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Public Hearings Announced & Tier Two Draft EIS 45 day Public Review and Comment Period Kicks Off!

January 24, 2014 - The Illiana Corridor Study Tier Two Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is available for public review and comment.
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NEWS RELEASE: Tier Two Draft EIS 45 day Public Review and Comment Period Kicks Off!

Lowell, IN and Wilmington, IL – The Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation (IDOT and INDOT) will host public hearings for the Illiana Tier Two Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which is evaluating transportation improvements in Will County, Illinois and Lake County, Indiana.
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Governor Pence Praises "YES" Vote on Illiana Corridor Project

Thursday, December 12, 2013, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) approved the Illiana Corridor Project for its 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan.
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IFA/INDOT Releases Illiana Request For Qualifications for Illiana to Design, Build, Finance, Operate, and Maintain

The Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) and The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) issued a Request for Qualifications on Tuesday, Nov. 12,
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IDOT Issues Request for Qualifications for Illiana to Design, Build, Finance, Operate, and Maintain

The Illinois Department of Transportation IDOT issued a Request for Qualifications on Friday, Nov. 8,
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Illiana Receives Yes Vote from MPO Policy Committee

Today's vote by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's MPO Policy Committee approved the project as a priority in the GO TO 2040 Plan. The Illiana, along with the South Suburban Airport, are key parts...
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Preferred Alternative

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Following public hearings and the public comment period, IDOT, INDOT, and FHWA evaluated the comments received on the Tier Two DEIS, made modifications to the alternatives, performed additional technical analyses on updated versions of the alternatives presented in the Tier Two DEIS, and completed the Preferred Alternatives Technical Memorandum. This document, which can be found in the Information Center in the Tier Two Document Library describes the rationale for recommending Alternative 1 with Interchange Design Option 4 as the Preferred Alternative in the Tier Two Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

Any comments on the Preferred Alternative Memorandum received  by April 30, 2014 from the public will be considered in the preparation of the  FEIS. A more detailed discussion of the factors supporting the selection of Alternative 1 with Design Option 4 as the preferred alternative is presented in the Preferred Alternative Technical Memorandum, and will be further detailed in the Tier Two FEIS.

 

Tier Two DEIS Alternatives Map

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The Tier Two Draft EIS is a compilation of stakeholder outreach and comprehensive information about 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 potential effects on future traffic operations caused by proposed alternatives as well as the “no-build” alternative. The Tier Two Draft EIS Notice of Availability (NOA) was made available for public review and comment on January 24, 2014 on this website as well as local libraries in the study area and DOT offices. The NOA began the 45 day public review and comment period which ran through March 10, 2014.

 

Illiana Landowner Ombudsman Contact

Attorney Michael Hansen

Phone: 815-744-9500
Email: mikehansen@mikehansenlaw.com
www.mikehansenlaw.com

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This website has been created to facilitate public input and provide facts and updates about the project study, study process, and schedule. We invite you to explore this site and provide your comments and recommendations regarding the study through our Contact Us section.

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Who is conducting the study?

IDOT is managing the consulting contracts and overall study. INDOT is financially participating in the study and will provide leadership for the Indiana portion of the study area. IDOT and INDOT will act as joint lead agencies with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A consultant team lead by Parsons Brinckerhoff will conduct the Illiana Corridor Study for IDOT and INDOT.