Numbers don't addup for Illiana Expressway

2013-11-17T00:00:00Z Numbers don't addup for Illiana Expressway nwitimes.com
November 17, 2013 12:00 am

It's sad that Indiana officials continue to deceive Hoosiers about the Illiana Toll Road.

In an Oct. 27 column, INDOT Deputy Commissioner Bob Alderman repeated the oft-heard claim of 28,000 long-term jobs created by the Illiana. Big number? No!

Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider conceded to Crain's Chicago Business the true number is around 940 permanent jobs.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's staff estimated toll revenue shortfall as much as $1.1 billion -- money the states will have to raise through taxes. For that amount the states could give 940 people each $35,000 every year for 30 years and still be ahead.

Alderman also continued the tired "reduce congestion" claim, but today's badly congested roads, including U.S. 30, U.S. 41 and many north county local roads will see no relief at all.

Kill this boondoggle now!

- William Hathaway, Lowell

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