Bellock wants Hinsdale residents kept in mind during I-294 expansion
Rep. Patti Bellock (R-Hinsdale) wants to make sure that the expansion of Interstate 294 doesn't leave her constituents in the dust.
Following the Illinois Tollway Board’s recent decision to add a lane on each side of the interstate in the Hinsdale area, Bellock sent the board a letter to encourage transparency and consideration of public feedback as it develops its plans.
“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,” Bellock wrote. “Widening of I-294 would have a harmful impact on local property values and parks, as well as generate increased noise pollution.”
The project will likely also eliminate the Hinsdale Oasis commercial rest stop, which Bellock said would lead to a significant loss of revenue for Hinsdale. Bellock offered to organize public hearings on the project so that affected residents could voice their opinions.
“My main priority is ensuring that residents of Hinsdale are kept informed and given every opportunity to voice their concerns throughout this process,” she wrote. “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.”
Sen. Chris Nybo (R-Elmhurst) and House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) cosigned Bellock’s letter.