New tollway shows why NWI remains a backwater

2013-12-24T00:00:00Z New tollway shows why NWI remains a backwater
December 24, 2013 12:00 am

The Illiana tollway ensures Northwest Indiana will remain an economic backwater for the remainder of this century.

Examine the area south of Chicago along the Interstate 55 corridor to Joliet, then east to I-57. You will find several hundred million square feet of distribution/manufacturing/office facilities, including a new world-class intermodal terminal at Elwood, Ill.

The critical link connecting I-57 and I-294 is near completion. Meanwhile, we have been unable to replace a vital link to Chicago (the Cline Avenue extension).

Note the vacant parcel of land to the south and east of Joliet — the old Joliet Arsenal. The size of this property located precisely in the middle of this infrastructure and owned by a willing seller/developer — the federal government — makes it the perfect location for the premiere airport facility in the world.

Sadly, our tax dollars will be used to create long-term jobs and tax revenue for Illinois.

- Roger Yates, St. John

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