General Assembly approves Houbolt Road Bridge to relieve I-80 travel traffic

mcguire 053119SPRINGFIELD — A new dedicated truck route in the Joliet area will ensure traffic along I-80 runs more smoothly and more safely under a plan that State Senator Pat McGuire that sponsored in the Illinois Senate today.

“Every Senator voting backed this innovative plan to make I-80, I-55 and IL 53 safer by giving trucks a different route into and out of the intermodals,” McGuire said. “Democrats, Republicans, business and labor are cooperating to save lives.”

Senate Bill 158 allows the construction of a privately financed 1.5-mile extension of Houbolt Road to include a toll bridge over the Des Plaines River.

The new route would be built upon land leased for 99 years from the City of Joliet and would serve as a more efficient alternative access route for trucks entering the CenterPoint Intermodal Center. The four-lane, two-way bridge would also include pedestrian and bike paths.

Under the legislation, the Will County Board has the authority to fix toll rates along the bridge, and the Illinois Toll Authority’s open-road tolling technology could be used. The project would be a joint venture between CenterPoint Properties and United Bridge Partners, a private firm that operates private toll bridges.

SB 158 earlier passed the Illinois House with Rep. Larry Walsh Jr. as chief sponsor. The legislation awaits the governor’s signature to become law. The 24-month construction project would begin this summer, pending the governor’s approval.

Sen. Pat McGuire


43rd District

Years served:
2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations II; Environment and Conservation; Higher Education (Chairperson); Revenue; State Government (Vice-Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Capital (TR); Subcommittee on Prisons (Sub-Chairperson).

Biography: Former teacher, school board member, Will County treasurer and Braidwood City Clerk; attended Joliet Catholic schools from first grade through college; married (Lora) with one daughter (Molly).

Associated Representatives:
John Connor
Lawrence Walsh, Jr.