Perryville road is heading north. Tonight, the county board voted almost unanimously to extend Perryville Road north of State Highway 173 in hopes of continuing the village's growth.
Joe Vanderwerff, Winnebago County Engineer says, "We know that things are moving in Machesney Park very quickly and I believe a theater is being completed by next year so I'm sure other developments will follow."
But other board members aren't so sure. Peter Mac Kay voted against the extension and believes business won't see as much boom as predicted.
Peter Mac Kay says, "You've got a very bad economy in Winnebago County. It's nice to see any kind of activity but this is not bringing in business, this is a road contractor deal."
The roughly five million dollar extension will take two parts and finish at Swanson Road in 2005. With retail along most of Perryville's stretch. County leaders say the project is a worth investment.
Scott Christiansen says, "History has shown that the Perryville corridor has generated tremendous activity and that's what we're looking for now in the economy we're in locally. So, this is another piece of the puzzle that should help spur development.
But, Mac Kay sees different, adding that while the project might bring in stories...it won't re-open those already shut down in other areas.
Mac Kay says, "I want to know the name of the person who was laid off whose going to get his job back. The first person whose building is going to re-open...this is for road contractors."
So, with the county's blessing, Perryville is extended. But, how much the strip will enhance Machesney Park is a question that only time can answer.