By: Diane Benjamin
Everybody in the County is represented by 2 Board members. These two are mine:
The possible construction of an east-side bypass would never had happened if one of these guys wasn’t fully behind it. The other voted to take the 10 million dollars to investigate building it. I don’t know if he remembers, but one of them told me years ago he voted for it because it was free money. I will let you figure out which one is which.
At meeting after meeting most citizens were against building it. One of the above doesn’t care. If the loss of area jobs continues, maybe soon it will be a moot point, but for now progress is still being made laying the groundwork. One of the above promised it wouldn’t go forward if there was no need for it.
WHAT GENIUS THINKS IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO BUILD A BYPASS AROUND YOUR CITY?
The west side bypass is working great – people drive right on by! Go visit the Outlet Mall. CI Shooting Sports is a great place, otherwise most of the rest is decaying.
I received some status information under the Freedom of Information Act. Emails show:
- No property rights are being purchased yet
- In January their schedule was at least 5 months behind
- They love to use acronyms nobody but insiders understand ( SHPO, BDE, FHWA, D5, FONSI, etc)
- Re-routing is necessary near Towanda to mitigate the impact on the historical house west of the Lamplighter subdivision (impacts on other subdivisions must be immaterial)
- Soil testing is being done
- The County is relying on the population projections made by the McLean County Regional Planning Commission that don’t take into account the latest loss of 400 jobs in one year
This email is from County Board member Victoria Harris to the MCRPC director. Sadly, it sounds like the County would rather transfer responsibility for roads to the State instead of maintaining them. Do you like Veterans Parkway? It’s a State road.
You can see Vasu’s response here: MCRPC Response
The response contains population projections.
I am in favor of building a new exit on to 55 at Towanda. Meandering through town is silly when an off ramp could be built for easy access. I am NOT in favor of destroying farmland and devaluing subdivisions just to bypass Bloomington-Normal with a highway and bike paths.