The Mayor of Godfrey is optimistic that with today's ribbon cutting completing Illinois 255 to Godfrey, development will follow. He points to success stories all along 255 from the JB Bridge to the south, all the way to the Wood River and Bethalto areas that are already seeing growth. The first step could be a small hotel and new retail near 255 and Highway 67.
Mayor Mike McCormick has spoken with representatives of the Menard's home improvement store chain about possibly locating in Godfrey, and believes other businesses will find the area attractive once the highway is complete. He says he is already starting to see interest:
Talk of the new highway connecting the area to the St. Louis metro highway system has been around for at least four decades. Godfrey has passed a number of measures such as TIF and Business District ordinances to try and attract more business to Godfrey, saying the village needed to be ready once 255 was complete. The ribbon cutting takes place at 10am and 255 at Highway 111 will be open this afternoon.