Connectivity - Route 51 - Decatur to Centralia
In order for a community to realize its maximum opportunity for economic
development, it must
have a direct, safe, and efficient connection to the potential markets in the
surrounding area. The communities along the Route 51 Coalition corridor are
currently limited by the lack of such a connection to the regional roadway
network, especially in regards to north-south travel.
Not until the 75-mile length of two-lane roadway
from Moweaqua to Centralia is upgraded to four-lanes will this “missing link” be
completed to connect the communities along the Route 51 Coalition corridor
into the regional four-lane roadway network.
Filling in this “missing link” will:
- Provide a direct connection to East-west Interstate Routes I-64,
I-70, and I-72.
- Provide, in conjunction with the upgrading of Illinois
Route 29, a direct connection to Springfield, Jacksonville, Lincoln
, and Peoria.
- Provide a direct connection between Mt. Vernon, Centralia,
Decatur, Bloomington-Normal, and Rockford.
- Provide safer and more efficient
movement of traffic from the small “bedroom
communities” along the Route 51 corridor to the larger employment centers
to the north and south.