An improvement between Lexington to Leroy was considered but not evaluated in detail because such an alternative does not meet the Purpose & Need of the ESH project. Lexington-Leroy Road is a north-south route located approximately ten miles east of the Bloomington-Normal urban core and approximately five miles east of the eastern boundary of the 2035 Land Use Plan. Based on the analysis of similar alternatives in the 2009 ESH Corridor Report, a Lexington-Leroy Road alternative would not adequately improve access to or mobility on the major roads in the study area and would not accommodate managed growth on the east side due to its distance from the eastern planned growth area. Therefore, an improved Lexington-Leroy Road cannot meet the Purpose & Need of the project.
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