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.

    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.

    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.

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