Welcome to the Shawnee Parkway Website!
Welcome to the official site for the Shawnee Parkway study. Here you will find the latest study updates, public involvement opportunities, and study data.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are initiating a Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Study (Phase I Engineering) to analyze improving the east-west travel ways between the intersection of IL Route 3 and IL Route 146 and Interstate 57 in Alexander, Pulaski, and Union Counties. This study, referred to as the Shawnee Parkway, will take a detailed look at the transportation system within the study area to address the lack of east-west roadways, reduce travel times, improve traffic safety, and provide for economic opportunities.
Illinois Route 146 is currently the only east-west arterial roadway within the 350 square mile study area. There are other east-west roadways but they are county roadways with low-to-moderate-capacity. These roadways were not constructed to move people and freight at higher speeds and they are the site of frequent serious crashes (fatal and injury). Without an adequate east-west roadway, there is limited opportunity for economic development and access to jobs, adequate healthcare, and educational opportunities in this area.
There will be many opportunities for stakeholders to provide input during the study. Public participation activities will include public meetings, small group meetings, Community Advisory Group meetings, the study website, and newsletters. IDOT will issue public notices about upcoming events as they are scheduled.
We sincerely hope that you will partner with us on this study to help to make it a success. Feedback and questions received along the way from the public is highly encouraged. If you would like to be placed on our mailing list click here. If you would like to receive newsletters click here.