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:
- Municipal Associations
- Local, state & federal officials
- Public transit agencies
- Building Trades
- Community business and contractors’ associations
- Public relations
- 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
News & Updates
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.
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.
The city of Joliet and Mayor Bob O’Dekirk have announced the inclusion of $1.01 billion in I-80 reconstruction funds in the proposed $41.5 billion capital improvement plan proposed by Governor J.B. Pritzker. But there is nothing official from Springfield. Lawmakers still have until May 31st to approve the budget.
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.
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.
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...
State Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, has introduced legislation aimed at converting the local stretch of Interstate 80 into a tollway.
A coalition created to push for improvements to Interstate 80 will point to $623 billion of freight coming through Will County a year, making a case the local corridor has national importance.