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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2012

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

IDOT Schedules Public Hearing for Improvement of IL 97

Open House Fulfills Requirement for Protected Corridor

SPRINGFIELD- The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold an open house public hearing regarding the protected corridor for the proposed upgrade of IL 97, from a two-lane to a four-lane facility from 0.1 miles west of IL 4 to 0.5 miles west of the IL 97 / IL 125 intersection. The meeting will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012 at Atonement Lutheran Church located at 2800 W. Jefferson St. in Springfield.

The notice fulfills the requirement regarding corridor protection for the IL 97 project under 605 ILCS 5/4-510, which includes holding an additional public hearing on the protected corridor when 10 years have passed since the original corridor was recorded. The hearing will allow the public an opportunity to provide comments on the approved corridor, which was recorded on April 22, 1998.

This hearing will be conducted on an informal basis therefore no formal presentation is planned. Representatives of the Illinois Department of Transportation will be available to answer individual questions and receive comments. Comment sheets will also be provided for those in attendance who wish to provide a written statement. Comments received at this meeting or sent to IDOT District 6 by Jan. 24, 2012 will be included in the official project record. The same material will be available for review and inspection at District 6, 126 E. Ash St. in Springfield.

This hearing will be accessible to persons with a disability in compliance with current accessibility standards prepared by the Capital Development Board. Persons with a disability planning to attend and needing special accommodations should contact District 6. The contact may be by telephone, in writing, by fax or by telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY).

For more information, please contact IDOT District 6, 126 E. Ash St., Springfield, Ill 62704-4792; telephone (217)782-7301; fax (217)524-7696 or TDD (217)524-4875.

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