Indiana Commission OKs Proposed Illiana Expressway

Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission voted Thursday in favor of the 47-mile-long tollway

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    The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is weighing the pros and cons of a proposed, 3 billion dollar expansion

    A northwest Indiana planning board has voted in favor of a proposed Illiana Expressway that would connect Interstate 65 near Lowell with Interstate 55 south of Chicago.

    The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission voted Thursday in favor of the 47-mile-long tollway. That move clears the way for the proposal to be submitted for final federal approvals. The plan previously had been approved by a similar Illinois board.

    Planning Agency Passes Proposal for Illiana Expressway

    [CHI] Planning Agency Passes Proposal for Illiana Expressway
    Plans for the proposed $1.3 billion expressway being pushed by the governors of Illinois and Indiana was passed Thursday by a planning agency that has criticized the project as an expensive boondoggle.

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn both support the project, saying it would promote economic development. Critics maintain the $1.3 billion road would have minimal impact on economic development and is too costly.

    Officials say if the project gets the needed federal approvals, work could begin as early as 2015.