Metro-East News

Collinsville is a stop on IDOT listening tour

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Capital Development Board have scheduled a listening tour, with a stop in Collinsville, during the next month to discuss infrastructure needs in the state, and funding for those projects.

The Collinsville session is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 5 at the Gateway Center at 1 Gateway Drive. It will be hosted by the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce.

IDOT officials hope to hear from residents, businesses and local leaders among others to identify infrastructure challenges and to set priorities of where to carry out projects and where to invest.

Among the topics that will be addressed are establishing needs, improving deteriorating roads, bridges and transit systems, providing better access across multiple transportation modes and reinvesting in state facilities, such as schools and state parks, according to a news release.

IDOT plans to use information from the meetings to present a comprehensive package of recommendations to Gov. Bruce Rauner and the General Assembly later this spring.

“I look forward to hearing the views and thoughts on transportation from the broad spectrum of people who make up our great state,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “The time to rethink our transportation goals and priorities is now. Inaction is no longer an option.”

The planned 32-stop tour also includes a session near Alton scheduled for 2 p.m. May 5 at the Lewis & Clark Community College Advance Technology Center at 5800 Godfrey Road in Godfrey. The session will be hosted by the River Bend Growth Association.