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Manley Backs Legislation to Fund I-55/Weber Construction

Bill would provide $52 million for interchange project.

State Rep. Natalie Manley. Credit: File photo
State Rep. Natalie Manley. Credit: File photo

State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, on Thursday, backed a new capital construction bill, House Bill 3794, which includes $52 million for construction at I-55 and Weber Road in Romeoville.

The bill passed the House in a 97-11 vote Thursday and heads to the Senate for a vote.

“The congestion around I-55 and Weber Road has been a mess for years, and this legislation will help get this project up and running by this summer,” Manley said in a statement issued Friday. “The boost that these projects will give to our economy will not only be felt here in Will County but throughout Illinois. This is an opportunity to create jobs that we cannot pass up.”

This project specifically appropriates funds for a number of projects at the I-55 and Weber Road interchange which are considered shovel-ready and hopefully will begin work this summer. Illinois experienced a very brutal winter that ripped up and further deteriorated roads and bridges across the state, Manley said.

“A strong infrastructure is the key to a strong economy and investments in infrastructure have far-reaching effects on the economic environment,” Manley said. “Illinois’ unemployment rate is slowly decreasing, but we still need to do more to help working families get back on their feet and back to work. The capital bill’s passage yesterday strengthens Illinois’ commitments to creating and attracting good-paying jobs for middle class families in our community.”

Herc May 31, 2014 at 11:20 PM
It might be needed Kristine, but they should of done it right in the first place!
Mark King June 01, 2014 at 09:39 AM
Please make the left lane coming out of Normantown Rd a 2 lane turn instead of a single heading towards Rt. 55. The left turn light is only like 6 seconds long and you have to compete with the traffic, which includes multiple 52ft trucks, coming out of the gas station. It can take you about 10-15 minutes to get through that light at times. Very frustrating!
Ex Jolietian June 01, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Elizabeth Warren.. I mean seer. these corporations all pay property tax, state taxes and federal taxes... but the one that funds these projects is the Road Use Tax which is added (and hidden) to ever gallon of fuel purchased. If the Government added an Impact Fee upon original construction, that money should be used for improvements.
Chip Saunders June 01, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Would it be possible to have a simple pedestrian sidewalk included for a $52 million dollar job? I have seen some pretty close calls when someone crosses the bridge on foot or with a bicycle.
Mike Bellettiere June 01, 2014 at 04:55 PM
Another 5 yrs for EPA approval, 5 yrs for funding,and 1 day to find a politically connected contractor with huge cost overruns. The rich will get much richer

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