The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning has struck a blow to the effort to build a major toll road in Indiana and Illinois. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the organization voted against including the Illiana Expressway proposal in its comprehensive regional plan. Despite the down vote by CMAP, the issue is not dead. A critical gathering of the Illinois city's Metropolitan Planning Organization is set for October 17.
The Times reports a favorable vote that night would allow Illiana Expressway officials to apply for federal funding. If voted down, it could effectively kill the plan for the time being.
In Indiana, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission's full board is set to decide in December if the proposal will be included in its 2040 comprehensive plan.
Source: The Times of Northwest Indiana
October 9, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. – On October 9, the CMAP Board voted 10 to 4 to support the staff recommendation that the proposed Illiana Corridor not be added as an amendment to the GO TO 2040 plan's list of fiscally constrained major capital projects. The MPO Policy Committee will meet at 3:00 p.m. on October 17 to make the final determination.
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Source: The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning