Roads, that is the topic. Do you enjoy potholes? It can sometimes be like a game of wack-a-mole as you drive down some streets in Will County. An entire coalition of folks sprouted up to vocalize the congestion and bridge safety issues on I-80 (successfully I might add as the state had put that into the capital bill and it will get fixed). However I-80 is only the tip of the road issues in our county due to the unprecedented growth experiences over the last 20 years. Not only did our population explode, but so did the warehouse industry, faster than you can say online shopping and we likely have another warehouse breaking ground somewhere in the county.

Why do I bring this up? The Gas Tax. I use premium gas, I actually expected a huge increase July 1, but really haven’t noticed much change. I spoke with a fellow county board member that drives approx 15k miles a year in a pick up truck that gets about 20 miles to the gallon. He expects that if the county implements a tax he will pay $30 more a year in fuel taxes. He believes safer roads and less congestion is worth it, you know the old adage time is money.

So, here is a chance to learn about how the county is looking at roads, I have invited Jeff Ronalson, the head of our road department to a public meeting about county roads. Will you be there? I know most of you likely have questions about Weber Road, so here is a change to get it straight from the horses mouth. Join me on Monday October 7th at the Bolingbrook Community Center on Canterbury, program starts at 6pm, we will go until 8:30 or until everyone has gotten a chance to ask questions.