MUNSTER, Ind. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a reorganization plan for the private operator of the Indiana Toll Road that should expedite the sale of the lease for the 157-mile highway.

The (Munster) Times reports (http://bit.ly/1vbhd5Z ) U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Pamela Hollis in Chicago on Tuesday approved the plan that would put the 75-year lease out to bid.

Toll road operator ITR Concession Co. declared bankruptcy on more than $6 billion in debt on Sept. 21. The Chicago-based company is a subsidiary of an Australian-Spanish consortium that won the right to operate and collect tolls on the highway. ITR has received court approval for a pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which had the support of more than 98 percent of its senior secured lenders.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com