- Published: Friday, July 22, 2016 05:04 PM
SPRINGFIELD— Legislation that will help make Weber Road safer and reduce traffic around Interstate 55 was signed into law today.
State Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) sponsored this initiative in the Senate.
“By giving Will County the green light to move forward with construction, we will improve traffic congestion and address safety concerns at the I-55/Weber Road interchange,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Local governments, as well as the Illinois Department of Transportation are working together to do what’s best for motorists.”
Weber Road, which intersects I-55, is the highest traveled roadway in the Will County Highway System. Current average daily traffic of 39,200 vehicles is projected to increase to 63,000 by 2040.
This particular stretch of Weber Road also has the county’s highest accident rate.
The new law will allow Will County to acquire land needed for reconstruction of the I-55 interchange and Weber Road corridor. Without it, it is estimated that the project could have been delayed for years.
It is anticipated that the final product will be a diverging diamond interchange that will improve safety and traffic efficiency.
The project is expected to create 400 jobs.
“Not only is today’s news good for local drivers, but it’s good for our economy,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “This project will create hundreds of much-needed construction jobs right here in Will County.”
House Bill 1191 is effective immediately.