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Building our Economy. Investing in the future.

The Houbolt Road Extension represents the shared commitment to the community on behalf of local and state agencies, local businesses, organizations and industry leaders.

Guided by community and stakeholder feedback, the Houbolt Road Extension is well on its way to becoming a thoughtfully balanced and environmentally sensitive solution to meeting the increased demand for transportation infrastructure and addressing truck traffic and congestion on local roads.

Over the years, Will County has continued to evolve to strengthen its position as a leading region for transportation logistics. The Houbolt Road Extension is the latest development in facilitating this economic growth to benefit the community.

See the progress we’ve made


  • A coalition of local, state and federal governments, along with CenterPoint Properties, collaborate on masterplanning and conducting regional analysis to better understand transportation needs and direction of Will County.
  • The BNSF Logistics Park Chicago intermodal facility opens in CenterPoint Intermodal Center – Joliet/Elwood.
  • The economic development at CIC-Joliet/Elwood spurs the extension of transit service from PACE, the Chicago area’s suburban transit provider. PACE begins operating two round trips daily in sync with shift schedules at the facility.
  • I-355 Veterans Memorial Highway opens, connecting Interstate Highways 55 and 80 and spurring business development and further job growth in Will County.
  • The Union Pacific’s Global IV intermodal facility opens in CIC– Joliet/Elwood, and Will County becomes the largest inland container port in North America.
  • Unemployment rate in Will County dips to 5.1%, lower than Illinois’ average rate of 5.9% and the national average rate of 5.3%.
  • Illinois Department of Transportation, Will County and the city of Joliet engage in a joint agreement with CenterPoint Properties to develop a solution to facilitate improvements to Houbolt Road from and including the I-80 Interchange and the US-6/Houbolt Road Intersection.
  • State of Illinois and Will County approve funds and plan for the Houbolt Road Extension.
  • CenterPoint engages specialty environmental consulting firm, Geosyntec Consultants, to assist with environmental regulatory permitting of the Houbolt Road Extension.
  • C&M Associates, Inc. complete a preliminary study to evaluate the financial feasibility of constructing a tolled bridge to directly access CIC-Joliet/Elwood from I-80.
  • The Houbolt Road Extension project is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • 1 million-square foot expansion groundbreaking ceremony at CIC-Joliet/Elwood.
  • On August 14, 2018, Houbolt Road Extension JV, LLC and City of Joliet host a joint open house to inform the public of the Houbolt/Hollywood Road reconstruction and extension projects in Joliet, IL.
  • The Joliet City Council approves 99-year lease agreement for privately built project.
  • Construction of the Houbolt Road Extension initiated.