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More Illiana Expressway Public Meetings Begin Next Week

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(from joint INDOT-IDOT news release)

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will host the second round of open house public meetings for the Tier Two Illiana Corridor Study. The Illiana B3 Alternatives extend from I-55 near Wilmington, Illinois east to I-65 near Cedar Lake, Indiana. The refined Illiana Alternatives are generally located within the 2000′ preferred corridor identified during the first tier of the planning process.

The meetings will be an open house format, and interested persons may attend anytime between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. There will be a continuous PowerPoint presentation, and attendees will have the opportunity to view study exhibits and speak with IDOT, INDOT and study team representatives on a one-on-one basis. A question and answer forum will be held at 6:00 p.m. each day.

The public open house meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

INDIANA
Monday, June 17, 2013
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lowell Middle School
19250 Cline Avenue
Lowell, IN 46356
ILLINOIS
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Peotone High School
605 West North Street
Peotone, IL 60468

Since the Tier Two kickoff in January, more than 80 meetings with stakeholder groups, businesses, and over 800 landowners have been conducted to help form the latest alternatives. The Illiana Team has gathered information to move forward with planning should the B3 alternative be carried forward. Beyond the regional benefits for improving freight movement and reducing trucks on local roads, as well as improving access to jobs and air quality by reducing congestion, the Illiana corridor provides an opportunity for communities to plan for growth.

Working with the Illiana Team, as well as their own municipalities, residents and businesses can develop strategies to manage growth, including:

  • Working to ensure cooperative and coordinated planning implementation
    between counties and municipalities;
  • Capitalizing on links between communities;
  • Supporting mixed-use development and balanced growth;
  • Promoting infill development by diverting through-traffic to Illiana
  • Providing an alternate route for motorists traveling through the region on the heavily
    trafficked I-80/94 Borman/Kingery Expressway and serving as an alternate route
    for trucks around the congested metropolitan area highways;
  • Create a positive effect on freight and other interstate travel throughout the country,
    as the region is one of the busiest intermodal hubs; and
  • Promote Eco-Agri-tourism and business opportunities along the corridor.

Based on recent community feedback and meetings with the corridor planning group, IDOT and INDOT will present the latest alternatives, including refinements to minimize impacts, maintain local access, interchange types and locations, local road connectivity, overpass and underpass locations, environmental protection and planning opportunities.

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