Task Force to determine feasibility of new highway

The Southwest Illinois Task Force will soon be able to get to work exploring the potential for a four-lane highway between the Metro East area and Carbondale, according to State Senator Paul Schimpf.

“This road could be an important tool for economic development in our region, but first we have to find if the idea is truly feasible,” said Schimpf. “The task force will help us to answer that question, by determining the cost, the impact and what route it would take.”

The Southwest Connector Task Force was created with legislation passed by Schimpf last year, but because it was passed late in the Illinois House, legislation was required to extend the task force’s deadline until December of 2019. That’s when the panel will submit a report on its findings to the Illinois General Assembly.

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