An IDOT plan that may eventually result in the creation of an Alton / Godfrey Connector road is not sitting well with at least one Godfrey Village Trustee. Mike Stumpf (pictured) thinks the cost of the project - which he says is about $128-million - could be repurposed for a number of other projects that have greater value. He also believes it is a project being pushed unnecessarily by State Representative Dan Beiser and State Senator Bill Haine.
The possibility of building a new road first resurfaced about a year and a half ago, and Stumpf wanted a resolution officially opposing the project to be adopted. Trustee Jeff Weber said he wanted to hear from Haine and Beiser before taking a stance. Stumpf says at least one of those state officials may be behind the project for the wrong reasons.
Haine and Beiser will be asked to attend a board meeting in September to explain their side of the story. There has been widespread speculation that IDOT was looking at incorporating Alby Street into a plan to relieve the growing congestion between Alton and Godfrey, but IDOT has said there is no decision where the road will go, if it is even built. You can hear Stumpf's comments in their entirety by clicking here: