A key Chicago-area planning agency on Thursday agreed to keep the Illiana Tollway as part of the region’s long-range transportation plan despite strong opposition that it would be an overly costly “road to nowhere.”
As it did last year, the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Policy Committee rejected opponents’ arguments and voted to keep the tollway in the updated Go To 2040 plan, which outlines about $360 billion in land use and transportation spending between now and 2040 in northeast Illinois.
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In a major victory for Gov. Pat Quinn, a key regional planning committee has approved his controversial proposal for a new $1.3 billion toll road that would serve primarily as a trucking corridor linking interstates in Illinois and Indiana.
The Illiana Corridor got the green light Thursday from the Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Committee, which by federal law must sign off on major transportation projects.
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Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider shot back at a regional planning group’s staff report challenging plans for the Illiana Tollway.
As expected, staff for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency on Planning released a detailed report Sept. 26 saying the proposed 50-mile-long road planned from Interstate 55 near Wilmington to Interstate 65 in Indiana should not be included in federal transportation funding.
Staff said the project does not fit in to the region’s long-term transportation plan and disagrees with cost estimates, as well as employment and economic development forecasts.
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State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr. (D-Elwood) will join with other south suburban legislators who support the construction of the Illiana Expressway at a press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 to protest the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s (CMAP) recent analysis that raises points of opposition to the planning and construction of the Illiana Expressway.
“The most recent analysis conducted by CMAP appears to be aimed at holding up a project, due to the fact that in order to be eligible for federal grants that the project is depending on, we need to get CMAP back on board with the original proposal they agreed on,” Walsh said.
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