I appreciate the BND staff keeping their readership current on St. Clair County's planned road-building activities. The Green Mount Road and Frank Scott Parkway widening projects are immediate needs and will address existing traffic flow problems along those congested stretches of roadway.
Conversely, any proposed envisioned Rieder Road construction should be placed in the Matt Holliday category: way out in left field.
The article again ties the interchange to Scott's planned upgrade of its Cardinal Creek Gate as if one is driving the other. The county engineer stated that the interchange plans "don't include any improvements (to Rieder Road)," which makes one wonder how exiting interchange traffic would efficiently transition to the gate?
If the county and state have road improvement dollars to throw around, I'd rather see them add widening Frank Scott Parkway, from Old Collinsville Road to Illinois 159, and/or from Green Mount to Cross Street, to their projects. The former is critical to a smooth flow of traffic along Frank Scott. The latter is a forward-thinking initiative since, with the projected growth in that area, it's just a matter of time before it will be so clogged even Drano won't be able to effectively remove the blockage.
Speaking of clogs, it will be interesting to see how the engineers plan to remedy what promises to be a major fur ball on Green Mount, between Frank Scott and U.S. 50, once all the planned new construction is complete.