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June 25, 2011
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IDOT and INDOT Initiate the Illiana Corridor Study

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) are initiating the Illiana Corridor Study, following the federal National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) process. The NEPA process will be approached in two parts, or Tiers, with extensive stakeholder involvement throughout. Tier One will involve the identification of transportation needs, the development and evaluation of alternatives for all modes, and the selection of a preferred alternative (or corridor) at a conceptual level of detail. The results of Tier One will set the stage for more in depth discussions and analysis in Tier Two, which will involve more detailed engineering and environmental studies for the preferred Tier One alternative. Many potential alternatives will be considered in the study as well as a "no build" alternative, and the study will strive to identify an alternative that provides the best balance of serving transportation needs, avoiding or minimizing environmental impacts, and incorporating community input and values.