The project is considered a critical piece of the state's $1.2 billion commitment to improve and modernize I-80 through the Rebuild Illinois capital program. The goal of the project—which is funded by an estimated $200 million in public and private funding—is to create hundreds of construction and permanent jobs while improving safety and intermodal activity throughout the region, according to a press release from the governor's office.
"The next phase of I-80's modernization begins today at Houbolt Road, giving new life to one the interstate's most critical interchanges and a key access point for Joliet," Gov. JB Pritzker said in a statement. "Our state investment of $32 million right here in Joliet will help widen Houbolt Road and reconfigure its interchange into a high-capacity, diverging-diamond design."
Under a unique public-private partnership between IDOT, the City of Joliet and CenterPoint Properties, the city is overseeing the $33.5 million project to widen Houbolt Road and reconfigure its interchange with I-80 to a high-capacity, diverging-diamond design. The state is providing $32 million in capital funding for the project.
The state and city investments have also leveraged a CenterPoint investment of up to $170 million to build a new tolled bridge on Houbolt Road over the Des Plaines River. Already under construction, the new bridge will connect I-80 and CenterPoint's intermodal facilities.
The Houbolt Road improvements are key elements of Gov. Pritzker's vision to restore 16 miles of I-80 from Ridge Road to U.S. 30 and replace the Des Plaines River bridges. Construction is already underway on the overhaul of I-80, replacing more than 50-year-old infrastructure on a corridor that carries 80,000 vehicles a day, about 25% of which are trucks.
The project is estimated to reach completion by 2023.
SOURCE: Office of Gov. JB Pritzker