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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Illiana Corridor whacked again in federal court"

On Oct. 10th, the ILB quoted aNWI Times story that began:

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.
But today Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business writes:
A federal judge has stuck another knife into the just barely alive proposed Illiana Corridor.

In a decision released Nov. 1, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Norgle used terms such as "invalid" and "no longer effective" to describe a Tier 2 environmental impact statement prepared on behalf of the project by the Illinois Department of Transportation and its Indiana counterpart.

IDOT had hoped to forestall a ruling. But Norgle held the EIS no longer is valid because of prior court action, so there is no controversy to consider. * * *

The ruling means IDOT and the Indiana agency "must start over their environmental reviews from the beginning based on much more realistic data and do it right without impermissible shortcuts," he said. That will take time and money, and if done right, "would very likely show that the proposed costly Illiana toll way is not economically justified and is not environmentally sensible."

The Crain's story includes the 4-page order in Openlands v. USDOT.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 3, 2016 05:03 PM
Posted to Indiana Government