State officials, seeking constructive input from local representatives on the proposed Illiana Expressway, got the exact opposite.

“We oppose any road closures in south Lake County. Your proposal will endanger the safety of the citizens, police, fire, ambulance, highway department and school buses and put a tremendous burden on remaining north-south roads,” Lake County Commissioner Gerry Scheub, D-Crown Point told The Times of Northwest Indiana.

“I can’t see any benefit to Indiana,” State Rep. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell told the Times.

The 60-mile highway would run from Interstate 65, just south of 153rd Avenue, west between Lowell and Cedar Lake in what is currently a 2,000-foot-wide corridor that will narrow to 400 feet this fall when a decision is made on whether to build or abandon the highway.

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