Coats, Kirk Jointly Support Illiana Corridor Project
December 6, 2013 — Indiana’s senior United States Senator is taking his message on the road–to support a highway project.
As region residents consider the Illiana Corridor project Senator Dan Coats says they need to plan for the area’s future. The Illiana project proposes a 47-mile interstate highway connecting I-65 near Lowell to I-55 near Wilmington, Illinois.
Coats says the Region’s strong economic growth projections depend on expanded transportation, “Businesses are going to look at the Region as a desirable place to locate, but without transportation flow to move workers and goods, it’s going to slow that growth.”
While the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission prepares to vote on the project next week, Illinois has approved the Illiana project as a fast-track priority for completion. Coats says the project cost is approximately $1.5-billion dollars.
Coats has the support of an Illinois senator for the Illiana corridor project. Now he wants Hoosiers’ support, too.
Coats says it’s vital for economic growth in the region. He suggests that people consider the long-term need for expanded transportation for the future, “I think in the long run if you look at the Region as a whole you realize that you can’t keep pouring everything into a resource that you don’t have routes to deal with, then people will stop coming. That growth will disappear, and those jobs will disappear.”
Coats and Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk today advocated the proposed Illiana project together in a downtown Chicago meeting.