When Governor Pat Quinn announced Illinois' multi-year road program update last April, there was a project that few in the Riverbend were familiar with. An Alton-Godfrey Expressway may one day run from U.S. 67 south of the Alton Square to north of Route 255. Exactly if, where, or when that will happen is yet to be determined, but the prospect of such construction was re-introduced to the public at last night's Godfrey Village Board meeting.

Future traffic projections show there will eventually be a need for another north-south connection between U.S. 67 and Illinois 255. The first step in that process is the completion of studies, and Jason Waters of the planning company Bernardin, Lochmueller & Associates, says a feasibility study was performed over the past year or so.

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Engineering for location, environmental and design studies, engineering for contract plans, land acquisition, utility adjustments, grading, paving, new bridge, drainage and construction engineering are programmed during fiscal years 2012-2017 at a cost of $120 million. Last year, there was widespread speculation Alby Street might be targeted for a major rework, but Waters says they are starting with a clean slate and all options, including doing nothing at all, are on the table.

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