The public is invited to a pair of meetings this week that will help officials in Illinois and Indiana narrow down the exact location of a planned toll road known as the Illiana Expressway.
Transportation officials are accepting comments on a corridor study that attempts to narrow down a preferred 47-mile route that would connect I-55 near Wilmington, IL, to I-65 near Cedar Lake, IN. The Tier Two Illiana Corridor Study is available online.
Public input could help shape the final right of way, expected to be about 400 feet wide. Another part of the study, although not the preferred option for officials, recommends “no action” be taken on the Illiana corridor.
Public meetings to discuss the preferred route are as follows:
Tuesday, April 16, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Peotone High School, 605 W. North St., Peotone, IL 60468
Thursday, April 18, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Lowell Middle School, 19250 Cline Ave., Lowell, IN 46356
The concept of building the expressway dates back years. The Federal Highway Administration green-lighted the project as a limited-access toll road back in January.
Officials have touted the Illiana Expressway as one way to manage congestion including trucks south of Chicago. Illinois and Indiana departments of transportation say the toll road will “reduce the strain of truck traffic on local roads.”
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