Illiana Corridor Rejected By C-MAP
October 10, 2013 — A plan to build a highway corridor project involving Indiana and Illinois is getting detoured in Chicago.
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, called C-MAP, says its board voted yesterday to keep the proposed Illiana Corridor off of its projects list.
Illinois’ Department of Transportation asked C-MAP to accept the toll-road as a major capital project to accelerate construction.
C-MAP staff said the plan’s growth outline contradicts other C-MAP plans. It says the project’s “long-term economic benefits are unsubstantiated” and that it “has negligible mobility benefits” besides “financial risk.”
The Board vote now goes to Northwest Illinois’ Metropolitan Planning Organization. It’s the decision-making body for all Chicago-area transportation plans and programs. Its policy committee meets next Thursday, October 17, 2013, to determine Illinois’ support for the Illiana Corridor that would connect I-65 near Lowell to I-55 near Peotone, Illinois.
Click to see C-MAP staff’s recommendation report, with conclusions on page 19. C-MAP 9.27.2013 staff recommendation against Illiana Corridor