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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: MaryAnn Taylor Crate
July 14, 2003 OFFICE: (314) 242-2262



IDOT to Host Series of Public Information Meetings on the
New Mississippi River Bridge Project

COLLINSVILLE, ILLINOIS (July 14, 2003) -- The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host a series of public informational meetings to present the current status of the various transportation improvements that will be implemented in Illinois and Missouri as part of the New Mississippi River Bridge (MRB) Project. These meetings will be held from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. in an open house format at the following locations in Brooklyn, East St. Louis and Venice, Illinois:

Tuesday, July 22 - City of East St. Louis, Mount Sinai Baptist Church 1200 St. Louis Avenue

Wednesday, July 23 - Village of Brooklyn, Brooklyn/Lovejoy School, 800 Madison Street

Thursday, July 24 - City of Venice, Venice Park District, 305 South Broadway


Exhibits and aerial photographs will be presented to address the following topics:
  • The MRB Project- - what it is and why it's needed

  • The Bridge - the selected design, how it was determined and its location


  • Funding Initiative - what it is and how you can assist

  • Improvements to the Tri-Level Interchange - current information about the design, property impacts and traffic management plans

  • Relocated Illinois Route 3 - what are the design details and property impacts and when can one expect construction activities to begin

  • Urban Design - what are the conceptual plans for aesthetic and landscaping enhancements to the various Illinois roadway improvements, as well as the selected community icon designs


    New Mississippi River Bridge IL Area Project Public Meetings

The New Mississippi River Bridge Project is a combination of regional transportation initiatives implemented in communities and neighborhoods throughout Illinois and Missouri. The improvements include a new, eight-lane bridge connecting Illinois and Missouri just north of downtown St. Louis, and other roadway improvements including the relocation of I-70 and Illinois Route 3. Both the Illinois and Missouri departments of transportation are sponsoring this project.

Two years ago, IDOT formed two Community Involvement Groups (CIGs) to help ensure that information about the MRB Project is shared with the community. These groups were also established to assist the project design team in developing strategies to address remaining project issues like how to integrate aesthetic and landscape features into the vast array of transportation improvements to take place in Illinois and how best to maintain traffic during construction.

This series of July meetings will provide Metro-East residents an opportunity to review the conceptual plans for aesthetics and landscaping enhancements and the staging and sequencing of construction activities along the various highway alignments and interchanges that comprise the MRB project.

More information is available by calling the project's toll-free hotline at: 1-866-9BRIDGE (1-866-927-4343), by reviewing the project web site at: www.newriverbridge.org or by sending electronic mail to: newriverbridge@hntb.com.

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