Pete Hill made some great points in his recent letter concerning the Obama administrations slight of St. Clair County in the intense competition to be NGA West’s future home. Hill misinformed when he stated that the over $59 million I-64-Rieder Road interchange came about to enhance the county’s NGA West proposal.
Long in planning, access roads to the area were closed in September 2014 to allow interchange construction to precede full bore.
County officials initially billed the interchange as needed to support expanded access to Scott Air Force Base through the base’s Cardinal Creek gate entrance. The base has an improvement package on their books which includes construction of a gate house with identification checking stations, truck inspection facility, weapon storage, and cargo transfer station.
NGA didn’t issue their notice of intent to relocate until November 2014.
The county threw the Rieder Road interchange into their NGA West proposal package to help feather the nest. The county’s proposed NGA West site happens to be located just up the hill from the current Cardinal Creek gate.
Bill Malec, O’Fallon