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A proposed regional, 4-lane, state highway from Carbondale to southwestern Illinois has been a discussion item for decades. 
 
State Senator Paul Schimpf of Waterloo supports the idea and recently spoke with the Illinois Department of Transportation about the prospects of connecting Carbondale with the Metro East.
 
 
Schmipf says the highway would require expansion of current 2-lane highways to 4 lanes and is important for the future economic vitality of southern and southwestern Illinois.
 
 
IDOT has indicated support for the idea, but at this time the proposal is just a discussion item. 

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