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October 18, 2012
For Immediate Release

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Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) signed into law on July 6, 2012

There is a new provision in federal law that allows the Illiana Corridor project to advance more quickly. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was signed into law on July 6, 2012.

MAP-21 reauthorized funding for surface transportation programs, including the federal-aid highway program. It contains provisions to accelerate the delivery of transportation projects. Section 1319(b) of MAP-21 provides that the lead agency shall, to the maximum extent practicable, combine the Final EIS and Record of Decision (ROD) unless (1) the Final EIS makes substantial changes to the proposed action that are relevant to environmental or safety concerns; or (2) there are significant new circumstances or information relevant to environmental concerns and that bear on the proposed action or the impacts of the proposed action.

The FHWA, Illinois DOT, and Indiana DOT intend to implement this MAP-21 provision for the Illiana Corridor project and issue a Final EIS and ROD concurrently. Although not required by MAP-21, the FHWA, Illinois DOT, and Indiana DOT.  The Final EIS and ROD will be signed no sooner than 30 days after the release of the Preferred Corridor Report which took place on October 13, 2012.

The Illiana Corridor Stakeholder Involvement Plan has been updated to reflect the implementation of the MAP-21 provision and is available for review on the project's website or Click here to view the Stakeholder Involvement Plan.

The Final EIS and ROD will conclude the Tier 1 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. If a build corridor is selected, the Final EIS and ROD will provide the approval to proceed with Tier Two studies on the selected build corridor and the No-Action alternative.