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Website launched to keep public informed on I-80 Will County work

IDOT launched a new website, I80will.org, to provide the public with the latest information on the $1.2 billion reconstruction of Interstate 80 through Will County, one of the cornerstone projects of Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.

“Our commitment to fixing the I-80 corridor involves one of the most complex stretches of interstate in the entire country,” says Transportation Secretary Osman. “The new website, I80will.org, will provide the public with a one-stop shop to find the latest information on how the project is progressing and what they can do to successfully navigate the next several years of construction.”

The website includes:

  • Updates on ongoing coordination with communities to minimize construction impacts on the public.
  • A project information center, featuring reports, newsletters and answers to frequently asked questions.
  • Project news, maps and other information detailing the latest developments.
  • Previous planning and stakeholder outreach information as well as project reports.
  • Construction schedule information and timeline for each portion of the project.
  • Meeting announcements and the opportunity to sign up for project news, traffic and detour alerts, and submit questions and comments.
  • Photo and video galleries to view construction progress.

As one of the country’s three coast-to-coast interstates, I-80 through Joliet and Will County carries approximately 80,000 vehicles a day, about 25% of which are trucks.

Advance work on I-80 started last year with a $41.7 million project to replace the eastbound bridges over Hickory Creek, Richards Street and Rowell Avenue/Canadian National Railroad, and westbound over Richards Street, in Joliet, Rockdale and New Lenox, while widening eastbound I-80 from Gardner Street to Rowell Avenue. Once the eastbound improvements are completed later this year, similar improvements will begin in the westbound direction.