Last week the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) hosted local officials and residents at Joliet Junior College. The event was held to get feedback on a billion dollar 16-mile improvement plan for Interstate 80. The plan is designed to improve safety and reduce travel times, but the state is having difficulty getting together the resources needed to finance the project. Based on comments it receives, IDOT will select a preferred alignment and its interchanges this spring, conduct an environmental assessment in the summer, and develop a financing strategy by fall, which could likely include tolls.
You can see the plan here. IDOT is accepting written comments until February 14.
State Representative McDermed, who attended the event, is looking to hear more from constituents about transportation issues and financing. As the Republican Spokesperson on the House Transportation Committee, Rep. McDermed is eager to address constituent’s safety and transportation concerns in Springfield. A brief survey is now available on her website. Click the button on the top right portion of her website to access the survey.