Highland News Leader

IDOT seeks public input on future transportation projects

Illinois is a crossroads when it comes to its transportation infrastructure.

Over the next six years, 40 percent of Illinois highways and one in seven bridges will be in unacceptable condition, according the the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

The transit network’s bus and rail system also will not be adequately overhauled, leading to less reliable and underutilized service, according to IDOT, and school and other key state construction projects will continue to lag behind and fall into disrepair.

With daunting tasks and limited funding ahead, IDOT and Illinois Capital Development Board are inviting the public to take part in a series of informal public meetings — two in Madison County — to establish priorities for future investment in the state’s transportation system. The dialogue will emphasize quality of life and economic growth.

The meetings are intended to be a listening tour, sparking discussion that ultimately leads to a package of recommendations that can be presented to Gov. Bruce Rauner and General Assembly for consideration this spring.

IDOT Listening Tour Meeting Dates

▪ May 5 at 9 a.m. at the Gateway Convention Center, 1 Gateway Drive in Collinsville. This meeting is being hosted by the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce.

▪ May 5 at 2 p.m. at the Lewis & Clark Community College (Advance Technology Center) Trimpe Building, 5800 Godfrey Road in Godfrey. This meeting is being host by the River Bend Growth Association.

To RSVP for either meeting, email Esperanza.Esparza@illinois.gov or call (312) 793-2242.