Office of Will County Executive
Lawrence M. Walsh
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 17, 2017
For more information, contact:
Phone: 815-530-2372; Fax: 815-774-3671

Will County Adopts 2040 Plan

Long Range Transportation Plan identifies multimodal priorities

     At the March meeting of the Will County Board, members voted to adopt the Long Range Transportation Plan known as Will Connects 2040. This plan will be a blueprint to transform the county’s transportation plan over the next 25 years.

     “The transportation needs of our county have changed dramatically over the past ten years,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “The Will Connects 2040 plan has studied our present and future needs, identified potential funding sources, and has determined a set of strategic investment priorities to move our county forward. As the world’s largest inland port and the one of the fastest growing counties in the state, I am proud we are taking this proactive initiative in planning for our future.”

     "Will County will continue to develop infrastructure to better serve our residents, which is why it is important to keep an updated transportation plan,” said Will County Board Speaker Jim Moustis. “Will Connects 2040 will provide a guide for future development projects so we can make sure we address the needs of residents with ample planning and funding."

     The Will Connects 2040 plan outlines the investment priorities for county roadways based upon future financial outcomes. The plan selected projects with reasonable revenues and expenditures anticipated through 2040 while maintaining the funding commitment to existing county roads.

     "This plan is necessary for Will County to obtain federal and state funding for future transportation projects,” said Don Gould, chairman of the public works and transportation committee. “Our transportation department is very confident that this plan put forth will identify and meet county needs in the future."

      The Will Connects 2040 plan has been divided into two scenarios – with the proposed Illiana Expressway and without the Illiana. Many projects within this plan are based on future plans for the Illiana. Under both scenarios, plans will advance critical 1-80 projects and will explore opportunities to alleviate traffic in congested areas.

      “It was critical that we continue to move forward with our overall plans to improve safety across Will County,” said Jeff Ronaldson, director of transportation. “We cannot wait for a decision on the Illiana and many of our roadways need improvement now to accommodate East to West traffic patterns.”

     Under the plan, investment priorities were selected in a number of ways: travel demand, public input, and alignment with future county goals.

     "Will County residents should feel comfortable that this long-term plan takes into consideration that development plans for the Illiana and South Suburban Airport are still up in the air,” said Don Moran, Public Works and Transportation Committee Member. “This transportation plan provides a road map for development with and without these projects, allowing Will County to move forward with beneficial future transportation priorities without a hitch."

     The Will Connects 2040 plan recommends a combination of roadway improvements, complementary transit services, and bikeway facilities as the most effective way to help people and goods move across the county. For more information about this study, visit the website: www.willconnects2040.org.

 

 

    

Documents to download

 
Press Contacts

Anastasia Tuskey
Communications Director
Ph: 815-740-8376

Tammy Reiher
Public Information Officer
Ph: 815-774-7485

«March 2017»
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
2627
1508

2017 Program Year HOME and CDBG Public Service Applications

Applications must be submitted by May 5, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to the Will County Community Development Division, 58 E. Clinton St., Suite 100, Joliet, IL.  Proposals may be mailed or hand delivered.  

Read more
281234
5678910
1536

Will County chooses new Director of Transportation

At the February meeting of the Will County Board, longtime employee Jeff Ronaldson was named Director of Transportation, replacing Bruce Gould who retired after 40 years of service to the county.

Ronaldson has spent his entire career with the Will County Division of Transportation, joining the county upon graduation from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in June 1997. Ronaldson worked directly under Gould for more than 19 years where he learned firsthand how to manage the county’s growing highway department. 

Read more
11
12131415
1539

Next weekly job fair to be March 23 at Workforce Center

Area job seekers are invited to attend a weekly job fair hosted by the Workforce Services Division of Will County and the Illinois Department of Employment Security from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 23, at the Workforce Center of Will County.

Read more
1617
1540

Will County Adopts 2040 Plan

     At the March meeting of the Will County Board, members voted to adopt the Long Range Transportation Plan known as Will Connects 2040. This plan will be a blueprint to transform the county’s transportation plan over the next 25 years.

Read more
18
19202122232425
2627282930311
2345678

Tags

100th birthday America Recycles Day American Legion Post 1080 American Recycles Day Animal Control Arsenal Road book recycling and reuse event book reuse and recycling Bruce Gould Clothes 4 Work cooling centers County Executive Larry Walsh Curt Paddock Danette Krieger Director Curt Paddock document destruction Dr. L.P. Schild Eastside Green House electronic recycling electronics recycling extreme heat Friends of Sunny Hill gardening Gertrude Hoover Green Team Health Department heroin legislation forum hero helps addiction trea holiday bazaar holiday string lights Household Hazardous Waste Illinois Extension Service Jason Holicky JJC City Center Campus job fair Joliet Park District Karen Sorbero Kathy Pecora Land Use Department Larry Walsh Lewis University Madison Curran Marta Keane Mobile Workforce Center Music and memory Penny Curran Pilcher Park Pilcher Park Nature Center Plainfield United Methodist Pumpkin Pitch Recyclepalooza Resource Recovery and Energy Resource Recovery and Energy Division Resume Gallery school garden Seeds of Change Grant Program sign language St. Vincent DePaul Sunny Hill Nursing Home Sunny Hill Nursing Home of Will County Susan Flessner Susan Olenek textile collection The Friends of Sunny Hill Inc. University of St. Francis USAgain veterans Veterans Day vision and hearing screening vow renewal Warren-Sharpe Community Center West Nile Virus Will County Will County Center for Community Concerns Will County Executive Larry Walsh Will County Farm Bureau Will County Health Department Will County Land Use Department Will County Veterans Affairs Commission Will County Workforce Center Will County Workforce Services Division William E. Young School Workforce Center of Will County Workforce Services Division Workforce Services Division of Will County Workforce Services Division releases November work workshops