Indiana Brakes on Illiana Expressway Plan
By: Hilary Powell
The Indiana Department of Transportation is set to halt action on the proposed Illiana Expressway project.
State transportation officials are temporarily suspending project development, according to a letter signed by INDOT project manager James Earl. A legislative assistant to State Sen. Rick Niemeyer (R-Lowell) says the Northwest Indiana legislator received the letter this week.
“INDOT mailed the letters today to keep property owners along the Illiana Corridor informed,” INDOT spokesperson Will Wingfield says in an email.
INDOT officials say the project is halted until the administration of newly elected Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner completes its review of the project. In January, Gov. Rauner made an executive order to freeze and evaluate major construction projects under the Illinois Department of Transportation, including Illiana.
The proposed estimated 50-mile highway would connect Interstate 55 near Wilmington, Ill., with Interstate 65 near Lowell, Ind.
Updated: 3:50 p.m.
INDOT Letter on Illiana Corridor