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Updated: March 12, 2014 6:15AM



Two public hearings are scheduled next week on the proposed Illiana Corridor’s latest environmental impact statement — one in Lowell, Ind., and another in Wilmington.

The first public hearing is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18, at Lowell Middle School, 19250 Cline Ave., in Lowell. Another public hearing is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at Local 150 training facilities, 19800 W. Arsenal Road, in Wilmington.

The hearings are an open-house format, with continuous presentations. A public forum will be at 6 p.m. when participants can make a two-minute statement to a court reporter and the public. Public comments will be accepted by the Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation until March 10.

A copy of the EIS is available online at www.IllianaCorridor.org and at public libraries in Crete, Beecher, University Park, Manhattan-Elwood, Peotone and Wilmington.

According to the Tier Two Draft Environmental Impact Statement, the preferred 501/2-mile corridor alignment would result in the relocation of 42 residences, 29 farmsteads and five businesses, most of which are in Illinois. It calls for 11 new interchanges and would close 15 existing roads. It would also impact 111 acres of wetlands. No historical structures are directly impacted, but the study noted that several potential sites in Illinois would require further study for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

The EIS includes information on the project’s purpose and need, proposed plans and alternatives, and potential effects on environmental resources such as wetlands, wildlife, cultural resources and noise, as well as the potential effects on future traffic operations caused by the proposed alternatives as well as the “no-build” alternative.



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