(KMOV) – The city of Fairview Heights wants to build a new I-64 interchange through one of the town’s subdivisions, but residents are against it and are fighting to save their homes.
Nearly 30 residents could be forced to leave their community if the project moves forward. Residents strongly oppose the new construction, and say this is not the first time they’ve had to face this problem.
Residents like Ed Keeling worry that the city will force them out. City leaders say there is too much traffic and that converting Ruby Lane into a new interchange would ease the congestion.
The city failed to put an interchange in the area twice. Hoping that the third time will be a charm, the city just paid for another $100,000 feasibility study.
Fairview Heights mayor Gail Mitchell says the city has no choice but to look at Ruby Lane one more time, even though he doesn’t think the plan will get approved.