Frankfort, IL… State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena) has been named to the leadership team of the I-80 Coalition. The I-80 Coalition was launched by the Will County Center for Economic Development earlier this summer and its members are comprised of representatives from government, business, and labor. The purpose of the coalition is to fund a public awareness and lobbying campaign to gin up support for needed improvements to I-80. It is in the process of incorporating itself into a nonprofit group.
“We need a plan that recognizes the state and nationwide significance Will County plays in our transportation system; while appreciating that there are local families that live and travel along these roads every day,” Rep. McDermed said. “This is going to be a huge undertaking, one that needs a sustainable funding source. Getting that will take a bipartisan, coordinated effort.” A Will County Community Friendly Freight Mobility Study showed that 60 percent of the nation’s freight, roughly valued at $623 billion, moves through the County, much of that on I-80. This poses numerous safety issues and causes significant congestion along the highly trafficked I-80 corridor.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has included important upgrades to I-80 in its latest multi-year plan, but total costs are estimated around $1 billion and there is currently no established mechanism to fund it. The 37th Legislative District, represented by Rep. McDermed, comprises a significant portion of Will County including the stretch of I-80 from Tinley Park to New Lenox. In the General Assembly Rep. McDermed is the Republican Spokesperson for the Transportation: Regulation, Roads, and Bridges Committee and sits on all four subcommittees.