Braidwood approves resolution in favor of Illiana Expressway
By Mary Baskerville Correspondent August 29, 2013 11:54AM
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:24AM
BRAIDWOOD — The Braidwood City Council this week passed a resolution calling for the construction of the Illiana Expressway.
The proposed east-west Illiana Expressway is designed to link Interstate 55 in Illinois to Interstate 65 in Indiana.
The resolution points to the rising impact on local roads by intermodals and the need to handle truck traffic: “The Illiana Expressway as proposed and planned by IDOT fills that need.”
Both the Will County Governmental League and the Will County Center for Economic Development called for the resolution of support, Mayor Bill Rulien said in discussion before the vote.
The issue is to be voted on by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning in October. CMAP’s inclusion of the plan as part of the long range goals for the region is seen as a key factor in moving forward.
Rulien said those opposed do not see the necessity as clearly as Braidwood: “We think it is because they don’t live down here with the trucks.”
The resolution in support of construction reads, in part:
“With the opening of the intermodal facility in Joliet and Elwood there has been a significant increase in heavy truck traffic seeking an alternate east-west route. The damage to our narrow local roads has been considerable.
“Soon Ridgeport will open as the third intermodal facility in neighboring Wilmington with yet another proposed rail industrial park approved in Coal City. Since none of these facilities are anywhere near capacity yet, it is appropriate to start building a major road to handle existing and future truck traffic.”
The resolution passed unanimously, with no comments made by the other council members.