Bellock advocates for Hinsdale in letter to Illinois Tollway

HINSDALE – State Representative Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) sent a letter to the Illinois Tollway on April 28 urging the agency to prioritize public feedback and transparency in decision-making regarding the approved expansion of the central section of I-294 in the Hinsdale area. The Tollway Board voted 8-0 on April 27 to advance the project to the design phase. The project would expand the tollway one lane on each side as well as eliminate the Hinsdale Oasis.

“The project raises significant concerns for our constituents in Hinsdale, making it essential that they have ample opportunity to learn about the I-294 expansion proposal and provide their feedback,” Rep. Bellock said in her letter, which was co-signed by State Senator Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). “Widening of I-294 would have a harmful impact on local property values and parks, as well as generate increased noise pollution. In addition, the elimination of the Hinsdale Oasis would result in a significant loss of revenue to the Village,” Bellock’s letter added.

 In her letter, Rep. Bellock also offered to help facilitate public hearings from residents in the Hinsdale/Western Springs or Elmhurst/Oak Brook area who would be impacted by tollway expansion.

“My main priority is ensuring that residents of Hinsdale are kept informed and given every opportunity to voice their concerns throughout this process,” Rep. Bellock added. “The tollway expansion is a major project that requires transparency with regard to how and when decisions are made that impact local families and homeowners.”

Click HERE to see Rep. Bellock's letter to the Illinois Tollway.

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