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Collinsville roads are part of Great Streets Initiative

constantcontactgreatstreetsBeginning today, residents in the Collinsville area have the chance to express their views on the future of a major thoroughfare.

A series of meetings will be held on a Great Streets Initiative advocated by East-West Gateway Council of Governments to improve Collinsville Road and St. Louis Road, a pair of roads that together run a largely east-west route through the community. St. Louis Road connects up to Main Street on its eastern terminus, near Uptown Collinville. St. Louis Road runs west and eventually runs into Collinsville Road just east of Illinois Route 157. Collinsville Road continues west through and beyond Collinsville.

Among ideas being sought in the initiative are ones for new development, pedestrian improvements, parking and more.

East-West Gateway Council of Governments launched the St. Louis Great Streets Initiative in early 2006 to expand the way communities think of their streets. Rather than viewing a roadway project as solely a way to move more cars and trucks faster, the goal of the initiative is to trigger economic and social benefits by centering communities around interesting, lively and attractive streets that serve all modes of transportation. Since 2007, EWG has completed a total of 14 projects in six rounds and is currently undertaking the seventh round with a project in Missouri and one in Illinois.

The council will hold what it calls a community charrette the week of Jan. 28. A charrette is a hands-on working session where the planning team will be working with the community on designs, ideas, and a vision for Collinsville/St. Louis Road.

Here is the schedule:

Workshop 1: Monday, Jan 28, 6 p.m., City Hall, 125 S. Center St.

Workshop 2: Tuesday, Jan 29 6 to 8 p.m., First Baptist Church, 723 St. Louis Road

Workshop 3: Thursday, Jan. 31, 6 to 8 p.m., also at First Baptist Church

A final plan and recommendations are anticipated in early summer 2019.

For more information go here.

PHOTO: St. Louis Road, at Jefferson Street. From the East-West Gateway website.

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