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Will County freight plan balances growth, livability, officials say

Published on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Will County freight plan balances growth, livability, officials say

The plan was created with feedback from the public and the trucking industry, which indicated that improving safety and reducing congestion were top priorities.

The purpose of the study is to understand the current state of freight movement; study the growth of this industry in the future; look at best practices for communities to follow; identify critical infrastructure projects for funding and identify workforce issues, according to John Greuling, CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development.

Its numbers indicate that 57 percent of all private sector jobs in Will County are freight dependent, and that is expected to grow by 33 percent, a figure planners said was "low" and does not include projects now being talked about, such as the Compass Business Park in Elwood/Manhattan and the proposed CSX intermodal in Crete.

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