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New interstate stretching across Southern Illinois

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The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking at building a new expressway across Southern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking at building a new expressway across Southern Illinois.
The route will give drivers a much more quicker way to get between Paducah and Cape Girardeau. The route will give drivers a much more quicker way to get between Paducah and Cape Girardeau.
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CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

The Illinois Department of Transportation is looking at building a new expressway across Southern Illinois.

They're wanting to connect Interstate 24 in Kentucky to Interstate 55 in Southeast Missouri.

"Right now we're a blank slate," said Carrie Nelsen IDOT District 9 Program Development Engineer. "We're gathering information, collecting data, listening to people's ideas and concerns of where the corridor should be. At the conclusion of this planning study we hopefully will have a selected corridor."

The route will give drivers a much more quicker way to get between Paducah and Cape Girardeau.

"The problems of transporting yourself between Paducah and Cape Giradeau has posed problems for many years," Nelsen said.

The project would be at least a four lane roadway to give semi-truck drivers an alternate route to take instead of the two lane roads that currently connect the two cities.

"The interstate is always a better system," said Tom Thompson of Whitewright, Texas. "You don't have red lights, you don't have small towns to go through, and it would be much more fuel efficient."

"I would rather be on the interstate then a two lane road anytime," said Rob Chelemen of Taylor, Michigan. "I think it's more safe then the two lane roads."

IDOT is now wanting to hear from the public on the proposed project.

There is going to be a public meeting on July 24, at Shawnee Community College in Ullin. The meeting will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

If you would like to learn more about the 66 Corridor Project you can click on: www.66corridor.org.

The meeting place is accessible to disabled individuals too.

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