SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of
Transportation (IDOT) will host a public information meeting for
the Lower Illinois River Regional Crossing Study (LIRRCS). The
department encourages all interested residents to attend and
participate. The location and time of the meeting are shown
October 12, 2011
Scott County Fairgrounds
Nimrod Funk Building
401 North Walnut Street
The public meeting will be held in an open house format, which
means interested residents can attend any time from 5 to 7 p.m.
The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of
improved access across the Illinois River in West-Central
Illinois within the study area of Scott, Pike, Calhoun and
Greene Counties. The study focus on potential measures to
maintain access, reduce operational costs, reduce maintenance
costs and improve safety for current and future users of the
Florence Bridge and other Illinois River crossings.
Because the existing Illinois River crossings are critical
transportation elements for both highway and river traffic, IDOT
has designated this project as a Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)
study. CSS is defined as “an interdisciplinary approach that
seeks effective, multimodal transportation solutions by working
with stakeholders to develop, build and maintain cost‐effective
transportation facilities which fit into and reflect the
project’s surroundings – its context.” The purpose of the public
meeting is to introduce the study to the public and solicit
membership for the Citizens’ Advisory Group (CAG), which will
assist the Department in this study.
Exhibits will be on site and available for review. In addition,
Department staff and members of the consultant team will be
available to answer questions.
The meeting location is accessible to special needs individuals.
Anyone needing special assistance should contact Roger Driskell,
Deputy Director of Highways, Region Four Engineer, 126 East Ash
Street, Springfield, IL, 62704-4792; phone (217) 782-7301; fax
(217) 524-7696. Persons planning to attend this meeting who need
a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations
should utilize the IDOT TDD number at (217) 524-4875 in at least
five days in advance of the meeting.