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Haine, Beiser request “No-Build” option for Alton-Godfrey connector

haine-alton-godfrey-rdALTON – The Illinois Department of Transportation has been carrying out a series of impact studies on a proposed project to build a road to connect Alton and Godfrey.

At an informational meeting about the development last week, local citizens came out to voice their concerns and opposition.

“This project has been the subject of a series of studies to gauge public input, and I have heard the opposition,” said Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton). “In order to go forward with this project, we need local support. Without local support, this project is not viable. I have heard from many local businesses and individuals that would have immediate losses from this development. The losses far outweigh the projected gains.  

“Additionally, I believe this funding is better suited for other projects that are needed throughout our community. I have requested that IDOT use this funding on such projects as the I-270 expansion and repair, the bike trail on the River Road or the round-about on IL Route 3 in Godfrey. These are necessary developments for our community that garner significant public support.”

There have been many throughout the community who have voiced their concerns about the immediate losses this development would cause.

“There are a lot of road upgrades on the books or planned for the near future, and this decision was made with the goal of bringing our current infrastructure up to standards in a way that prepares our region for further job growth while respecting the wishes of local businesses and homeowners,” added Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton).

Senator Haine and Representative Beiser’s request for a ‘No Build’ would end this project and provide funding to other important infrastructure developments important to Metro-East communities.

Sen. William R. Haine

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Assistant Majority Leader
56th District

Years served:
2002 - 2018

Committee assignments: Criminal Law; Insurance (Vice-Chairperson); Judiciary; Licensed Activities and Pensions; Veterans Affairs.

Biography: Born 8 August 1944, in Alton, Illinois. United States Army Veteran; one tour of duty, Vietnam (1967-69); Bachelors Degree, St. Louis University (1967); Juris Doctorate, St. Louis University School of Law (1974). Member, Madison County Board (1978, 1982-86); Metro-East Transit District Board of Trustees (1981-88); Madison County State's Attorney (1988-2002). Wife, Anna, 7 children, 31 grandchildren.