Message From The Will County Executive
Our transportation network is one of the most important strategic assets we have in Will County, touching every aspect of our lives. It provides access to jobs, education, and healthcare; moves the goods and services we all rely on; and facilitates interaction with our families, friends, and the environment. Transportation is deeply intertwined with the economic fabric of our County, and a strong transportation network is needed to create new opportunities and ensure that Will County remains a great place to live, work, and do business.
Will County is a truly diverse place, with a landscape that ranges from rural farm towns to historic settlements to growing cities. Weaving our communities together is our transportation network, which includes our roadways and different types of passenger and freight travel. Managing these complexities requires good planning, which is why I am proud to share Will Connects 2040. This Plan charts a strategic direction for Will County and is tailored to meet changing conditions and our County’s unique needs.
I want to thank everyone who contributed their time, ideas, experience, and expertise to this long range planning effort. Without your input, Will Connects 2040 would not have been possible. And while I am excited about our future, there is more work ahead. Turning this Plan into a reality will require dedication and collaboration within County government and our partner agencies and organizations.
To maintain our commitment, we need only remember that investments to our transportation network are also investments in the well-being and prosperity of our residents, workers, and businesses. I look forward to strengthening and improving our strategic assets together and investing in the future of Will County.
Lawrence M. Walsh
Will County Executive
Will County Board Adopts Final Plan
To view the final Will Connects 2040 Plan, please click here or the cover to the left.
For supporting documents, please click here.
The Will County Board adopted Will Connects 2040, the County’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), on March 16, 2017. The plan will be a blueprint to transform the county’s transportation network for the next 25 years.
This is the first major update in nearly seven years to the County’s transportation plan. During that time, the transportation needs of the county have changed dramatically as the county’s population and freight industry continues to grow.
Will Connects 2040 outlines future transportation needs, potential funding sources, and investment priorities to move the county forward. It includes a combination of roadway improvements, complementary transit services, and bikeway facilities to help move people and goods across the county. Will Connects 2040 will help guide transportation policy, investments, and improvements to the county’s transportation network for years to come.
The WCDOT thanks the various stakeholders and community members who participated in this planning effort through the seven advisory committee meetings, three online surveys, 10 public open houses, and two public hearings.
Now, the County and its partners have begun taking steps to implement Will Connects 2040. Click here for information about the Will County Community Friendly Freight Mobility Plan – a key recommendation from Will Connects 2040.
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