Information Center

News & Events

March 29, 2013
For Immediate Release

View All Archived News & Events

Tier Two Public Meeting #1 Announced

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) completed the first tier of the Illiana Corridor study project in January 2013 with approval of the Record of Decision (ROD), advancing one corridor and a no-action alternative into the second tier of the project.

The recommended corridor, "B3," extends from I-55 near Wilmington, Illinois 46.8 miles east to I-65 near Cedar Lake, Indiana, and was identified as the preferred corridor alternative during the first tier of the planning process.

IDOT and INDOT will host the first round of open house public meetings for the Tier Two Illiana Corridor study. The focus will shift from the original broad 952 square-mile study area to the communities, landowners, and access needs along the preferred corridor. The purpose of these meetings is to explain the Tier Two process which includes: the refinement of the preferred corridor, interchange locations and layout, determining overpass and underpass opportunities, environmental analysis, and continued stakeholder outreach. IDOT and INDOT will consider stakeholder input as the detailed planning process moves forward.

The kickoff of the second tier of the project represents an important milestone for the Illiana Corridor. The expressway will reduce the strain of truck traffic on local roads, improve safety, cut commuting times, reduce congestion, and improve accessibility to jobs. Environmentally, it will help to reduce the number of travel hours and fuel wasted as a result of cars and trucks caught in congestion. IDOT and INDOT estimate the project will create or retain more than 9,000 construction jobs immediately, and more than 25,000 long-term jobs.

The public hearings will be held at the following times and locations:

ILLINOIS                                         INDIANA
Tuesday, April 16, 2013                  Thursday, April 18, 2013
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.                               5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Peotone High School                       Lowell Middle School 
605 West North Street                    19250 Cline Ave. 
Peotone, IL 60468                           Lowell, IN 46356

The meetings will be an open house format, and interested persons may attend anytime between 5:00 and 8:00 p.m. There will be a continuous PowerPoint presentation, and attendees will have the opportunity to view study exhibits and speak with IDOT, INDOT and study team representatives on a one-on-one basis. A question and answer forum will be held at 6:00 p.m. each day.