PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A key regional planning group has given its OK to the
proposed Illiana Expressway linking northwestern Indiana and Chicago's
The Times and the Post-Tribune of Lake County report the transportation
policy committee of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
voted 18-8 with one abstention Tuesday to add the proposed $1.3 billion,
47-mile toll road to its master plan.
The committee action set the stage for a Dec. 12 vote by the NIRPC board
on including the expressway in the transportation plan. A board rejection
would halt the project.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn are backing the
project to promote economic development. The road would connect Interstate
65 near Lowell, about 20 miles south of Gary, and I-55 in Will County,