IBJNews

State may pay up to $110M in upfront Illiana Expressway costs

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

A document from Indiana transportation officials says the state may pay upfront costs of as much as $110 million for construction of the proposed Illiana Expressway that would link northwestern Indiana and Chicago's south suburbs.

The Indiana Department of Transportation provided the document at the request of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. That panel must decide in upcoming votes if there's enough money available to pay for the expressway.

The Times of Munster reports that the document also states that Indiana may pay up to $70 million to investors shortly after the proposed highway is completed.

The 12-mile Indiana portion of the 47-mile Illiana Expressway has an estimated $300 million cost. The documents states that INDOT is confident some of that cost can be raised from private investors.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Competitive Bidding
    If we are going to foot the bill then this needs to be open bidding without the Davis-Bacon act requirements to non-union companies. Lets use some reason and cost accountability and not pump up the coffers of organized crime and democrats.
  • ROADS ROADS ROADS
    Indiana, the land of wide roads and narrow minds...
  • A message from a young Hooiser
    I can't wait to pick up the tab on this!
  • That struck me, as well!
    $300 million to empower a third party to tax drivers with a private road... But not one penny more for mass transit! God forbid any portion of the solution not involve every person clambering, alone, into a 6,000 lb SUV and getting 9 MPG all the way to work in stop and go traffic.
  • $$
    $300M for 12 miles...but god forbid we spend any money on mass-transit...
    • Toll toll toll
      And another toll road to tax Hoosiers who already pay gas taxes and registration fees and...and...and..

    Post a comment to this story

    COMMENTS POLICY
    We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
     
    You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
     
    Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
     
    No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
     
    We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
     

    Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

    Sponsored by
    ADVERTISEMENT

    facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

    Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
    Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
     
    Subscribe to IBJ
    1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

    2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

    3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

    4. Send them back NOW.

    5. deport now

    ADVERTISEMENT