PEOTONE – Transportation officials in Illinois have proposed that the planned Illiana Expressway be a tollway.
The SouthtownStar reports (http://bit.ly/11LOOEs) that the Illinois Department of Transportation unveiled a revised plan for the expressway on Tuesday during a public hearing in Peotone. The 47-mile route will go from Interstate 55 in Wilmington to Interstate 65 in Indiana.
The new proposal also includes two more interchanges, bringing the total to eight in Illinois and three in Indiana.
Another hearing is planned for October. Then IDOT will create a draft environmental impact statement before getting more feedback and writing a final plan for the tollway. Land acquisition and construction could start in 2015. Construction is expected to take three years, with the tollway opening by 2018.