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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Illinois Gov. Rauner in driver's seat on Illiana Expressway" [Updated]

Updating this ILB tweet from Jan. 13th:

Indiana Law Blog ‏@indianalawblog Jan 13
@nwi This is big! New Illinois Gov. Rauner's order puts planned Illiana Expressway on hold: http://bit.ly/1KHeNH3
the Illiana Expressway, which had looked to be a done deal, is now in limbo.

From Keith Benman's Jan. 15th NWI Times story:

The Indiana Department of Transportation is taking a wait and see approach on the Illiana Expressway, as new Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner mulls whether to proceed with the 50-mile toll road.

"We are waiting to see what our friends in Illinois have to say on the Illiana, and you will know when we know," INDOT Deputy Commissioner for Northwest Indiana Rick Powers told a Thursday meeting of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

In his first act after taking office Monday, Rauner suspended planning and development of major interstate highway construction projects pending a "careful review" of costs and benefits. That order included the Illiana Expressway, which received final federal approval last month.

Many earlier ILB posts, dating back as far as 2007, on this controversial project.

[Updated 1/19/15] See also this long, excellent 1/15/15 story by Carrie Napoleon and Susan Lafferty of the Gary Post-Tribune.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 18, 2015 01:25 PM
Posted to Indiana Government