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State to hold I-55 meeting on April 11

Study area includes proposed Rock Run Crossings development

The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting April 11 on proposed improvements for Interstate 55 in Joliet and Shorewood.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting April 11 on proposed improvements for Interstate 55 in Joliet and Shorewood.

JOLIET – The Illinois Department of Transportation and the city of Joliet will hold a public meeting April 11 on proposed Interstate 55 improvements in Joliet and Shorewood.

The study area includes the proposed site for Rock Run Crossings, a 265-acre development that would include a lifestyle shopping mall, offices, residences and other possible uses, at I-55 and Interstate 80.

Cullinan Properties, the developer of Rock Run, and the city want a new interchange to be built off I-55 to accommodate traffic flow in and out of the development.

The meeting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Building U Auditorium at Joliet Junior College, 1215 Houbolt Road.

The study area for the I-55 meetings covers about 6.5 square miles primarily within Joliet and Shorewood. I-80 borders the area on the south and U.S. 52, or Jefferson Street, borders to the north, Houbolt Road to the east, and River Road to the west.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the project, present alternatives, review data and introduce a purpose and need statement, according to a city news release on the meeting.

The public is encouraged to attend and provide comment.

IDOT held a similar meeting at the same location in January for proposed improvements along I-80.

Exhibits will be on display and an audio-visual presentation will be shown continuously during the meeting.

Project team members will also be available to discuss the project and answer questions.

Written comments can be submitted at the meeting, mailed afterward or made through the project website, i55atil59accessproject.org.

The meeting will be accessible to people with disabilities. Anyone who needs special assistance should contact Steven Schilke at 847-705-4125.

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