Impact fee will fix roads, many over 50 years old
“We are excited to improve safety on our roads,” said Will County Board Speaker Denise Winfrey (D-Joliet). “Our residents want and deserve improved shoulders and turn lanes, better traffic signals, and much needed road resurfacing.”
“Many of these roads were not designed to support our current population and the high level of use they currently receive,” said Public Works and Transportation Committee Chair Joe VanDuyne (D-Wilmington). “For example, River Road north of Wilmington was constructed around 1980 when our county population was close to 300,000. Our population is nearly 700,000 today and it will cost close to $25 million to rebuild the entire four mile stretch of that road. We absolutely need this revenue to keep our infrastructure in a good state of repair.”
Republicans were united in their opposition to the motor fuel tax citing widespread opposition voiced by their constituents.
“We will receive nearly $10 million in new revenue for road and bridge improvements from the state over the next six years,” said Judy Ogalla (R-Monee). “Isn’t that enough? How much do we need to tax?”
The money from the county motor fuel tax can only be used to fund road repairs and improvements.
“This user fee allows Will County to take local control over our infrastructure,” said Winfrey. “Our county is booming with business and new residents and our roads have to keep pace if we want to remain a great place to live, work, and recreate.”