I would like to comment on the recent OurViews, ("East-side road needed; get project moving," Feb. 11).
Contrary to what The Pantagraph sees as "inaction" by the county Transportation Committee, the committee clearly took action to reject the proposal to help fund the East-Side roadway alignment study. The week before, the county land-use committee also took action and rejected the proposal to amend the county's comprehensive plan to include the corridor, along with a moratorium restricting land use within the 2,500-foot corridor.
On Feb. 9, the Town of Normal Planning Commission voted to not include the corridor in the town's comprehensive plan.
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One has to be skeptical of the purpose of the "study." In recent meetings, Jack Mitchell and Paul Russell have commented that they have begun meeting with IDOT and the Feb. 11 editorial indicates that the purpose of the study is to determine the exact placement of the right-of-way within the 2,500-foot corridor. For a study to be done properly, the engineers should start with a concept, consider all options and conclude with a recommendation for the best alternative. It looks like the study is being conducted to justify what some special-interest groups want to see happen.
The distance that runs parallel to Towanda-Barnes Road is less than 4 miles of the 10-11 mile corridor. The perception is that the bypass will parallel Towanda-Barnes Road, but the reality is that the majority of the distance will cut diagonally across prime farmland. This bypass is nothing more than a convenience road to the airport
The recent actions of committees not going along with, this corridor should be a good indication that this plan is not right for the residents of this community.