Safe Driving Initiatives
CenterPoint Commitment to Safety
Safety has always been the highest priority in the development of the CenterPoint Intermodal Center (CIC). CenterPoint has been consistent in calling for regionally sensible long-term solutions to deal with the issue of truck traffic in the area surrounding the CIC and throughout Will County. Potential solutions include a grade separation at Walter Strawn Drive and Route 53, or potentially a Houbolt Road bridge. We will continue to work with public officials and businesses to improve safety on the region’s roadways.
We remain committed to being a good corporate neighbor, and will continue to work with public officials and businesses to identify and implement solutions that improve safety and protect our investment in the economy and infrastructure of the region.
Efforts Already Undertaken
In an effort to improve safety on roadways surrounding the CenterPoint Intermodal Center (CIC), CenterPoint has worked with state and local officials to implement various measures to increase safety including:
- Posting billboards encouraging the use of I-55 and Arsenal Road as a primary entrance to the CIC
- Initiating efforts to station Will County Sherriff escorts for funeral processions
- Meeting with tenants and issuing letters to encourage the use of I-55 and Arsenal Road
CenterPoint and the tenant businesses in the CenterPoint Intermodal Center (CIC) expect all truck drivers accessing the CIC to observe the highest respect for safety on the road. We work with our tenants to ensure that drivers are properly educated on local traffic laws and on the proper means of ingress and egress at the CIC.
Economic Impact for Elwood
The CenterPoint Intermodal Center (CIC), located on more than 6,500 acres stretching from Elwood to Joliet, is the largest and most successful inland port in North America. Located 40 miles southwest of Chicago, the facility is strategically positioned at the epicenter of the region’s immense transportation infrastructure.
Further, over the past 15 years, CenterPoint has invested more than $1.5 billion in the CIC, resulting in job creation and tax support for the community. The development has resulted in a total investment in the Village of Elwood of more than $800 million. Direct benefits to the community, worth tens of millions of dollars, and funded primarily by CenterPoint, include road improvements; support for police and fire services; expansion of public utilities, including a new water and wastewater treatment plant; a Village water tower and a Village park.