Public-private project to improve truck access to Joliet hub

Source: Associated Press, July 11, 2016

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says state and local governments are partnering with a private company to relieve traffic congestion and provide easier access to a major commercial transport hub near Joliet. Rauner announced the agreement Monday at CenterPoint Intermodal, a rail and truck freight transport center near Interstates 80 and 55. It’s considered the nation’s largest inland port. Under the agreement, Illinois will spend $21 million to improve the Houbolt Road exit off Interstate 80. CenterPoint will spend about $170 million to build a toll bridge over the Des Plaines River and extend Houbolt Road south to the facility. …