Illiana Expressway Hearing In Lowell Attracts Supporters, Opponents
February 19, 2014–Sarah Holst, Lakeshore Public Media–
Dozens of residents gathered at Lowell Middle School Tuesday night to voice their concerns about the Illiana Corridor, a proposed toll road connecting I-65 near Lowell to I-55 near Wilmington, Illinois. Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub was among those who spoke out against the project.
“There was no consideration on the environmental impact, the drainage impact, the road impact.” says Scheub. “So we’re really going to be saddled with a negative cost when this is over, because nobody’s going to use this toll road.”
Only one attendee, real estate agent Nancy Frigo, was willing to speak publicly in favor of the project.
“Economic growth is going to happen, and so we have to choose to embrace, whether it’s going to be this toll road or this train, we’ve got to be prepared.”
A second hearing will take place tonight in Wilmington, and written comments will be accepted until March 10th. After reviewing the comments, transportation officials in Indiana and Illinois will make final adjustments to the proposed roadway before submitting the plan to the Federal Highway Administration for approval.