6100 Southport Road
Portage, IN 46368
Both the Departments of Transportation in Indiana and Illinois are actively working on a new limited highway facility from I-65 south of Crown Point, IN, to I-55 south of Joliet, IL. This facility dubbed the Illiana Expressway would connect the south Chicago Suburbs with NW Indiana along its proposed 47-mile route. The process behind the development of the expressway is complex, and this web page will serve as an information clearinghouse regarding important dates and documents relating to approvals and possible construction of the facility. Documents are both public and private in nature, and include all updated public comments. Please scroll down to the content you wish to view regarding the project. This will also include any public comment dates and forms you can submit online. Additional questions on the expressway project can be forwarded to Mitch Barloga at email@example.com.
The official INDOT/IDOT website which holds all information regarding the study process and related documents can be accessed here: http://www.illianacorridor.org/
The TIER TWO DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS) is now available for public review and comment. Please click the following link to access the EIS and for information regarding public comment: http://www.illianacorridor.org/tier_2/tier2_deis.aspx
Schedule of Actions & Public Comment
NIRPC has been asked by INDOT to amend our 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan to include the Illiana Expressway project and widening of I-65 from US 30 south to US 231. The following documents outline the planning process as well as any upcoming public comment dates.
November 2: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
John W. Anderson Library
Indiana University Northwest
3400 Broadway, Gary, IN (Campus MAP)
November 5: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lowell Middle School
19250 Cline Avenue, Lowell, IN (MAP)
November 13: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6100 Southport Rd., Portage, IN 46368 (MAP)
November 19: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Michigan City, City Hall
100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City, IN (MAP)
The comments received at these meetings will be compiled into a public comment summary report and responded to, along with other comments received during the 30-day comment period. The summary report will be made available to the public and distributed to NIRPC’s Transportation Policy Committee (TPC) and NIRPC’s Full Commission prior to TPC action on December 3, 2013 and the NIRPC Full Commission’s action on December 12, 2013.
Public Agency Documents (not found on official Illiana Corridor website)
NIRPC's formal public comment period on this project ended November 20, but interested individuals may contact their NIRPC representatives directly if they have comments on this project. NIRPC Commissioners are listed at http://nirpc.org/about/executive-board-full-commission.aspx.
On December 12, the NIRPC Commission will be considering amendments from INDOT to add the Illiana Expressway and I-65 expansion to the 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and NIRPC's 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan (CRP). The NIRPC Commission will also be considering the Air Quality Conformity Analysis which includes the Illiana Expressway and I-65 expansion. The documents can be found below.
Comments will be accepted until midnight November 20, 2013 in the following ways:
|Comments received June 15, 2007 - September 4, 2013||PDF | HTML|
|Comments received October 4-13, 2013||PDF | HTML|
|Comments received October 14-31, 2013||PDF | HTML|
|Comments received November 3-15, 2013||PDF | HTML|
|Comments received November 16-20, 2013||PDF | HTML|
|Comments received at NIRPC Policy Committee Meetings||PDF | HTML|
|Comments received at Public Comment Open Houses||PDF | HTML|
|Group 6a 6b 6c 6d 6e||PDF PDF PDF PDF PDF|