Concerns of "Proposed" Alton-Godfrey Connector
We attended the Illinois Department of Transportation open meeting at Alton High School on July 15, 2015. We listened carefully to what IDOT reps and others had to say. At the last map, the small orange squares were mentioned as being the homes to be bought out. We backtracked to find a map where the orange squares were shown. We asked the IDOT rep to verify that it was our home we pointed to and were casually advised "Yes your home will be bought out and removed". SHOCKED doesn't even begin to describe how we felt - NO PRIOR WARNING! (i.e., phone call, personal visit, mail, etc.). We left shortly thereafter, along with our immediate neighbors- devastated.
To the State of Illinois, as a courtesy, the residents of lllinois would appreciate being notified of major changes made by the State of Illinois and its various departments involving our residences, businesses, etc. prior to disclosure to the public by
open meetings, newspaper articles, etc.
Our Synopsis of IDOT's "Proposed" Alton-Godfrey Connector Open Meeting:
1. How is IDOT going to justify the cost and time required to build the proposed connector?
The issues stated definitely do not justify building the Alton-Godfrey connector.
WHY? Illinois has been unable to meet State payroll obligations; our schools have been required to cut back on staff and activities, etc.; jobs for the unemployed, among many other needs or the people in the State of Illinois.
2. Why is Illinois so determined to have the Alton-Godfrey connector highway?
It does not appear to make good sense. The majority of the residents and businesses in the pathway of this proposed highway are NOT IN FAVOR of moving forward with the Proposed Alton-Godfrey Connector. If it is imperative the Alton-Godfrey Connector be built, why not use the open fields East of North Alby Road? Wouldn't it be more cost effective?
3. Better still, why can't IDOT take advantage of the highways Illinois already have, i.e., the Martin Luther King Highway (North and South) that runs through Alton and Godfrey, along with Humbert Road?
(East and West). Godfrey has excellent connecting highways reaching any direction an individual or emergency vehicle may need to access to reach the 255 Interstate, with fewer modifications than what is currently being proposed and less costly?
4. Do we really need this additional expense to the State of Illinois and it's residents?
The State of Illinois needs to put the people of our state first and get Illinois operating in the "black".
• COMPLETE the highway projects already started in Illinois.
• REPAIR the current highways in Illinois which desperately need improvements.
YES, we ALL believe in OUR State of Illinois going forward, i.e., highway improvements, better schools, more jobs, etc., except we are having a difficult time understanding the justification of the Proposed Alton-Godfrey Corridor.
Thank you for reading our concerns. We look forward to your comments.
On behalf of the concerned residents of Madison County, Illinois
-M. Darlene Berg