"Today, I am here to support the Houbolt Bridge project and to urge fast action from the legislature to get this project underway," Freitag said during testimony before the Illinois House Committee on Intermodal Infrastructure. "Big trucks are wearing down our local roads at an alarming pace. The local road infrastructure was not designed to accommodate the volume of intermodal truck traffic that we now experience."
Freitag said large trucks also pose a safety concern because the distance it takes them to stop is much greater than a car. "Semi-trailer trucks are also harder for motorists to see around when passing and add to the area's overall congestion."
Freitag said the answer to these problems is to find alternate access to the county's intermodal facilities and increase vehicular capacity on Interstate 55 and 80. "Connecting Interstate 80 directly from the Houbolt Road interchange south to the intermodal facilities would take enormous pressure off of the local roadway system, especially 53. We simply must build this bridge."
Freitag said she is encouraged by the prospects for continued economic growth in Will County and Illinois because of the county's expanding role as a major transportation and shipping center. But she urged legislators to act soon on the Houbolt Road bridge, designed to be built through a public-private partnership, to provide much-needed relief on the wear and tear of local roads.
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