QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
How can any taxpayer in Illinois support a project that will provide only short term economic benefits, but will eventually exacerbate state budget woes by creating additional long-term maintenance and repair costs, which will further limit funding and labor needed for repair and maintenance of existing transportation infrastructure?
Why do proponents of the 1-66 project ignore compelling, objective data documenting how interstates harm local businesses and communities by directing customers to larger urban population centers? Why should agriculture, small businesses and individual citizens of southern Illinois be asked to accept a barrier to local traffic and a conduit for crime just to provide easier passage for those traveling through the state to reach Cape Girardeau and Paducah?
Why should the citizens of southern Illinois tolerate the permanent degradation of growing economic benefits generated by its recreational economy, much of which is supported by some of this states highest quality public natural resources and ecosystem services (Shawnee National Forest, Cypress Creek National Wildlife Service, Cache River State Natural Area, Trail of Tears State Forest, Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area) simply to reduce travel time from Paducah to Cape Girardeau by 30-45 minutes?
Considerable private land including farms, vineyards, wineries, hunting clubs, bed and breakfasts and other businesses based on ecosystem services and a rural lifestyle will be required to build this interstate, including some properties within the actual footprint of the interstate that will be subject to condemnation (eminent domain).