Illinois Department of Transportation, Gary Hannig, Secretary

Interstate 55

Located in Will County, Illinois

City of Joliet & Village of Shorewood

I-55 from I-80 to US 52

The interchange project includes the conversion of the existing partial interchange at IL 59 and I-55 to a full access diverging diamond interchange also known as a DDI. A DDI is a double cross over diamond. The diamond shaped configuration allows for two directions of traffic on a bridge to cross to the opposite side of the bridge. The benefits of this type of interchange include improved safety and operations. This project provides connections for pedestrians and bicyclists over I-55 to IL 59 and new auxiliary lanes between IL 59 and US 52 to improve congestion and safety for vehicles entering and exiting the roadway.

Funding & Schedule

Preliminary engineering and environmental studies (Phase I) for the interchange project were completed in May 2019. Contract plan preparation and land acquisition (Phase II) were completed in June 2022. The project has moved on to the final implementation phase and is currently under construction (Phase III). This improvement is included in the Department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2023-2028 Proposed Highway Improvement Program.

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Noise Study

The I-55 from I-80 to US 52 study evaluated traffic noise impacts and recommended that potential noise walls be implemented along I-55 within the project study limits. Property owners and tenants that would achieve a benefit from these walls had an opportunity to vote on whether or not the noise walls should be installed. The voting form was mailed to those benefitted by the proposed walls on March 4, 2020 and June 11, 2020. Voting responses were due by July 10, 2020 but the voting period was extended for two additional weeks through July 24, 2020 because of delays in processing and receiving votes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Voting results show that both walls were supported. Therefore, the two noise walls along I-55 have been recommended for implementation. The approximate locations of the walls are shown in the Noise Wall Voting Results diagram below.

The I-55 from I-80 to US 52 Traffic Noise Analysis Report is available here.

The following exhibits may be downloaded as a PDF file:

Noise Wall Voting Results

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