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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 618-346-3112
FEBRUARY 21, 2003
TTY: 618-346-3396

COLLINSVILLE, IL -- The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that the next study phase for a new transportation corridor in the southwestern Illinois metropolitan area is under way. Roughly 37 miles in length, the study area extends from the I-55/70 - US 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 transportation corridor. The current study 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 expected to be completed in spring 2004.

On the corridor has been defined, future detailed studies will examine a wide range of environmental, socioeconomic, and other impacts as required by federal law before any design and construction could occur.

An aggressive public involvement program is a cornerstone of this study. Planned public involvement activities include public meetings, newsletters, a web site, and a significant number of meetings with area municipal officials. A Study Management Group, made up of county, East-West Gateway, and IDOT representatives, will act in an advisory capacity to the study team. In addition, a toll-free phone number and mailing address will be established for interested Metro East resident to contribute their comments and feedback.

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