The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission has set four hearings on the Illiana Expressway for November to precede two votes at the agency scheduled for December.
The hearings will take place as follows:
- Nov. 2: 10 a.m. to noon, John W. Anderson Library, Indiana University Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Gary
- Nov. 5: 6 to 8 p.m., Lowell Middle School, 19250 Cline Ave., Lowell
- Nov. 13: 4 to 6 p.m., NIRPC headquarters, 6100 Southport Road, Portage
- Nov. 19: 2 to 4 p.m., Michigan City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City
On Dec 3, the agency's Transportation Policy Committee will vote on amending its 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan to include the Illiana Expressway. On Dec. 12 the full NIRPC board will take a vote on the same issue.
The full board must approve including the Illiana Expressway in its 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan in order for the Indiana Department of Transportation to receive federal approval for its portion of the toll road.
The Illiana Expressway would run 47 miles from Interstate 65 just northeast of Lowell to Interstate 55, near Wilmington, Ill.