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Illinois Department of Transportation

I-55 at IL 59 Access Project Virtual Public Outreach

The Illinois Department of Transportation in partnership with the City of Joliet invites you to learn more and comment about the preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the Interstate 55 Access Study in Will County. Instead of hosting a regular public meeting, the Department is sharing details on the project and encourage public participation until August 4, 2020 through a new interactive website.

The study area covers approximately 6.5 square miles and is bordered on the south by Interstate 80, on the east by Houbolt Road, on the north by US Route 52, and on the west by River Road. The study focuses on the I-55 interchange access and includes the supporting local roadway network within the entire study area. The I-55 Access Study in divided into four independent studies, three of which directly impact Shorewood:

  • US 52 fron River Road from Houbolt Road which includes capacity improvements (additional lane) for the portion of US 52 from River Road to Illinois Route 59
  • I-55 from I-80 to US 52 which converts the existing partial access interchange at I-55 and IL 59 into a full access diverging diamond interchange and the addition of auxiliary lanes on I-55 between its interchanges with IL 59 and US 52
  • Olympic Boulevard from I-55 East Frontage Road to Houbolt Rad which includes the extension of Olympic Boulevard to the East Frontage Road of I-55
  • Seil Road from Raven Road to IL 59 which includes mini-roundabouts constructed at the Seil Road intersections with Raven Road and States Lane

The purpose of the outreach effort is to obtain public input on the overall study, present the preferred alternative for each of the four independent projects, provide a status update for each of the improvements, and discuss the next steps of the project study. A presentation reviewing the study process and the preferred alternative is available on the project website along with other project information. Comments can be submitted through the mail or the project website at any time. 

The details of the virtual public outreach effort are as follows:
Date: Tuesday July 7, 2020 through Tuesday August 7, 2020

Click Here to submit comments via the project website