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Trustees hear updates on I-55 interchange project

Shorewood Village engineer Bryan Welch (left) speaks to village trustee Dan Anderson as well as the entire board of trustees about the Interstate 55 and Route 59 interchange proposed by the Illinois Department of Transportation during a special meeting July 10 at the village hall.[]

Shorewood trustees met after their regular meeting Tuesday to hear updates about the upcoming Interstate 55 and Route 59 interchange.

Village engineer Bryan Welch led discussion on the Illinois Department of Transportation-created interchange, which was in response to the Rock Run Crossings development, slated for the northeast corner of Interstates 55 and 80.

Originally, the village was made aware of the possibility of an overpass at Seil and Mound roads. The overpass, however, was taken out of the equation, and a diverging diamond interchange will take its place on I-55 just south of Seil Road.

Welch said the increased traffic in Shorewood will be generated by both the development and the increased access to I-55 provided at the new interchange. While IDOT is leading the design of the new interchange, the city of Joliet and the Rock Run Crossings developer are the entities requesting the interchange. The village will need to coordinate with the city of Joliet, IDOT and the developer to ensure that infrastructure improvements needed within the village of Shorewood to accommodate the increased traffic generated by the interchange and development are identified and constructed in a timely manner, to minimize impacts to the village.

The board did not take action on any of its agenda items Tuesday, citing a need for further research.

Village attorney David Silverman addressed the board about the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act, which became effective June 1.

“This act requires municipalities to allow the installation of small wireless facilities within rights of way in a zoning district and outside rights of way in property zone exclusively for commercial or industrial use,” according to village documents.

The act allows municipalities to charge permit fees to install a facility only after the municipality adopts an ordinance to outline the fees.

Silverman said the act has taken away almost all discretion, and there was “not a whole lot you can do about it.”

“They did a good job tying our hands on this,” Silverman said.

A vote on the ordinance will take place at the next meeting July 24.

During the last regular meeting June 26, Luciano spoke on behalf of the Citizens Advisory Committee to inquire about ordinances to require builders to put up fences during some home excavations. Village building official Don Plass gave ideas and examples of what could be done to surround the holes dug at the beginning stages of a home build and possible costs the builder and homeowner would absorb.

Plass read from the ordinance, but some trustees did not like that it included 6-foot chain-link fences. It also lacked the definition of an in-fill lot, which pushed the ordinance until the July 24 meeting, as well.