Illiana Expressway Local Public Hearings Feb. 18-19
February 14, 2014 — AP and Lakeshore Public Media staff–
The public can speak its mind about the route chosen for the proposed Illiana Expressway at two public hearings next week.
Indiana and Illinois transportation officials will accept comments on the route and the 47-mile highway’s environmental impact at public hearings on Feb. 18th in Lowell at Lowell High School and on Feb. 19th in Wilmington. Land acquisition specialists will also attend the hearings to speak with landowners along the route.
The proposed toll road would connect I-65 near Lowell with I-55 south of Chicago. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn both support the project, saying it would promote economic development. Critics maintain the $1.3 billion toll road will have minimal impact on economic development and damage the environment.
The highway still needs federal approval.