Shawnee Parkway project focus of stakeholder’s meeting set in Carbondale

A proposed Shawnee Parkway project will be the topic of a meeting which is scheduled Friday, Sept. 23, in Carbondale.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the First United Methodist Church, which is located at 214 W. Main St.

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Southern Illinois Audubon Society.

Illinois Department of Transportation program development engineer Carrie Nelson is scheduled to present what is billed as an informational stakeholder’s meeting about the Shawnee Parkway road project.

The Southern Illinois Audubon Society said in a news release that the presentation will provide the public with an opportunity to learn more about the feasibility study stage of the proposed Shawnee Parkway project, as well as ask questions about the project and voice their opinion.

The society said that questions which will be addressed at the meeting include:

Where would this proposed road be constructed and what type of roadway is being planned? What does “the study area” mean and where is it?

What is a stakeholder? Why is this road needed? How is the Shawnee Parkway study being funded?

Who will benefit from the road? What is the cost to the local economy? How will it impact the Shawnee National Forest?

What is the Context Sensitive Solutions approach to this study and why is it being used? 

Will IDOT offer more such meetings where the public can be kept up-todate on the project?

For more information about the project, visit shawneeparkway.org and http://citizensforsouthernillinois.org/?page_id=2.

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