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Route 29 Project Nearing Completion

Route 29 Project Nearing Completion

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There’s light at the end of the tunnel for the nearly quarter-century project of making Route 29 a four lane highway between Springfield and Taylorville.

Mike Bell of Project 29 says Edinburg, his hometown, is buzzing — and the uptick in commerce reflects that.

“We’ve had new businesses come in. We’ve actually had a business in Springfield expand from Springfield to Edinburg,” he says. “We like to see any kind of expansion or new business. We’ve had a new business start up.”

He also says the existing truck stop along Route 29 will expand to include a Subway sandwich shop.

Bell says safety is a large concern as well — he hopes a steady flow of four lane traffic will prevent more accidents.

“It’s going to provide a more safe thoroughfare getting from Point A to Point B,” he says.

The road should be finished by Fall 2015 — 24 years after the project started.

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