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IDOT seeks public comment on proposed Illinois 146 improvements in Johnson County

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CARBONDALE — The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to learn more and comment about proposed improvements to Illinois 146 from U.S. 45 to west of Interstate 24 located in Vienna.

Instead of hosting a regular public meeting, IDOT will share details on the project and encourage public participation from May 3 to May 17 through a new website, IDOT.Illinois.gov/projects/IL-146-widening.

The website launches Monday, May 3. 

IDOT has identified an improvement to widen and resurface Illinois 146 from the Vienna City Park east to a new roundabout at the intersection of Red Bud Lane/Old Metropolis Road.

Funding for the project is included in the Rebuild Illinois capital plan. The widening and resurfacing project is expected to be underway during the 2023 construction season.

At IDOT's new project website, the public can view aerial photography with proposed improvements, a simulation of the roundabout, proposed typical sections, a safety overview and comment online.

Physical copies of the project materials will be on display at the Vienna City Hall, 205 N. Fourth Street. All comments received by May 21 will become part of the official public meeting record.

Written comments not submitted via the website should be sent to:

Illinois Department of Transportation

P.O. Box 100

Carbondale, IL 62903

Attn: Keith Roberts, IDOT Acting Region 5 Engineer

People without internet access can contact IDOT District 9’s Program Development Engineer Carrie Nelsen at 618-549-2171 ext. 280 for more information about the project.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday morning expressed support for President Joe Biden's proposal to allow Americans to attend two years of community college for free. Biden was expected to announce the measure as part of a sweeping "family plan" during a nationally televised address Wednesday night. Pritzker was asked about the proposal during a news conference at Heartland Community College in Normal, where he was announcing the development of a new $7.5 million electric vehicle workforce training program.

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