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Saturday, October 13, 2012
B3 and No Build Chosen for Illiana Expressway
The Illiana Expressway planners met this week in Peotone, identifying two options to continue forward:
Building the expressway designed to link Interstate 55 in Illinois with Interstate 65 in Indiana along a route running roughly from Wilmington to Peotone
Or, consider a no action.
The final Tier 1 Corridor Planning Group/Technical Task Force meeting was held Oct. 9, 2012 at the Will County Atrium.
According to the website, a formal announcement will be made in November or December of the preferred actions.
The presentation by the study committee calls Corridor B3 best for:
• Attracting cars and trucks to the Illiana
• Reducing E-W regional travel hours
• Reducing trucks on Study Area local roads
• Serving intermodal truck freight distribution
According to the presentation, B3 and no action are the suggested alternatives to be carried forward to the Tier 2 review.
The Illiana Study Team recommendation for the Preferred Alternative(s) will be reviewed for concurrence by environmental resource agencies. The Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement is expected to be released before the end of the year.