Granite City, IL– Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) District 8 Engineer Omer Osman and several of his staff visited America’s Central Port on Friday, February 24. IDOT District 8 covers Madison, St. Clair, Bond, Clinton, Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Marion, Monroe, Randolph and Washington counties in Illinois. Also joining DE Osman was Ms. Mary Lamie, IDOT’s former District Engineer. Other IDOT officials participating in the visit included Ken Sharkey, Engineer Osman’s Assistant and Jim Stack, IDOT’s Urban Planning Chief.
IDOT officials were briefed on America’s Central Port operations and facilities by Dennis Wilmsmeyer, the Port’s Executive Director, Bill Stahlman, Port Engineer and Frank Miles, the Port’s Business Development Manager. Following the brief, a discussion was held on ways to improve the Port’s visibility in the region by utilizing some of IDOT’s resources for signage. Mr. Wilmsmeyer also talked about the partnership between IDOT and the Port on maintaining right-of-ways along Rt. 3 and the importance of water and river transportation in the region and across the state. Various IDOT grant programs were discussed as was ways to improve the internal road system at the Port.
After a working lunch, IDOT officials were given a tour of Port property and more discussions were held about future communication and cooperative efforts. Wilmsmeyer said, “I was pleased we could tell IDOT officials about the progress made here at the Port. We are working hard to improve and develop all forms of transportation in southwestern Illinois.”