Post-Tribune

Hearing to focus on economic impact of Illiana Expressway

- POST-TRIBUNE STAFF REPORT

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.

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