JOLIET – The state will detail proposed Interstate 80 improvements at a Jan. 31 public meeting in Joliet.
The meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at Joliet Junior College.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will host the meeting on proposed improvements for I-80 from Ridge Road in Minooka to U.S. 30 in New Lenox.
Project team members will discuss the plans, which also will include exhibits and an audiovisual presentation.
IDOT is looking at near-term repairs and long-term improvements along the 16-mile stretch of I-80.
In the long-term, the state is looking at three lanes in each direction, new interchanges and even bridge replacements. But the entire project has been estimated at more than
The state does not have the money to complete all the improvements planned for I-80, Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said last week while at a local community meeting held to look at solutions to I-80 congestion.
But he did say the state has $111 million needed to fix five bridges in Joliet, and those projects are going forward.
The state’s website on I-80 plans, www.I-80Will.com, lists near-term improvements that include road and bridge repairs of the highway as it approaches and crosses the Des Plaines River.
“The purpose of the meeting is to provide updates on the project status, present the alternatives developed and evaluated, and to obtain public input on the selection of a preferred alternative,” IDOT said in a news release announcing the meeting.
The meeting will be in the Joliet Junior College Event Center on the main campus at 1215 Houbolt Road.
Written comments can be submitted at the meeting, mailed afterward or made through the project website at www.I-80Will.com.
Comments received by Feb. 14 will be part of the official meeting record.
The meeting will be accessible to people with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance should contact Leisa Niemotka of Images Inc. at 630-510-3944, ext. 115.