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Joliet truck stop plan approved for Houbolt Road

Traffic flows through a construction zone Thursday, May 23, 2019, along Route 6 in Joliet, Ill.
Traffic flows through a construction zone Thursday, May 23, 2019, along Route 6 in Joliet, Ill.

Two truck stops are planned along the route of the future Houbolt Road bridge outlet.

The city council last week approved a special use permit for a truck and travel fueling center on the southeast corner of Houbolt and Route 6. The location would be along the route for truckers using a future Houbolt Road bridge to get between CenterPoint Intermodal Center and Interstate 80.

“I think there’s going to be a lot more activity on that part of Houbolt Road,” said Michael Hansen, an attorney representing developer Ketone Acquisitions.

Hansen represents another developer interested in putting a truck stop on the northwest corner of Houbolt and Route 6. That site, however, does not have access to Route 6, and the developer has approached the city to get an entryway from the highway.

The southwest corner also would need a special use permit before it could be developed for a truck stop.

“That property has the zoning for commercial but it would need a special use permit for a truck stop,” said Michael Schwarz, the city’s director of planning. He said no plans have been submitted to the city yet for the corner.

Neither developer has named a brand for the truck stops. The 21.4-acre Ketone site is part of the Ketone Business Center, which is primarily being developed for warehouse and distribution space.

The plans approved by the city include a 22,100-square-foot building
for a store, fast-food restaurants and other uses.

The project includes separate fueling areas for trucks and cars and separate driveways for each.

Approved plans allow for 44 spaces for short-term parking of semitrailers.

Construction of the Houbolt Road bridge over the Des Plaines River is expected to begin this year.

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