Trillion Dollar Highway Plans
= Multiple Bypass Surgery
a state by state list
High Priority Corridors
specified by Congress in 1991, 1995, 1998, 2005, 2012
NAFTA Superhighways
Corridors of the Future
J. Edgar Hoover Parkway: transportation surveillance,
mileage taxes, RFID & video tolling
Paving Appalachia:
Corridor A to X in AL, GA, MD, MS, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
Alabama Nebraska
Alaska Nevada
Arizona New Hampshire
Arkansas New Jersey
California New Mexico
Colorado New York
Connecticut North Carolina
Delaware North Dakota
Florida Ohio
Georgia Oklahoma
Hawai'i Oregon
Idaho Pennsylvania
Illinois Rhode Island
Indiana South Carolina
Iowa South Dakota
Kansas Tennessee
Kentucky Texas
Louisiana Utah
Maine Vermont
Maryland Virginia
Massachusetts Washington
Michigan Washington, D.C.
Minnesota West Virginia
Mississippi Wisconsin
Missouri Wyoming

High Priority Corridor 3: East - West Transamerica Corridor
I-66, US 460, Kentucky 80, US 400, US 54, I-40

East-West Transamerica Corridor commencing on the Atlantic Coast in the Hampton Roads area going westward across Virginia to the vicinity of Lynchburg, Virginia, continuing west to serve Roanoke and then to a West Virginia corridor centered around Beckley to Welch as part of the Coalfields Expressway described in section 1069(v), then to Williamson sharing a common corridor with the I-73/74 Corridor (referred to in item 12 of the table contained in subsection (f)), then to a Kentucky Corridor centered on the cities of Pikeville, Jenkins, Hazard, London, Somerset; then generally following the Louie B. Nunn Parkway corridor [I-66] from Somerset to Columbia, to I-65; then to Bowling Green, Hopkinsville, Benton, and Paducah, into Illinois, and into Missouri and exiting western Missouri and moving westward across southern Kansas.
Citizens for Southernmost Illinois
"The Citizens for Southernmost Illinois have serious concerns with the purpose, planning and development of I-66. The negative impacts simply outweigh any questionable benefits for the people who live and recreate here. We can't afford to gamble away our remaining economic and natural resources. CSI is dedicated to promoting and protecting our rural lifestyle and the rich natural environment that is part of our home and livelihood."


High Priority Corridor 18: NAFTA Superhighway
I-69, I-94, I-530, Routes 59, 77, 281, 82, 61, 51, Purchase Parkway, I-164, Indiana 37

Corridor from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, through Port Huron, Michigan, southwesterly along Interstate Route 69 through Indianapolis, Indiana, through Evansville, Indiana, Memphis, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Shreveport / Bossier Louisiana, to Houston, Texas, and to the Lower Rio Grande Valley at the border between the United States and Mexico, as follows: [I-69]

  1. In Michigan, the corridor shall be from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, southwesterly along Interstate Route 94 to the Ambassador Bridge interchange in Detroit, Michigan.
  2. In Michigan and Illinois, the corridor shall be from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, through Detroit, Michigan, westerly along Interstate Route 94 to Chicago, Illinois.
  3. In Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, the Corridor shall--
    1. follow the alignment generally identified in the Corridor 18 Special Issues Study Final Report; and
    2. include a connection between the Corridor east of Wilmar, Arkansas, and west of Monticello, Arkansas, to Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  4. In the Lower Rio Grande Valley, the Corridor shall-
    1. include United States Route 77 from the Rio Grande River to Interstate Route 37 at Corpus Christi, Texas, and then to Victoria, Texas, via United States Route 77; [I-69 East]
    2. include United States Route 281 from the Rio Grande River to Interstate Route 37 and then to Victoria, Texas, via United States Route 59; [I-69 Central] and
    3. include the Corpus Christi North-side Highway and Rail Corridor from the existing intersection of United States Route 77 and Interstate Route 37 to United States Route 181, including FM511 from United States Route 77 to the Port of Brownsville.
  5. In Kentucky, the corridor shall utilize the existing Purchase Parkway from the Tennessee State line to Interstate 24.


Crosstown Expressway - I-494 (stopped)

Chicago Outer Beltway

I-355 extension from I-88 to I-80 (lawsuit overturned EIS in 1997, new EIS prepared and then approved in 2002, built). I-355 from I-80 to I-57 not yet built. If the Peotone Airport proposal is ever built there would be much more pressure for this final extension.

Illiana Corridor - an Outer Outer Beltway segment for Chicago

map of three options for Illiana Corridor between I-65 in Indiana to I-55 in Illinois, from Environmental Impact Statement

official site:


Illiana Corridor would pass near the proposed site for Peotone Airport south of Chicago near I-57. It probably will not be built but if it is the Illiana highway would be a major part of the project. Higher fuel prices and rising airplane ticket costs are leading to consolidation and contraction of the aviation industry.

Chicago O'Hare recently expanded operations into a nearby community, including disinterment of a cemetery.


from: Smart Choices, Less Traffic: The 50 Best and Worst Transportation Projects In the United States, Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign, November 2012

The vision for the Illiana Corridor dates back to a 1909 Plan of Chicago that included an outer encircling highway serving northeastern Illinois and northwest Indiana. The Illianna Expressway is a proposed public/private four-lane toll road from Interstate 55 in Illinois to Interstate 65 in Indiana. This project would encourage sprawl development across the rural area, including development of a major "third airport" for the Chicago region in a rural area as well as shifting of freight from rail to truck. The project runs along the southern border of the 20,000-acre Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. The negative impacts of this project on this natural area are unknown, but additional air and water pollution from the roadway and the sprawl footprint are likely. The official EIS study began in April of 2011 and the project is not currently funded.

Prairie Parkway - a 35-mile expressway connecting I-88 and I-80

update: 2012
the approval has been withdrawn
Citizens Against the Sprawlway - City of Yorkville wants the highway - official website
Rep. Hastert finds rural home, away from traffic and sprawl,1,3857840.story?coll=chi-news-hed
Speaker Hastert defends profits from land deals
Associated Press Writer
Published June 15, 2006, 4:28 PM CDT
WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Dennis Hastert denied Thursday that he pushed for federal funding for a proposed highway in northeastern Illinois so he and his wife could reap about $1.8 million from land deals near their home in Kendall County.
The Sunlight Foundation, a newly created group whose declared aim is to inform the public about what members of Congress do, has accused Hastert of not divulging connections between the $207 million earmark he won for the highway and an investment he and his wife made in nearby land.


Route 158 - Gateway Connector, an eastern Outer Beltway segment for St. Louis - Illinois Citizens for Smart Growth - 9 reasons Route 158 is not needed - Illinois DOT site with map of proposed route