Will Connects 2040 Prioritizes
County's Transportation Investments
Since early 2015, the Will County Department of Transportation (DOT) has been hard at work analyzing our transportation network and conducting public outreach, and now we are nearing the end of the Will Connects 2040 planning process. In the Will Connects 2040 Plan, we have developed a plan of action that articulates our priorities for improvements to county roadways and advocates for strategic investments for our partner agency systems, IDOT, Tollway, RTA, Metra, Pace, and municipal networks. Over the next 25 years, these investments will help ensure Will County remains a great place to live, work, and do business.
We began the Will Connects 2040 planning initiative by inviting you to weigh in through our online community engagement tool. In total, we've launched three online surveys and held 10 in-person Open Houses to make sure that Will Connects 2040 reflects your current and future needs and preferences. You responded, offering nearly 6,000 inputs through surveys, written comments, and interactive exercises. You gave us valuable input telling us about your goals for transportation and what you want the future to look like. On behalf of the Will County DOT, I would like to thank you - we couldn't have achieved this without you.
We've come a long way, but we're not done yet. We now invite you to view the draft Will Connects 2040 Plan, which will be released in late September on the project website. The Plan will be available for a 30 day review period, including two Public Hearings in October before it is presented to the County Board for approval.
Finally, I would like to recognize the contributions of the dedicated members of the Will Connects 2040 Advisory Committee. Key partners and agency representatives have spent countless hours sharing information and resources, discussing projects and alternative scenarios, and analyzing the results. We thank them for their contributions to this Plan.
From the beginning, we have been committed to proactively planning for growth in Will County in order to enable our residents and businesses to prosper here and continue to enjoy a high quality of life. As we work toward implementation, I look forward to working together with you to move Will County forward.
Lawrence M. Walsh
Will County Executive
To view the draft Will Connects 2040 Plan, please click here or the cover to the left.
For supporting documents, please click here.
Thank you for your comments and participation!
The draft Will Connects 2040 Plan was released on September 21, 2016 for public review and comment. Due to the level of interest, the comment period was extended beyond the original November 2, 2016 deadline to December 15, 2016. During the comment period timeframe, the Will County Division of Transportation (DOT) hosted two public hearings to present the draft plan and collect comments. One public hearing was held October 11, 2016 at the New Lenox Village Hall and a second public hearing was held October 18, 2016 at the Romeoville Village Hall. In addition to online review of the draft plan, approximately 75 people attended the public hearings to learn more about the draft plan and the County’s transportation priorities, with nearly 200 comments submitted by interested parties during the comment period. All submitted comments are part of the public record and will be reviewed by the Will County DOT.
The draft Will Connects 2040 Plan is expected to be presented to the Will County Board for review and adoption in early 2017.
Will Connects 2040 Newsletter,
Fall 2016 (English PDF)
Will Connects 2040 Newsletter,
Otoño 2016 (Spanish PDF)
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