Will County’s freight activities extend beyond the 6,400 acres of its intermodal facilities in Joliet and Elwood (CenterPoint Intermodal Center) and the 1,000 acres in Wilmington (RidgePort Logistics Center). Warehouses, distribution centers and trucking companies to support the intense amount of freight moving through these facilities have blossomed throughout the county.
To support continued economic growth, the County needs to position itself to take advantage of newly available federal funding sources such as the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act which is intended to improve the safety and movement on the national freight transportation network of roads, rail and waterways. The Freight Plan will achieve this by compiling and analyzing data to better understand freight movements to strategically evaluate the direct benefits of freight improvements. The Freight Plan will also prioritize future investments to ensure that the plan’s recommendations align with funding requirements.