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Indiana stalls Illiana Expressway prep as Rauner mulls project’s future

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that it will cease any work on the Illiana Expressway until Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner concludes his review of the project.

As part of Rauner’s day-one spending freeze, he suspended funding for all future projects pending individual reviews. In addition, Rauner appointed Randy Blankenhorn, a vocal opponent to the Illiana Expressway, as head of the Illinois Department of Transportation.

These moves have made the future of the 40-mile expressway uncertain, despite growing congestion on local roads throughout the Illiana Corridor.

“With the rapid growth of the freight industry in the region, smaller roads have become dangerously congested and are not able to support continued growth,” said Local 150 President-Business Manager James M. Sweeney.

“If we are going to build the regional economy, we have to plan for the future, and a crucial part of that is investing in infrastructure. If companies cannot move their goods efficiently, they will find somewhere else to locate. We are confident that the Governor’s review will bring him to the same conclusion.”



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