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The Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) have announced that they have selected four finalists out of the six teams that responded to a Request for Qualification to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Indiana portion of the Illiana Corridor and I-65 added capacity projects.
Indiana anticipates issuing a final Request for Proposals this summer following federal environmental approval. Illinois and Indiana plan to begin construction on the Illiana in late spring/early summer of 2015.
The four teams selected are the following:
• Illiana East Mobility Partners
• Indiana Corridor Transportation Group
• Isolux Infrastructure Netherlands B.V. Limited
• WM Indiana - Illiana Partners, LLC
The Illiana Corridor is a proposed 47-mile access controlled highway facility that extends from I-55 in Illinois on the west to I-65 in Indiana on the east. The preferred corridor is located in Will County in Illinois and Lake County in Indiana. When built, the Illiana will reduce the strain of truck traffic on local roads, thereby improving safety, travel times, and accessibility to jobs.
Procurement of the Illinois portion is being handled separately by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). IDOT announced on Dec. 20 that five teams responded to its RFQ. IDOT and INDOT are working together to coordinate technical requirements, tolling policy, the federal environmental approval process, and construction schedules for the two-state project.