“The I-80 corridor through Will County is one of the busiest stretches of interstate in the country,” said Will County Board Speaker Jim Moustis (R-Frankfort). “With the largest inland port in the US, it is paramount that our county seeks every available dollar to improve the safety and flow of traffic on I-80.”
“This project is really about safety and mobility for our residents,” said County Board Member Don Moran (D-Romeoville). “Rebuilding this interchange will help improve the quality of life for many of our residents.”
There were 46 applications submitted to IDOT requesting nearly $600 million. Only $241 million in Federal dollars were awarded.
“The county’s foresight in putting together a freight mobility plan was crucial to our winning this competitive bid,” said County Board Member Ray Tuminello (R-New Lenox). “The Will County Board looks at every possible avenue for funding the needed improvements on I-80. As more funding sources become available we will be sure to fight for Will County’s share.”
The county commissioned a study completed in 2017 which looked at the need for improving infrastructure to increase safety and quality of life for residents as well as account for the growth of shipping traffic. The findings of the study provided evidence during the application process.