Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:16 PM
MERRILLVILLE – You know the
saying that if it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all.
I suspect Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and the Gary/Chicago
International Airport Authority have that feeling right about now.
because it was announced last week that completion of a $166-million
expansion project was being delayed – again. Rather than being ready at
the end of this year, it now is estimated that the project, largely
runway expansion, won’t be completed until September 2014 at the
Despite the delay, the Airport Authority will
proceed with plans to attract a private investor willing to put up at
least $100 million as part of a private/public partnership. The
expansion project involves railroad relocation and remediation of
polluted soil and groundwater to allow for runway expansion.
irony is that the very thing that led to Northwest Indiana becoming an
industrial giant is now blocking the area’s future. The land around the
airport is among the most polluted in the country. And that obviously
didn’t happen overnight.