Illinois DOT Secretary Alerts Lawmakers to April 1 Deadline for I-55 Managed Lanes Project

Chicago Tribune features an op-ed column in which Illinois Secretary of Transportation Randy Blankenhorn writes, “For reasons that remain unclear, the General Assembly has ignored the Illinois Department of Transportation’s I-55 managed lanes project, and the cost of doing nothing has the potential to harm the state’s ability to do business for years to come.” [Link modified.] Blankenhorn adds, “Despite the interest from the investment community and the mounting travel times felt by commuters, the Illinois General Assembly has refused to vote on a joint resolution for almost a year. . . . Without a vote by April 1, the project no longer is feasible for the private sector. Investors will walk away.”