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New projections by INDOT state the earliest construction of the Illiana Expressway may begin now is late summer to early fall of 2015.
This all comes from a delay caused by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s concerns for certain endangered species as well as the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie which lay in the path of the proposed expressway. Because of these concerns the U.S. Fish and Wildlife has conducted consultations and has told the state it will deliver its opinion on the issue by the end of June.
Once this opinion has been issued, the federal record of decision can then proceed which will give the ultimate green light on the Illiana Expressway project.
In the meantime, while the delay continues awaiting the record of decision, INDOT will likely start acquiring some of the high-priority properties that will eventually be needed for the expressway.
If you think you may be affected by the Illiana Expressway Project and/or are interested in a free consultation, contact our eminent domain landowner attorneys at 1-888-318-3761 or visit us on the web at www.landownerattorneys.com.
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