U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works
Hearing Statements
Date:   04/07/2003
 
Neil Dillard, Mayor
Carbondale, IL

TEA-21 Reauthorization

Carbondale, IL
200 South Illinois Avenue
P.O. Box 2047
Carbondale, Illinois 62902-2047

April 3, 2003

The Honorable James Inhofe
United States Senator
Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510

Dear Senator Inhofe:

Enclosed for your information and reference is a copy of Resolution 2002-R-64 which supports the expansion of Illinois Route 13/127 from two lanes to four lanes between Murphysboro and the north side of Pinckneyville (commonly referred to as the 4-127 project). This resolution was unanimously passed by the City Council of the City of Carbondale on September 3, 2002.

As noted in the resolution, this $80 million project would close a large portion of the gap in the system of four-lane highways between the major population centers in southern Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area. In addition, it would address existing roadway deficiencies and traffic safety concerns as well as the need for an adequate transportation system for regional growth and development in southern Illinois, including the improved ability to transport goods and services to the St. Louis metro area and beyond.

The City of Carbondale appreciates your support of this very important project. Please contact me if you have any questions or need additional information. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Neil Dillard, Mayor

Resolution No. 2002-R-64

A Resolution Supporting The Expansion of Illinois Route 13/127 (FAP Route 42) From Two Lanes to Four Lanes Between Murphysboro and Pinckneyville, Illinois

Whereas, communities in the southwestern portion of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Transportation have been advocating the possibility of a freeway between Southern Illinois and the St. Louis Metro-East area for many years; and,

Whereas, upgrading the portion of Illinois Route 13/127 (FAP Route 42) from two lanes to four lanes between the north edge of Murphysboro and just north of Pinckneyville would close a large portion of the gap in the system of four-lane highways between the major population centers in southern Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area; and

Whereas, this upgrade would also address existing roadway deficiencies and traffic safety concerns, as well as the need for an adequate transportation system for regional growth and development in southern Illinois, including the improved ability to transport goods and services to the St. Louis metro area and beyond; and

Whereas, the Illinois Department of Transportation has acknowledged the regional significance of the expansion of Illinois Route 13/127 between Murphysboro and Pinckneyville and has identified it as a high priority project; and

Whereas, recognizing that the economic feasibility of this important road project is contingent upon federal participation, United States Congressman Jerry Costello has also indicated support for the project,

Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved by The City Council of The City of Carbondale, Illinois, as Follows:

1. That the City Council of the City of Carbondale, Illinois, go on record in support of the expansion of Illinois Route 13/127 (FAP Route 42) from two lanes to four lanes between the north edge of Murphysboro and just north of Pinckneyville, Illinois;

2. That the City Council of the City of Carbondale also supports the continuation of the expansion of Illinois Route 13/127 to four lanes from Pinckneyville to Interstate 64 north of Nashville, Illinois; and

3. That copies of this resolution be sent to IDOT District Engineer Karl Bartelsmeyer, State Senator David Luechtefeld, State Representative Mike Bost, U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello and U.S. Senators Peter Fitzgerald and Richard Durbin.

This Resolution passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of Carbondale, Illinois, on the 3rd day of September 2002.

APPROVED: Neil Dillard, Mayor

ATTEST: Janet M. Vaught, City Clerk

Approved as to Legality and Form: Paige Reed/City Attorney