About The I-80 Coalition

Statement of Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of the I-80 coalition is to accelerate the completion of the “I-80 Project” by the end of 2023. The coalition will accomplish its purpose by:

  • Engaging a broad group of concerned and interested stakeholders in a grass roots campaign;
  • Becoming well informed of all current and possible ways to complete the “I-80 Project”;
  • Sharing all available information and research with public and private decision makers; and
  • Funding a public information and lobbying initiative to influence a positive decision-making pathway to complete the project.

I-80 Coalition Members

The Will County Center for Economic Development and partners from throughout the public and private sectors are working together to provide an improved transportation system along Interstate 80.

Members of the I-80 Coalition include:

  • Municipalities
  • Municipal Associations
  • Local, state & federal officials
  • Public transit agencies
  • Building Trades
  • Community business and contractors’ associations
  • Public relations
  • Media
  • Legal and lobbying firms
  • Higher Education

Members of Business & Industry, including:

  • Private business enterprises
  • Major Will County employers
  • Real estate developers
  • Transportation contractors
  • Material supply companies
  • Engineering companies
  • Transit, transportation, distribution & logistics companies
  • Railroads
  • Agribusiness

News & Updates

J.B. barnstorms behind capital plan

Pritzker signed the capital bill and kicked off his day in East St. Louis, then continued on to the Lincoln Depot State Historic Site in Springfield and held another event in the afternoon within sight of the infamous Interstate 80 bridge across the Des Plaines River, set to be replaced as part of $1.2 billion in the plan earmarked for multiple bridge replacements and road upgrades in Joliet and Will County.

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Traffic Shifts For I-80-US 30 Interchange Reconstruction

The new interchange is expected to be complete in late 2021.

NEW LENOX, IL — Traffic will be shifted for the reconstruction of the I-80 – US 30 interchange in New Lenox starting June 3. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, traffic will be shifted to the right on the eastbound lanes between Gougar and Francis roads during the overnight hours on Monday, weather permitting.

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I-80 Through Joliet Big Winner In Illinois Budget

Included in a statewide construction plan that addresses hospitals, schools and roadways will be funding dedicated to repairs ensuring the long-term safety of the I-80 bridge spanning the Des Plaines River. The plan passed with support from State Senators Pat McGuire and Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant.

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State inspects I80 bridges again

Governor has proposed funding for aging infrastructure’s replacement

Inspectors this week are completing an annual examination of the Interstate 80 bridges that state officials say is done to assure they are safe to drive on, despite the need for repairs.

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$1 billion proposed for I-80

The push to improve Interstate 80 got a boost Friday when Gov. J.B. Pritzker proposed a state capital plan that includes $1 billion for Interstate 80.

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Pritzker unveils $41.5 billion capital plan

A proposal shown to lawmakers includes major new spending on roads, transit, schools and more, but would require a doubling of the gas tax and new levies on items like vehicle registration, liquor, cable TV and ride-hailing.

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Overnight Lane Closures For Safety Upgrades On I-80

Overnight Lane Closures For Safety Upgrades On I-80 By Monica DeSantis | Apr 25, 2019   The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that overnight lane closures are scheduled starting May 1 on Interstate 80 in Joliet for the installation of shoulder...

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