The possibility of a new connector road between Alton and Godfrey has been talked about for a number of years, and public support for the plan does not seem to be there. An Alton-Godfrey Expressway may one day run from the Homer Adams Parkway to Illinois 255 near Wenzel Road, but one of its more vocal critics is a woman who owns a business and several houses on North Alby.
Margaret Freer, who owns Freer Auto Body, tells The Big Z the road is unnecessary.
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State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) released a statement that you can read below. Godfrey Fire Chief Eric Kambarian looks at the plan through the eyes of a first responder.
Senator Haine reviewing the Alton – Godfrey Connector
ALTON – Earlier this week the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) held an informational meeting about a proposed new connector road between Alton and Godfrey. The development has been the subject of a large-scale study since 2012 in order understand the impact it would have on local communities and the environment.
The informational meeting was attended by 220 people, some who voiced their concerns about the plan.
“This development has been the subject of a series of feasibility studies to gauge public input,” said Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton). “I am committed to a planning process that takes every objection into account and considers the voices of those who would be impacted by such a development. If the project isn’t feasible, it won’t be built.”
There are many steps that must take place before the project would be approved for construction. Currently, IDOT is working on an Environmental Impact Statement, which will be available for public review.