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SW Illinois Rural Expressway Gets a Nod from Sen. Duckworth

Southern Illinois Connector Highway Project
Map of proposed expressway

A proposed four-lane rural expressway connecting southern Illinois to the St. Louis Metropolitan Area is getting support from Illinois U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth.
Duckworth, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, recently met virtually with southwest Illinois leaders to discuss the Southwest Illinois Connector Highway Project.

Illinois' junior senator says the project would help ease the bottleneck of traffic on Interstate 57 and boost the region's economy. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan proposal includes 456 billion dollars for transportation-specific infrastructure.

Duckworth was joined at the virtual meeting by several local officials including Murphysboro Mayor Will Stephens, Randolph County Director of Economic Development Chris Martin and Four County Highway Coalition Chairman Dr. Marc Kiehna.

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