Few people attended an open house on the Illiana Expressway at IU Northwest in Gary Saturday, but a bigger turnout is expected at the one tomorrow night at Lowell Middle School, with the proposed expressway set to go through south Lake County, connecting I-65 on the east with I-55 in Illinois to the west. Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has four open houses on the proposed tollway this month, including one in Porter County, at the NIRPC office in Portage, November 13th , and one in Michigan City, at Michigan City City Hall November 19th. Regional planners are expected to vote on the highway next month.
The official INDOT/IDOT website which holds all information regarding the study process and related documents can be accessed here:
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.
Illiana Expressway: NIRPC Action Schedule (click image for larger view) NIRPC Approval Schedule
Public Comment Open Houses: (Public Comment period commences October 14 and ends November 20)
November 2: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
John W. Anderson Library
Indiana University Northwest
3400 Broadway, Gary, IN
November 5: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lowell Middle School
19250 Cline Avenue, Lowell, IN
November 13: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6100 Southport Rd., Portage, IN 46368
November 19: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Michigan City, City Hall
100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City, IN
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.