Will County wants to know your transportation priorities


Do you think Will County roads are congested? What roads do you think need improvement?

Will County officials want public input as it embarks on a long-term planning effort to guide the next 25 years of transportation projects.

The “Our Way Forward 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan” will evaluate future priorities through an online survey and workshops.

The public is invited to take the online survey to share their travel preferences and transportation priorities. The survey is available online at www.ourwaywill.co through February.

“Public engagement will be critical to ensure that this plan is successful,” said Will County Board Public Works & Transportation Chair Joe Van Duyne (Wilmington). “This is the perfect opportunity for residents to influence the next 25 years of transportation projects. I look forward to the development of a plan that will promote all forms of mobility in Will County.”

During the development of the plan, the county-wide infrastructure for all modes of transportation will be assessed, including walking, biking, driving transit, and freight. Once completed, the plan will be used to identify transportation investments that align with the public’s goals for the county, such as improved safety and quality of life, reduced congestion, and enhanced economic development.

“This long-term plan will be an important step in implementing a more comprehensive vision of transportation for Will County,” said County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant. “Responsible and forward-thinking planning will support our goal of reducing congestion on our roadways, which will improve both public safety and air quality in our communities. These efforts will also help us identify investments that empower all modes of transportation for residents.”

The plan is currently in its first phase, which will assess existing and future conditions. Phase One will also include two virtual workshops for the public on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 7 at noon. The planning process includes four phases and three rounds of public engagement, with the final plan expected in August 2025.

More information about the “Our Way Forward 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan” and the survey can be found online at www.ourwaywill.co.