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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Brooks Brestal
(618) 346-3112
JUNE 20, 2003 FAX: (618) 346-3119
  TDD (618) 346-3396


COLLINSVILLE, IL -- The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold a series of three public informational meetings July 7, 8, and 9, 2003 in Troy, Columbia, and Belleville as part of the corridor protection study for a new transportation facility in the Metro East. The meetings will be held:

  • July 7, 2003 4 - 7 pm Triad High School cafetorium 703 East Highway 40, Troy


  • July 8, 2003 4 - 7 pm Parkview Elementary School cafeteria 1 Parkview Drive, Columbia


  • July 9, 2003 4 - 7 pm Southwestern Illinois College cafeteria 2500 Carlyle Avenue, Belleville
The purpose of these meetings is to formally introduce the study, known as the GatewayConnector, to the public. Roughly 37 miles in length, the study area extends from the I-55/70 - U.S. 40 interchange near Troy in Madison County, south and west through St. Clair County, to I-255 near Columbia in Monroe County.

A feasibility study, conducted from 1999 to 2001, determined the need for a new corridor. The GatewayConnector study, previously known as the Route 158 Outer Belt, is focused on conducting the necessary engineering and environmental evaluations to more precisely identify a corridor for the purposes of corridor protection. The study is an opportunity for IDOT and local officials to enhance a long-range transportation plan that will meet the future needs of the motoring public, business owners, and area communities. The study is expected to be completed in Spring 2004.

Handouts and display boards will be available for public review, as will information regarding engineering, environmental, and other important issues relating to the study. Representatives from IDOT and the consultant, MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc., will be present to discuss the project and answer questions. The meetings will be held in an open-house format, therefore no formal presentation will be made. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting in their area to provide their comment, input, and feedback on the study.

The meeting sites are accessible to disabled individuals. If special accommodations are needed, arrangements should be made with the IDOT District Engineer, 1102 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234-6198. Persons who need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the District Office three (3) days before the meeting so arrangements can be made. Special needs or requests can be made by telephone at 618-346-3161; by fax at 618-346-3119; or by Teletypewriter (TDD) at 618-346-3396.

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