Friday, August 3, 2012

Manhattan to Weigh in on Illiana Expressway

By Mary Baskerville
Carriage Stone Communications

MANHATTAN--The Manhattan Village Board is expected to vote on a resolution calling for construction of the Illiana Expressway during its regular village board meeting slated for 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 7.

The draft resolution calls for construction of the B3 alternative, the more southerly of the two routes identified by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The draft resolution reports that truck traffic in the region is projected to increase by more than 200 percent by 2040.

The draft resolution says the more northerly A3S2 corridor “travels adjacent to the Village of Manhattan Town Center which would severely disrupt the commercial and compact residential development potential around our Metra Station.”
Map from the Illiana Corridor Draft Environmental Impact Statement showing the route of the preliminarily recommended A3S2 corridor through Manhattan Township

The draft resolution asks for interchanges to be added at Gougar and Cedar Roads.

The resolution concludes: “Now therefore be it resolved, that the Village of Manhattan supports the B-3 route and recommends for all of the above reasons, CMAP needs to add B3 to their 2040 Plan and that the Region should focus on the B3 route for construction of the Illiana Expressway.
The Village Board meeting will be held at the Manhattan Junior High School, 15606 West Smith Road, Manhattan. 

Mayor Bill Borgo discussed this upcoming vote at the Public Hearing on the Illiana Expressway held July 31, 2012 at Peotone High School:

More from the Illiana Meeting in Peotone