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IDOT invites comments on I-55 plan for Joliet and Shorewood

A billboard advertising Rock Run Crossings stands near the intersection of Interstate 55 and Interstate 80 in Joliet in March 2019.
A billboard advertising Rock Run Crossings stands near the intersection of Interstate 55 and Interstate 80 in Joliet in March 2019.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting public comment on its Interstate 55 Access Study that includes a new interchange that would benefit the proposed Rock Run Crossings project.

IDOT, with the city of Joliet, is holding a virtual public outreach event through Aug. 4 on the project at the website www.i55atil59accessproject.org.

The website provides information and opportunities to comment on preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the Interstate 55 Access Study.

The "enhanced project website" is being used instead of a regular public meeting, according to a news release sent by IDOT.

"The purpose of the outreach effort is to obtain public input, present the preferred alternative for each of the projects identified by the I-55 Access Study, provide a status updates and discuss next steps," according to the release.

The study area includes sections of Joliet and Shorewood bounded by Interstate 80, Route 52 (or Jefferson Street), Houbolt Road and River Road.

Proposed improvements include a conversion of the existing interchange at I-55 and Route 59 into a diverging diamond interchange with access to and from the north along with the addition of a lane along I-55 between the Route 59 and Route 52 interchanges.

The improved interchange would provide greater access to the northeast corner of I-55 and I-80, where Cullinan Properties has proposed building a mixed-use development that would include shopping, restaurants, offices, hotels and other uses.

Other proposed improvements include:

• an additional lane on Route 52 from River Road to Route 59;

• the extension of Olympic Boulevard to the I-55 East Frontage Road;

• mini-roundabouts at Seil Road intersections with Raven Road and States Lane.

The public also can ask questions and leave comments for IDOT staff by phone at 847-705-4087.

Written comments can be mailed to: Illinois Department of Transportation; 201 Center Court, Schaumburg, IL 60196-1096; Attn: Jessica Feliciano in Bureau of Programming.

People with disabilities needing accommodations can contact Feliciano at 847-705-4087.

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