New Lenox, IL… State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) is pleased to announce that Will County was awarded $34 million in federal funds for the $43 million dollar project to reduce the bottleneck at the Interstate 80 and Route 30 interchange in New Lenox. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently announced winners of a new competitive grant program that aims to improve the mobility of freight at the local level. The Illinois Competitive Freight Program seeks to reduce bottlenecks, improve freight-related safety, increase intermodal accessibility to freight corridors and enhance efficiency through the strategic deployment of technology.
“Illinois’ central location makes it a vital transportation hub for the nation, and Will County is at the center of it,” Rep. McDermed said. “This new grant is a great opportunity to invest in a project that will not only maintain our state’s commitment to that status, but improve the quality of life for residents in the 37th district by improving safety along these highly trafficked corridors.”
Though administered by IDOT, the program primarily uses federal funds. IDOT received 46 applications requesting close to $600 million in freight funds. The program only selected about half of the applications and will distribute $240 million in National Highway Freight Program through 2022. The rest will be matched by $90 million in state and private funds.
“Securing this money took a coordinated effort from stakeholders at the state, county, and local level,” Rep. McDermed continued. “Thank you to IDOT and everyone involved in ensuring that this important project to reduce congestion and improve safety has the means to move forward.”
Representative McDermed serves on three transportation committees in the Illinois House of Representatives.