Residents invited to Illiana meeting in Wilmington
Proposed 47-mile tollway would link I-65 in Indiana with I-55 near Wilmington
The Illiana was first conceived by famed architect Daniel Burnham more than a century ago. The 47-mile route would link I-65 in Indiana near Lowell with I-55 in Illinois near Wilmington. Congestion on highways in Will County such as I-80, I-55, I-80/94 and I-57 and increased truck traffic wearing down local roadways has led officials to seek alternatives such as the Illiana. Specifically, I-80 has been cited as the choke point of the nation, impeding the transport of goods from shore to shore.
Last August, Will County appointed Michael Hansen to serve as ombudsman for the project and to represent the interests of property owners affected by the proposed Illiana in dealings with the Illinois Department of Transportation. The ombudsman's job is to facilitate clear communication between the state and local residents. Since his appointment, Hansen has been attending informational meetings like the one planned in Wilmington. Those landowners in the Illiana's path unable to attend next week's meeting can contact Hansen at 815-744-9500, or firstname.lastname@example.org.