Sens. John Connor and Meg Loughran Cappel

JOLIET – Improvements to interstate I-80 near Houbolt Road will begin to see improvements thanks to the Illinois Senate Democrats’ support of the Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan.

“This interchange is part of a historic investment in Will County infrastructure by Illinois.  The return on this infrastructure investment will be enjoyed by generations of Will County residents,” said State Senator John Connor (D-Lockport). “This is how Illinois moves forward.”

Governor JB Pritzker announced the next phase of I-80 enhancements and modernization will soon begin at Houbolt Road and interchange. Work is anticipated to begin this winter and is expected to be finalized by 2023. The project will see $32 million in funding from the state’s Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan.

The bridge – located in Will County – is the largest inland port in the United States, making the area a big attraction to travel.

The Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan provides grants for construction, modernization and maintenance for communities across Illinois. This funding is provided in an effort to boost employment opportunities, stimulate tourism and improve the overall quality of commuting.

“Will County is a major transportation hub for the region, and this project will continue to allow our communities to grow,” said State Senator Meg Loughran Cappel (D-Shorewood). “From job creation to improving traffic flow, the Houbolt Road project will help spur economic development in our county for years to come.”

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