Third round of meetings planned for Illiana Expressway

The Illinois and Indiana Departments of Transportation (IDOTand INDOT) will host its third round of public meetings on Feb. 22 and 23 to present the best performing corridor(s) to be carried forward for further studies and gain additional stakeholder input.

The Illiana study area is located in southern Will County and northern Kankakee County in Illinois and southern Lake County in Indiana. The study area is generally located between I-65 on the east, I-55 on the west, U.S. 30 on the north, and north Kankakee County on the south.

IDOT and INDOT, along with stakeholders, have identified the transportation needs for the Illiana study area, identified a range of alternatives, and evaluated a range of representative major corridors. The evaluation of the corridors has continued and have taken into consideration the hundreds of public comments received from a series of seven Corridor Planning Group meetings and two public information meetings. These meetings involved residents, businesses, elected officials, community representatives, environmental conservation groups, economic development councils, forest preserves districts, and interested stakeholders. The corridor(s) being carried forward for further evaluation represent the best blend of transportation performance, minimizing impacts to the built and natural environment, compatibility with local plans, and financial viability. For information about the Illiana Corridor Study, visit

The meetings will be an open house format and interested persons may attend anytime between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be a continuous PowerPoint presentation, and attendees will have the opportunity to view study exhibits and speak with IDOT, INDOT and study team representatives on a one-on-one basis. A question and answer forum will be held at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day.

The public meetings will be held at the following times and locations:

INDIANA Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Crown Point High School 1500 South Main Street Crown Point, Ind. 46307.

ILLINOIS Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Matteson Hotel and Conference Center (Holiday Inn) 500 Holiday Plaza Drive Matteson, Ill. 60443.