INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Six groups that include investors, engineering firms and
contractors have shown interest in designing, building and financing the
Indiana portion of the Illiana Expressway.
The highway would connect Interstate 65 near Lowell with Interstate 55 south
Indiana Public Finance Director Kendra York says the state will review the
teamsí qualifications and announce a short list of finalists that will be
invited to submit final proposals. The Illinois Department of Transportation
announced last month that it would review the qualifications of five teams.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn both support the
project, saying it would promote economic development.
Critics maintain the $1.3 billion road will have minimal impact on economic
development, is too costly and will divert funds from other needed road
The highway still needs federal approval.