Welcome to the
Laraway Road Project
The Will County Division of Transportation (WCDOT) is undertaking major improvements along the Laraway Road corridor. The WCDOT is evaluating improvements for the entire Laraway Road corridor from US Route 52 to Harlem Avenue, however this website pertains specifically to the section from Cedar Road to LaGrange Road.
The exhibit below shows the status of the various segments of the entire Laraway Road corridor. It depicts the three major sections that are being studied consecutively from west to east, and the targeted timeframe for construction of the various subsections.
Laraway Road (CH 74) is a county highway located in parts of Frankfort, New Lenox, and unincorporated Will County. The limits of this study are from the intersection of Cedar Road (CH 4) to LaGrange Road (US Route 45), which is approximately 4.5 miles long. Laraway Road is a two-lane road under the jurisdiction of the WCDOT. The area surrounding Laraway Road is primarily agricultural fields and open space with existing residential subdivisions, commercial properties, and institutional (Hickory Creek Middle School) developments. The area is expected to continue to develop and with that it is anticipated that travel demands will only increase. The intent of the project is to address the capacity of the roadway to accommodate future traffic demands while ensuring a safe and efficient traffic flow.
We are currently in the first of three project phases. Phase I consists of a preliminary engineering and environmental study to develop and evaluate alternatives and identify a preferred alternative to best meet the project goals. As part of this phase, a Public Meeting was held on June 27, 2017. Another Public Meeting is expected in order to present the proposed improvements and solicit public input.
Phase I is expected to be completed in mid-2021. Phase II (Design) is anticipated to begin in late 2021 and Phase III (Construction) is anticipated to begin in 2025. The anticipated timeline for Phase II and III is subject to change based on availability of funding, project readiness, and right-of-way acquisition.
Due to COVID-19, our next Public Engagement Period was held exclusively online on April 14, 2021. The meeting materials are available to the public and a self-guided presentation is available. At the end of the presentation will be the option to share your comments on the project. We look forward to hearing from you!