Do we need a bypass one-half mile from Towanda-Barnes Road? The other north-south roads give some perspective: Main Street is 2.3 miles from Veterans, which is 2.6 miles from Towanda-Barnes. Then the new road would be one-half mile from Towanda Barnes? Really? Does that make sense?
I suggest that the folks who would be served by this road placement have not been identified. They certainly are not State Farm employees or airline passengers, as we have been told. Maybe the developers would benefit from another road for future commercial and real estate projects east of Towanda-Barnes.
The planners tell us that the bypass is superimposed over existing roads. Correction, the only existing road that is followed is Road 2000 and it exists along the bypass for only 1 mile and that is a gravel path! The new bypass would slice and dice over farms and homes from north to south and cripple over 10,000 acres of prime farmland.
So are we the citizens being duped into thinking this road and its location is for our benefit? Are we willing to destroy prime farmland to partake of the federal highway jackpot fund for $ 300 million - just for the taking?
The Pantagraph reported that (state Sen.) Bill Brady and others have met with IDOT about the bypass issue. It has been reported that IDOT is overseeing the upcoming study and will make the final decision on location. Lucky for us that Bloomington has already marked on their comprehensive plan where the corridor should be - it will make it much easier for all to recommend their objective nonbiased decision. Don't you think?