A similar project many have called for is the widening of Interstate 55 from Interstate 355 to Coal City Road.
This project also would cost upward of $1 billion.
Both are listed as top priorities.
Other projects north of $100 million ranked as “Tier 1” in terms of importance are the widening of sections of
Route 30, Manhattan-Monee Road, Laraway Road and Route 6.
The next step for county and municipal officials is to implement the plan, which can be viewed at
The plan, which is marketed as a “living document” that can be changed and updated at any time, was
approved with a 22-1 vote by the County Board. But it was not beyond criticism.
Will County Board member Ray Tuminello, R-New Lenox, said traffic congestion data provided by the
federal government that was used in the study are not accurate. Speaking from experience, Tuminello
found it hard to believe data suggested that Interstate 80 is not congested with trucks more than two
hours a day. If anything, it was the opposite, he said.
Board member Judy Ogalla, R-Monee, said she voted to not approve the study because of its apparent
support for using the proposed South Suburban Airport for cargo freight transportation. Ogalla, who
represents the largest district in the county in terms of land size, has been critical of the study’s attention to
residents concerned about potentially giant projects such as the airport, the Illiana Expressway and a
possible CSX intermodal near Crete, bearing down on them.
WILL COUNTY TRAFFIC CRASH DEATHS BY YEAR –