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Governor Pence Praises Illiana Vote

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence is praising Thursday's vote by Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission approving the Illiana Corridor Project for its 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan.  The pivotal vote moves the project forward for federal dollars.  As proposed, the 47-mile tollway would link Interstate 65 near Lowell to Interstate 55 in Illinois. It still needs federal approval, and if granted, officials say construction could begin as soon as 2015 with the highway open possibly by 2018.
Pence issued the following statement:
"I believe roads mean jobs, and today's vote on the Illiana Corridor Project brings us one step closer to more jobs for northwestern Indiana. I am grateful to the members of the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission for their vote in favor of this important project, which will bring jobs and economic growth to northwestern Indiana and throughout the state.
“The innovative funding for this project will bring new investment dollars into the state transportation system and allow the Indiana Department of Transportation to make further infrastructure investments that will benefit the region for generations to come.”
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