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February 23, 2012
For Immediate Release

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Corridor Recommended for Further Evaluation

In September 2011, the study team conducted a Corridor Planning Group (CPG)/Technical Task Force (TTF) alternatives workshop that resulted in over 80 corridor concepts representing a number of modes. The study team also held public meetings in December 2011 to gather additional input on the Purpose and Need statement, the range of alternatives, any additional suggested alternatives, and to present the initial findings on the corridors identified to date. Additionally, the study team held one-on-one meetings with over 30 community and agency stakeholders in Illinois and Indiana throughout January and February 2012. The study team catalogued and analyzed all alternatives received, and for routes of similar transportation function consolidated them in order to minimize environmental impacts.

Eight major corridors for a new limited access facility on a new alignment and two arterial corridors have been identified which establish the range of alternatives. Based on the alternatives analysis, the B3 corridor represents the best blend of improved transportation performance, minimizing built and natural environmental impacts, and compatibility with community master plans. It was also found to be the most financially viable alternative.

A significant milestone has been reached in the Illiana Corridor Study. Through a rigorous evaluation process, a recommended corridor and a no-build alternative are being advanced for further evaluation.

The next step in the evaluation process is to conduct a Tier 1 environmental impact analysis of the B3 corridor alternative and further refine the definition of the corridor.

IDOT and INDOT maintain a firm commitment to public involvement and continue to seek your input throughout the study. Your input offers us very good information to understand the corridor needs and appropriate solutions. Thank you for yourparticipating in this process.

View Newsletter #3 Here

View Preliminary Recommendation Here