For immediate release:
VanDuyne Urges Joliet to Wait For Intermodal Study
Joliet Intermodal Transportation Plan costs $330,000, due to release by July 1.
On March 21, 2019 the County of Will entered a contract with Chicago-based CDM Smith Inc. to devise a Will County Joliet Intermodal transportation plan. There were financial contributions made by the City of Joliet, CenterPoint Properties, Union Pacific, Will County and a grant by the State of Illinois to enter this agreement.
The contract originally was for $250,000 with another $80,000 added March 6, 2020 with the target completion by July 1, 2020.
This study is critical for understanding the transportation infrastructure needs in the area between Interstate 55 and US Route 52 and between Interstate 80 and Hoff Road.
Modeling for the study includes three scenarios: baseline development – a scenario using the current level of activity; full build out – a scenario that reflects increased activity in the study area including a full build out of the freight clusters identified in the Will County community friendly freight mobility plan; additional development – an extreme scenario of additional development to understand the impacts on roads and highways. ￼
As the Will County Board’s Chairman of Public Works and Transportation Committee, I would strongly urge any decision makers to hold off on any projects that would add an abundance of vehicular traffic on our infrastructure within the study’s boundaries until the results are provided. Any decisions made that would impact this area prior to the plan’s release would waste the efforts and tax payer dollars already spent on this study.
Will County Board
Chairman Public Works and Transportation Committee