Joliet holds open house for Theodore Street project

City seeks public comment on plan to add 5th lane on far West Side

The city of Joliet will hold a public open house on April 22 to provide information on plans to widen Theodore Street on the far West Side.

The informational meeting will be 4 to 6 p.m. in the gym at William B. Orenic Intermediate School, 5820 Theodore St. People should use Entrance #1 to enter the building.

Joliet plans to widen Theodore between Drauden Road and Route 59.

The street now consists of two lanes in each direction without a median. The plan is to create a five-lane street that will have a median and left-turn lanes at all side streets.

The improvements “will provide refuge for turning vehicles and reduce impediments to through traffic,” according a city news release announcing the meeting.

The public meeting will follow the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Restore Illinois social distancing guidelines, the city said. People will be required to wear masks, will be asked to take a COVID Health Questionnaire, and will have temperatures taken before entering. A maximum of 50 people will be allowed inside the gym at one time.

Engineering consultant V3 Companies and city staff will be available to answer questions and hear comments. Renderings of the proposed improvements will be displayed at the open house and can be seen on the city’s website at

Public comments can be emailed in advance of the meeting to Comments received by May 20 will become part of the official record.

The project is now in Phase One engineering. Public comments will be included in a Project Development Report sent to the Illinois Department of Transportation for approval before construction.

Construction “is contingent on available funding,” according to the release. The city is seeking funding for Phase II design and construction.