Illiana step closer to Indiana group’s 2040 master plan
By Carole Carlson firstname.lastname@example.org November 19, 2013 12:10PM
A sign reads "No Illiana Toll Road" in front of a home on Lake Julia on 163rd Avenue in Crown Point, Ind. Wednesday June 6, 2012. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 19, 2013 12:37PM
PORTAGE, Ind. - A transportation policy committee of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission approved a recommendation Tuesday to include the proposed Illiana toll road and a widening of Interstate 65 in Lake County in the commission’s 2040 master plan.
The committee approved one of the necessary elements of the project an analysis of the congestion management factors of the proposed bi-state 47-mile expressway.
A transportation policy committee vote on all the ramifications of Illiana, based on a white paper report, is expected on Dec. 3. The full NIRPC commission will vote on Dec. 12. The project stops, however,
if any of these preliminary votes fail.
Some confusion ensued when the committee members voted 8-3 to pass the recommendation, with eight members abstaining.
Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor chided those who abstained. “Many of us are elected officials have to make difficult decisions... it is incumbent upon voting members to vote.”
Pettit agreed saying the project could stop. “It’s an important step, I want to make sure we’re doing it right.”