Great Lakes Regional Transportation Operations Coalition

Green Light for Toll Bridge Linking I-80 to CenterPoint

From the Chicago Tribune:

The state has given the green light to a new toll bridge linking Interstate 80 to the CenterPoint intermodal facility in Joliet and Elwood.

The Houbolt Road bridge agreement, announced Monday, is designed to alleviate traffic congestion on local roads and fuel continued growth for the booming truck and train transportation hub, officials said.

The public-private project will cost $170 million to $190 million, with CenterPoint building and operating the toll bridge over the Des Plaines River. The Illinois Department of Transportation is covering $21 million of that cost to widen Houbolt Road and reconfigure the existing interchange with I-80 to handle increased traffic demand.

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