Saturday, July 7, 2012

Public Hearing on Illiana Expressway Corridors July 31, 2012, Peotone High School

The next public hearing in Illinois on the proposed Illiana Expressway willl be:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Peotone High School                      
605 West North Street                   
Peotone, IL 60468

A public hearing will be held in Indiana the next day:
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lowell Middle School
19250 Cline Ave.
Lowell, IN 46356

Here is the announcement of the public meetings from the Illiana Corridor website:

Tier 1 Public Hearing Announced

Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be Released for Public Comment
The Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation (IDOT and INDOT) are holding a public hearing.
The purpose of the hearing is to gain stakeholder input on the Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).The Tier 1 Draft EIS is a compilation of the stakeholder outreach and evaluation results of three proposed corridors (A3S2, B3, and B4) and the "no-build" alternative carried forward for further studies. The alignment of these corridors has been developed considering IDOT and INDOT environmental investigations, engineering studies, and public input.
After extensive data analysis and evaluation, the Tier 1 Draft EIS will be available for public review and comment on July 13, 2012 on this website, local libraries located within the study area and DOT offices. A complete listing of these locations can be found on this site beginning July 13. Comments on the Tier 1 Draft EIS will be accepted through August 29, 2012.
Throughout the process, IDOT and INDOT have placed a high priority on extensive public involvement as an important aspect to guide the study. Significant modifications were made throughout the study that resulted from public involvement and other findings. Following these hearings, public comment and other study findings will be considered to develop the recommended Preferred Alternative. All three current alternatives can be found on the home page of this website where a detailed, interactive map shows the corridor locations.

Map of the B3, A3S2, and B4 Alternatives: here.

The last public Illiana meeting was held in Wilmington after the study group originally recommended Corridor B3.  After input from public, the corridor team went back to studying the A3S2 and B4 alternatives.  Video from the last Illiana meeting: