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Meetings Set for Illiana Expressway Research for 2040

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October 10, 2013 — As the projected Illiana Expressway moves forward, a local regional body wants to make sure it aligns with the area’s long range plan.

The Pathway to 2040 committee of the Northwestern Regional Planning Commission discussed various options that would benefit the region long term.  Today, the group discussed the Illiana Expressway, the proposed toll road that connects Interstate 65 in south Lake County with Interstate 55 in Will county, Illinois.

Data Resources Planner Kevin Garcia said the committee will develop a white paper on the goals and objectives of Illiana while collecting public comment from various meetings throughout October and November.

“One of the main issues is whether the Illiana will cause investment and development to push into the rural southern parts of Lake County and essentially be pulling investment that could have gone into the northern, urban core communities,” said Garcia.

Garcia added NIRPC staff will release the white paper analysis by the end of the month. All information will be presented to the transportation policy committee followed by a full commission vote in December.  The public will get an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed Illiana Expressway before NIRPC votes on the project.

The hearings are:

November 2: John W. Anderson Library, Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Gary, IN, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

November 5: Lowell Middle School, 19250 Cline Avenue, Lowell, IN, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

November 13: NIRPC, 6100 Southport Road, Portage, IN, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

November 19: Michigan City City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Boulevard, Michigan City, IN, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The public can also email comments to comments@nirpc.org.  Garcia said it is best to read all Illiana documents first online at nirpc.org.

By Renetta DuBose

 

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