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CED Infrastructure Coalition Hears the Latest News
The CED’s Infrastructure Coalition met recently for a mid-year update on State and regional transportation projects, studies, and plans.
This important CED Coalition’s mission and charge is making sure Will County is meeting the infrastructure needs of our businesses and residents.
Coalition membership is limited to CED investors who have expressed an interest or have served on prior CED transportation committees. The Infrastructure Coalition is co-chaired by Zach Pucel of TranSystems and Eric Pitcher of BNSF Railway.
John Baczek, IDOT, Engineer of Program Development provided an update on 7 District 1 projects including I-80, Houbolt Road Corridor, I-55 & 126/Airport Road, I-55/I-59 Interchange, US 52 River to Houbolt, I-55/Lorenzo Road & I-55/IL 129 and the I-57 corridor.
Ann Schneider, President, Ann L. Schneider and Associates, provided an update on Will County transportation plans including the Will County Joliet Intermodal Transportation Master Plan, Moving Will County, and other current and planned studies.
Doug Pryor, CED President & CEO provided a draft of the updated Will County Transportation Blueprint to the group for review and discussion. This important document identifies priority projects for the repair, replacement, and construction of new and expanded roads, bridges, rail and transit services, aviation facilities and inland waterway facilities.
Doug also indicated that sub-groups of the Coalition will be meeting in the next few months to discuss and assess challenges and opportunities in the areas of non-transportation infrastructure needs including energy, telecommunications, and water supply and look to support policies, projects, and initiatives to meet the needs of current and future Will County businesses and industries.
More information on these important subjects can be found here:
IDOT REGION 1
WILL COUNTY TRANSPORTATION
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