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66 Corridor

Project Description

The Illinois Department of Transportation selected Little Egypt JV, a joint venture of the consulting firms Horner & Shifrin, Inc. and Bernardin, Lochmueller and Associates, to provide Phase I engineering services required for the preparation of an environmental document and supporting engineering reports to determine the most feasible alignment for a transportation improvement  from Interstate 24 in the Paducah, Kentucky/Metropolis, Illinois region to Interstate 55 in the Cape Girardeau, Missouri region.  $3.6 million in funding was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation to evaluate the most feasible 66 corridor.  The Illinois counties included in the study are Alexander, Johnson, Massac, Pulaski, and Union.  The study, which began in April 2013, will take approximately 4 years to complete and includes environmentally sensitive and economically depressed areas. The study will be conducted under the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and will include several public meetings and input from stakeholders in southern Illinois as well as Kentucky and Missouri.

The 66 corridor is part of the East-West Transamerica Corridor, a national transportation plan first studied in the 1980s, and currently congressionally designated as a high priority highway extending from Virginia through Kansas.  At this time, there is no further funding identified in Illinois for the 66 corridor past the initial environmental document and supporting engineering reports.

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