Will County highway transportation is defined by three major interstates 80, 55 & 57 along with the I-355 Toll Road. Interstate 80, the second longest interstate in the U.S., provides the primary east-west route through the county. The intersection of I-80 and I-55 in the City of Joliet handles a high volume of through traffic in addition to locally generated traffic.
State Highway Improvements
2019 was a banner year for transportation infrastructure funding in Will County. The number one priority high project-the reconstruction of Interstate 80 from Minooka to New Lenox - received $1.2 billion from the state of Illinois through the ReBuild Illinois Capital Plan and the Five Year Multi Year Plan for Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
Through the hard work of Will County legislators and local municipal and County officials, Governor JB Pritzker proclaimed the I-80 reconstruction as the "signature project" of ReBuild Illinois. The I-80 Coalition, a grassroots initiative made up of local and regional leaders in business, labor and government, helped push this project as a priority for the Illinois and national economies.
The I-80 Coalition was founded in 2018 with the purpose of accelerating the completion of the IDOT I-80 Project by the end of 2023.
The Will County Center for Economic Development and partners from throughout the public and private sectors are working together to provide an improved transportation system along Interstate 80. Find out more at
Houbolt Road Extension - Will County is one of the nation’s largest transportation hubs, with demand for freight projected to double in the Chicago Metropolitan area over the next 20 years. The Houbolt Road Extension is a privately financed 1.5-mile long extension of Houbolt Road from US 6 to Schweitzer Road with a new bridge over the Des Plaines River. This new access route for trucks is the result of years of collaboration and thoughtful planning, and will ensure the industry remains a driver of jobs and revenue for Will County while protecting our community.
Other projects scheduled to receive funding from the $21.45 billion IDOT plans to invest in Will County in the next five years include:
Illinois Transportation Network Overview
IDOT Multi-Year Transportation Plan
IDOT Traffic Counts and Travel Statistics
There are five Class I Railroads with operations in Will County:
Will County’s Inland Port, North America's largest inland port, is an integral and growing part of Chicago’s national rail hub. Will County ranked 5th in the nation with over 3.5 million TEUs in 2019.
Lewis University Airport (LOT)
Will County’s only corporate airport is owned and operated by the Joliet Regional Port District and, respecting its original owner, is called Lewis University Airport (LOT). As a designated General Aviation Reliever, LOT is the linchpin of the FAA’s Southwest Chicago airport system. Occupying over 1,000 acres in Romeoville, the airport is the home of 185 aircraft, including some of the corporate industry’s largest business jets, generating some 100,000 aircraft operations annually.
LOT overs two instrument-landing equipped runway --- concrete-paved Runway 2-20 at 6,500 feet long and 100 feet wide, and recently rehabilitated Runway 9-27 at 5,500 feet by 75 feet. On-field and GPS navigation approaches make the field available during most any weather event. Operations support include an excellent snow removal department and the adjacent ARFF-equipped fire station.
Bult Field is a general aviation and corporate aviation airport near Monee providing direct access to central and eastern Will County and the greater Chicago Southland area. In 2014 the Illinois Department of Transportation acquired Bult Field as a key component of the state's overall plan to develop South Suburban Airport (SSA). The state owns more than 4,600 acres of the 5,800 needed for the inaugural airport and continues to work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the final airport plan.
Inland Waterway System
Will County is home to a number of businesses and industries which rely heavily on the U.S. inland waterway and Great Lakes systems. Bulk commodities, including coal, grain, sand and stone are the most common products transported by water in Will County. Navigable waterways in Will County include the Illinois River, Des Plaines River and Cal-Sag Channel. The Illinois River connects into the Mississippi River to the south, providing access to Gulf of Mexico markets. The Cal-Sag Channel connects to Lake Michigan, providing a gateway into the Great Lakes waterway system. The Des Plaines River/Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal parallels I-55 and connects to the south branch of the Chicago River.
Business & Industrial Parks
Industrial Space in Will County has increased from 101 million square feet in 2005 to more than 190 million square feet in 2019. Logistics companies are overwhelmingly locating within existing business and industrial parks developed with attention to highway and/or rail access, low drayage costs and flexible space needs. Businesses that rely on access to raw materials and large consumer markets benefit from the superior distribution network in place in Will County.
Will Connects 2040, The Will County 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan was adopted by the County Board in March of 2017. Additional transportation planning information is included in the CMAP Onto 2050 Plan.