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Monday, October 10, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Indiana, Illinois continue work on Illiana Expressway plan fixes"

Updating a long list of earlier ILB posts on the controversial Illiana Expressway project, Andrew Steele of the NWI Times reports:

The Indiana and Illinois departments of transportation anticipate completing revisions to their Illiana Expressway plan this fall, hoping to overcome a federal court’s objections to their original effort.

A late April agreement between the two states aimed to keep the Illiana project alive, with Indiana hiring an engineer to correct flaws in the Illiana’s environmental impact statement.

In a Friday filing in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, an Illinois Department of Transportation engineer declared that “IDOT is working cooperatively with INDOT to perform the work necessary to address the issues decided by the Court.”

The declaration, by IDOT’s Region One engineer John Fortmann, stated that the agencies intend to submit a preliminary draft of a new environmental statement to the Federal Highway Administration this fall. * * *

Indiana has continued to support the project, but it was taken off Illinois’ agenda when Gov. Bruce Rauner put a freeze on such projects after taking office.

In Friday’s court filing, IDOT made clear its intention to protect the project against legal challenges, but won’t pursue it without “a determination that the project is financially viable.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 10, 2016 02:03 PM
Posted to Indiana Government