Project Background

The Will County Division of Transportation is conducting a transportation study to assess options for improving mobility in Eastern Will County. The intent of the study is to move initial findings into more detailed studies over the next 2-3 years to identify an alternative or option to alleviate truck traffic congestion and improve mobility and safety in Eastern Will County.  

The study area is approximately 20 square miles and includes the Will County municipalities Crete, Monee, University Park, and parts of Frankfort, Park Forest, Steger, and Sauk Village. The study borders the Cook County municipalities of Richton Park and South Chicago Heights. 

The study will utilize the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) approach, a type of transportation planning study conducted at the corridor or subarea level. This strategy was developed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as a “pre-National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)” planning study method. This approach can streamline the subsequent NEPA process by incorporating outcomes of the PEL study into the NEPA review, rather than issuing standalone feasibility studies. 

Study Area Map