Commuters on some of St. Clair County's busiest arteries will see some relief.
Frank Scott Parkway East, North Green Mount Road and possibly Rieder Road are slated to be widened to reduce congestion, though, no definite timeline has yet been set for construction.
The details of the projects include:
* $10.4 million to improve North Green Mount Road between Illinois 161 and Frank Scott Parkway East; and
* $5.5 million to improve Frank Scott Parkway East between Old Collinsville Road and North Green Mount Road.
"It doesn't seem like a lot of work but North Green Mount is probably looking at three miles of work and widening," St. Clair County Engineer Jim Fields said. "Frank Scott is over three miles also. It's quite a bit of work done under traffic, which accounts for the cost. With the congestion now, though, people will be happy to see us addressing problems."
About 18,300 vehicles travel each day upon the planned work area along North Green Mount Road and 15,700 each day upon the work area on Frank Scott Parkway East, according to the most recent studies from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Fields said the Rieder Road improvement is dependent upon whether traffic increases after the construction of an interchange just south of the proposed work area between Highway 50 and Shiloh Valley Township Line.
"Our plans now for the interchange don't include any improvements," Fields said. "Engineering studies say we don't need improvements done right away. We are just trying to plan for the area, and if traffic does increase we will be prepared."
Construction on the interchange at Rieder Road on Interstate 64 could begin as early as June 2014. The interchange is part of an overall $59.1 million plan to widen Interstate 64 and improve Rieder Road and Cardinal Creek Gate at Scott Air Force Base.
The St. Clair County Board on Monday approved selling $30.3 million in bonds -- with more than $21.5 million of the bond revenue designated to fund the roadwork.
The remaining bond revenue will refinance existing bonds and spur about $3.65 million worth of expansions to buildings housing private companies at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah. North Bay Produce and the Boeing Co. requested the expansions and have agreed to pay back the costs to the county through lease agreements.
The board voted 22-5 to sell the bonds. Voting against the bond sale were Republicans Ed Cockrell of New Athens, Craig Hubbard of O'Fallon, Nick Miller of Lebanon and David Tiedemann of Shiloh. The lone Democrat voting against the bond sale was Larry Stammer Jr. of Belleville.
Opposing board members objected to the bond sale for different reasons. Some said they voted against the measure because public funds should not fund private business expansions while others said the dollar amounts of the bond sale were not made available to the members prior to the vote.
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