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Open house held Aug. 14 on Houbolt Road bridge plans

City and CenterPoint will be at Aug. 14 event at JJC

Interstate 80 on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Joliet, Ill.
Interstate 80 on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Joliet, Ill.

Plans for the Houbolt Road bridge and interchange will be presented at a public open house on Aug. 14 at Joliet Junior College.

The project, estimated at $170 million to $190 million when it was announced two years ago, includes a bridge over the Des Plaines River, a widening of Houbolt Road south of Interstate 80, and a new interchange at I-80.

The open house will be 4 to 7 p.m. in Rooms 2001 and 2002 at the Joliet Junior College Event Center on the main campus located at 1215 Houbolt Road.

The open house is being hosted by the city of Joliet and the newly created Houbolt Road Extension JV LLC, a joint venture between CenterPoint Properties and its financial partners.

The Houbolt Road bridge over the Des Plaines River is a privately funded project being done by CenterPoint to create a direct connection between its Joliet intermodal park and I-80. CenterPoint also will extend Houbolt Road south of Route 6 to Schweitzer Road. The bridge has been estimated to cost between $150 million and $170 million.

The state is funding construction of the diverging diamond interchange and widening of Houbolt Road.

City and state officials previously have estimated that construction would start this fall. A construction timetable will be presented at the open house, according to a news release from the city.

Visitors to the open house will be able to speak with city officials and project leaders. They also can view renderings of the plans along with an animated visualization of the future I-80 interchange.

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