IDOT holding informational meeting for road construction needs of the future

By Ryne Turke on May 14, 2015 at 12:44pm

The Illinois Department of Transportation is holding an informational hearing in Jacksonville on Monday to discuss specific road needs for the future of the state.

John Power, Chairman of the Corridor 67 group, highlights some of the topics that will be addressed at the event.

“Kind of describing the situation the state is in now and also gauging the level of support for the various upgrades throughout the state. The prime need for our area of the state is for Route 67,” says Power.

Power says his group has been lobbying to get Route 67 updated from two to four lanes for the past 25 years. Currently, he says four-lane construction has been completed from the Alton and St. Louis area to just South of Jerseyville.

“Over the last 25 years, we have spent one-billion-dollars to upgrade Route 67. We are about one-third of the way there. We need to spend about $1.5 billion more to get the whole project done,” says Power.

The meeting will be at 1 p.m. on Monday at Illinois College’s Kirby Learning Center.

The Republican Women’s Club is holding a fundraiser on Saturday from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee’s to support the Vietnam Wall Project. Tickets, which can be purchased at Merle Norman & World Travel, are $5.