April 30, 2023 Houbolt Road bridge opens in Joliet
Originally Published on April 27, 2023
Public officials gather for ribbon cutting, first hour of traffic very light
The new Houbolt Road bridge in Joliet opened Thursday with promises of offering relief for roads congested with truck traffic.
Truckers were not lined up to get on the toll bridge, which opened to a smattering of traffic for at least the first half-hour after barriers were removed shortly after 10 a.m.
But it was only the first half-hour for what is expected to be at least a 100-year lifespan for the bridge, which spans the Des Plaines River and provides a direct connection between the truck-heavy CenterPoint Intermodal Center and Interstate 80.
Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, who made the bridge a top priority when he first became mayor in 2015, joined others in cutting the ribbon in one of his last official acts before leaving office on Monday.