Route 51 hearings are next Thursday

The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold three public hearings in January on the continued four-lane expansion of U.S. Route 51, with two of those meetings being held in Fayette County.

IDOT will hold one public meeting from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the multi-purpose room at the Kaskakia College Vandalia Campus, and a second meeting that day from 5:30-8 p.m. at Ramsey High School.

A third hearing will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Centralia City Council chambers.

These hearings are being held as part of the proposed four-lane expansion of Route 51 between the Christian/Shelby county line south of Pana and the Route 51/Ill. Route 177 interchange near Centralia, according to state Sen. Frank Watson (R-Greenville).

The meetings will have an open-house format, with brief presentations on the hour, as warranted, Watson said.

Area residents who are interested in Route 51 improvements are encouraged to attend one of the public hearings.

At Mondays meeting of the Vandalia City Council, Mayor Rick Gottman said he hoped for a large turnout by Vandalia residents.

Id like to see the room overflowing with residents, Gottman said. The Route 51 project is very important for our community, and we need to let IDOT know that.

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