Board members invite public to join them for coffee and conversation
Bolingbrook, Romeoville representatives to update residents on county projects, answer their questions on Sept. 19
"There are several significant county projects either underway or in the planning stages, and we want to make sure our residents stay updated and have the opportunity to get their questions answered," said board member Beth Rice (D-Bolingbrook). "I have always believed an informed public is essential in order for democracy to work properly, and this is the purpose for our meeting."
"Public safety is one of the most important issues we address on the county board, whether its building a modern judicial facility or improving our roadways, and we want to take the time to listen to everyone's concerns and make sure we are effectively advocating on their behalf," said board member Don Moran (D-Romeoville), who sits on the board's capital improvements committee and public works committee. "This is an important time in our county's history, and I look forward to meeting with residents on September 19 to share more about all we are doing."
The interchange improvement work slated for Weber Road and I-55 is one of the biggest road projects the county has ever undertaken. The stretch of road is the county's busiest, and the $70 million reconstruction is one residents have been looking forward to for some time. The project extends from 119th to 135th Street and will increase Weber to six lanes in addition to creating a diverging diamond interchange at I-55 to improve traffic flow.
"Anyone commuting along Weber will tell you how terrible traffic has become at that interchange; it's literally gridlock for the 40,000 vehicles traveling through there each day," said board member Jackie Traynere (D-Bolingbrook). "The county has been working with IDOT to keep this project on track, and we will share an update on the project at our meeting with residents."
Board members will also talk about how they have worked closely with elected officials in Springfield and Washington to pass legislation that benefits Will County residents. One recent piece of legislation involved increasing the amount of electronic recycling manufacturers have to fund, saving consumers and local governments from bearing the cost.
"Every year, residents look to recycle more and more electronic devices, as TVs, computers and cell phones become obsolete," said Ken Harris (D-Bolingbrook). "This past year manufacturers stopped paying for such recycling upon reaching their goals and left residents and local governments to pick up the tab. Will County officials worked with state legislators to pass legislation that requires manufacturers to pay for 13 million more pounds of recycling over the next three years."
Residents can meet with District 3 and 4 board members on September 19 from 8 to 10am at Cali Girl Cakes, 681 W. Boughton Road in Bolingbrook.