations will be provided alongside the project.

The purpose of the public hearing is to provide property owners and the general public with an opportunity to review and comment on the current proposal. Exhibits, maps and aerial photography of the proposals developed in the study will be available for inspection and viewing. Representatives from IDOT and the City of Springfield will be present to discuss individual questions and comments.

This meeting will be accessible to individuals with a disability in compliance with current Accessibility Standards prepared by the Capital Development Board. Individuals with a disability who are planning to attend and in need of special accommodations should contact IDOT’s District Six Office before March 2, 2012. Contact may be by telephone, in writing, by fax or by telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY).

Contact information for IDOT’s District Six Office is as follows: 126 E. Ash St., Springfield, Illinois, 62704-4792; telephone (217)782-7302; fax (217)524-7696, or TDD (217)524-4875.
 

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