Mills-Cherry Hill Study

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Welcome to the Mills-Cherry Hill Road Study

About the Study

This Study will assess Mills Road from IL Route 53 to Cherry Hill Road and Cherry Hill Road from Mills Road to US Route 30. The limits include portions of unincorporated Will County, the Village of New Lenox, and the City of Joliet. These roads are uniquely located among a mixture of suburban, rural and industrial properties. The Study will include preliminary engineering and environmental assessments as the first step in a process to develop improvements to the roadway. This study will help the Project Team understand problems and develop solutions that are the best fit for the community.

Project Map

Project Location Map highlighting Mills and Cherry Hill Road

Project Timeline

Phase I

Preliminary Design & Environmental Analyses

2023 to 2024

Phase II

Land Acquisition & Contract Plan Preparation

2025 to 2027* *Pending project readiness and funding availability

Phase III


2028* *Pending project readiness and funding availability

Phase I Schedule

We are here

Gathering & Analyzing Existing Data

  • Traffic and Safety Analysis
  • Drainage Studies
  • Environmental Surveys

Public Meeting #1
Introducing the project and collect feedback

Develop & Analyze Initial Alternatives

  • Develop alternatives to address project needs
  • Identify opportunities to minimize impacts

Public Meeting #2
Present alternatives and collect feedback

Identify Preferred Alternative

  • Use public feedback to evaluate the initial alternatives
  • Develop preferred alternative

Public Meeting #3
Present preferred alternative and collect feedback

Why it is Needed

The Mills-Cherry Hill Road Study is needed to improve safety and mobility along the study corridor.

The study intends to address the following:

  • Distressed pavement that has exceeded its useful life
  • Safety concerns for all roadway users
  • Gaps in the pedestrian and bicycle network
  • Pavement flooding & ponding in roadside ditches

Get Involved

Community members and other stakeholders play an important role in this Study and any decisions made about the future of Mills Road and Cherry Hill Road.

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