Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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April 18, 2013

Outgoing president gives thoughts on Missing Mile

TEUTOPOLIS — In his last village board meeting after 12 years as Teutopolis Village president, Jerry Weber said a majority of those who have commented about the proposed "Missing Mile" project appear to favor the project.

"My opinion is that the comments are much more positive than negative," Weber said.

Teutopolis and Effingham officials have overseen engineering work on the project, which would provide another link between Effingham and Teutopolis. A new road would link the east end of Evergreen Avenue in Effingham with the west end of Water Street in Teutopolis, a distance of about a mile. The project would also include an upgrade of East Evergreen Avenue between U.S. 45 and Willenborg Avenue, as well as a bicycle path alongside the road.

Weber conceded Wednesday that some residents, particularly of the area along East Evergreen Avenue, still have some concerns about the project.

"Some of the major concerns include placement of the bike path and a possible impact on property values," Weber said.

But Weber added he has heard positives from those who live or work along East Fayette Avenue in Effingham, currently the only straight route between Effingham and Teutopolis.

"People along Fayette thought it (the Missing Mile project) would be a blessing because it would reduce traffic in that area," he said.

Weber said representatives from the U.S. Department of Transportation who are overseeing the project are pleased with the level of support the project is receiving.

While there is no timetable for project completion, final design is expected to be completed this summer. Construction would then depend on when funding is available.

Wednesday was Weber's last meeting as village president after choosing not to run for a fourth term. Current Trustee Greg Hess was unopposed in his bid for village president and will take over the gavel at the board's May 1 meeting.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

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