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Will County Board approves $465 million spending plan

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The Will County board on Thursday approved $465 million spending plan that includes a property tax hike aimed at generating more money to pay for improving and replacing aging area roads and facilities.

The board was split along partisan lines in approving the measure that includes a 1.5 percent tax rate increase that will pump $2.4 million into County Executive Larry Walsh’s five-year capital plan. While the budget’s passage was expected, Walsh nevertheless cast the vote to break the board’s 13-13 tie.

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State decision on Elwood crossing at least weeks away

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The state won’t decide until at least late January whether to temporarily shut down a controversial railroad crossing in Elwood despite opposition from CenterPoint Properties, the developer of two nearby intermodals.

A series of Illinois Commerce Commission hearings concerning safety at the Walter Strawn Drive railroad crossing wrapped up this week in Chicago.

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Bad U.S. roads force "just in time" manufacturers to plan for 'just in case'

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Some of America's leanest manufacturers share a fat secret.

Companies like Whirlpool and Caterpillar are making costly additions to their otherwise sinewy supply chains to compensate for aging U.S. roads that are too potholed and congested for "just in time" delivery.

Some opt to keep more trucks and inventory on the road. Others are leasing huge "just in case" warehouses and guarded parking lots on the edges of big cities. All that activity raises costs, which are expected to increase even more if roads are allowed to deteriorate further and an improving economy boosts traffic.

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I-55 construction in Channahon Township nearing completion

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Bridge work on Interstate 55 near Channahon — marred with seven fatalities and more than 100 accidents over the course of two construction seasons — will likely wrap up next week.

Illinois Department of Transportation crews could complete repairs as early as next week, but the reopening of lanes won't start until the week of Aug. 25, state Rep. Larry Walsh Jr., D-Elwood, said Tuesday.

Labor Day is still considered the target completion date, but IDOT officials are working to complete the work “as soon as possible” and reopen lanes prior to the holiday weekend, IDOT spokeswoman Paris Ervin said in an email.

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Road ordinance repealed by Elwood Village Board

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The Elwood Village Board voted to repeal an ordinance passed May 21 instituting road restrictions designed to reduce the number of vehicles crossing the Union Pacific Railroad track at Walter Strawn Drive.

The action taken Wednesday night passed unanimously with no comment from trustees. President William Offerman and Trustee Francis “Bud” Jones were absent.

After the village instituted the changes in May, CenterPoint, APL and the Union Pacific Railroad argued successfully in federal court for a temporary restraining order.

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