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

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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.

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  • 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..

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