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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2011

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

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 below:

October 12, 2011
Scott County Fairgrounds
Nimrod Funk Building
401 North Walnut Street
Winchester, IL

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.

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