Hearing to focus on economic impact of Illiana Expressway
The Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Department of Transportation will accept public comments about the economic impact of the proposed Illiana Expressway at a Feb. 20 meeting in Crown Point.
The public hearing will start at 4 p.m. at the Crown Point Civic Center, 101 S. East St.
The Indiana Finance Authority received an Economic Impact Study ( www.in.gov/ifa/2763.htm) designed to analyze the economic impact on existing commercial and industrial development, potential impacts on employment, potential future development in the area, potential fiscal impact to local governments, and potential demands on public services.
Those wishing to comment can speak from a podium at the hearing or fill out forms at the meeting. Written comments also can be submitted online by clicking on “Contact us” at www.in.gov/ifa/2423.htm between Feb. 10-19. The Indiana section of the proposed road will be an 11.7-mile, four-lane median-divided tollway between Interstate 65 and the Illinois state line. Interchanges will be constructed at U.S. 41, Indiana 55 and Interstate 65, with overpasses at White Oak Avenue, Parrish Avenue, Morse Street, Mount Street, Holtz Road, Broadway and Mississippi Street.
A previous study said using tolls was the only viable method to build the road, estimated to cost $15 billion for the 47-mile road connecting Interstates 55 and 65.