By: Diane Benjamin
I attended part of the Public Hearing last night at Central Catholic High school.
Side note: I wonder how much they spend per student in their lovely facility? I bet it isn’t close to what Unit 5/District 87 spend. Somebody should really study that angle.
I did a quick Internet search yesterday trying to figure out when the BYPASS name got changed to HIGHWAY. As late as 2007 it was still called a “bypass”, maybe the word got out that building an easy way for travelers to drive right by your town wasn’t brilliant.
The sketches of the proposed road still look just like a bypass: 4 lane divided road with a 10 foot bike/walking path, also divided from the southbound lanes.
The good news is the road is not moving forward for at least two years. The bad news is the land is going to be recorded as the potential site, so development will be affected along the route. Business and homes won’ t be allowed to build when someday the bypass will have to destroy whatever is there to start construction. The current property owners should challenge their assessed value now because now the only buyer will be for the road.
Many County Board members were present, the ones I talked to said nobody is for building it now. A group will be monitoring the area for population growth and traffic conditions on existing roads. The current population growth is way below predictions, that’s why monitoring will continue with no action for implementation.
Even if funding was available today, a section of the road – probably the south interchange to 74 or the north interchange with 55 – won’t be done for 7 years. The entire road will not be built all at once, even if future studies claim it is necessary.
Currently no funding exists and nobody is looking for any.
This pic shows the population growth that was expected (green line) and the revised projections (dotted blue line). The blue line begins at 2010 and extends to 2040. With State Farm moving out, it still looks overly optimistic.