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Joliet lease agreement for Houbolt Road bridge not ready yet

This 3D printed model of a future Houbolt Road bridge over the Des Plaines River was used during an open house on the project held in August 2018 at Joliet Junior College.
This 3D printed model of a future Houbolt Road bridge over the Des Plaines River was used during an open house on the project held in August 2018 at Joliet Junior College.

A vote on a lease agreement for the future Houbolt Road bridge was tabled a second time this week and pushed to the City Council agenda on July 7.

Lawyers for Joliet and the partnership created by CenterPoint Properties to build the bridge continue to negotiate the agreement that would set terms by which the city would own the toll bridge but the private entity would build, operate and maintain it.

"We're still negotiating the finer points," Assistant City Attorney Chris Regis said Wednesday.

Regis would not elaborate on what topics remain to be resolved.

The city made public an incomplete copy of the lease agreement on June 16, when the council was to vote on it. Instead, the council tabled the matter to a special meeting on Tuesday, when it again tabled the vote until its next meeting.

The proposed toll bridge was announced in 2016 by then-Gov. Bruce Rauner as a unique public-private partnership in which CenterPoint Properties would build and own the bridge. That arrangement changed after a complaint brought by the BNSF Railway, which would have railroad tracks running under the future bridge.

The bridge would cross the Des Plaines River and provide a direct connection to Interstate 80 for semitrailers coming out of CenterPoint Intermodal Center-Joliet.

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