Another truck stop planned for Houbolt Road bridge area

Permit sought for travel center at Mound Road intersection in Joliet

A second truck stop is planned for the north end of the future Houbolt Road bridge.

The Joliet Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday will consider a special use permit for a truck and travel center at the southwest corner of Mound and Hollywood roads. Hollywood Road becomes Houbolt Road at the Interstate 80 interchange.

Similar plans were previously approved for a truck stop proposed for the southeast corner of Hollywood and Route 6, the spot where the bridge will touch down.

Potential users for both sites have not been announced, but both land owners have sought special use permits for the sake of marketing the sites, said Planning Director Jim Torri.

Torri called the proposal for the Mound Road intersection “conceptual in nature. They don’t have a user that has committed to go there yet.”

Timber Hill Group out of Downers Grove is seeking a special use permit to allow a 24-hour truck stop on the 18.6-acre site.

The proposal includes a 9,600-square-foot convenience store with food, a fast-food drive-thru, separate fueling areas for cars and trucks, and parking stalls for 78 semitrailers and 52 automobiles.

PT Ferro Construction Co. in Joliet now owns the site and leases it to ComEd for a laydown yard, according to a staff report on the plan.

The staff report also states that the site is likely to be subdivided into two lots in the future with the west end being used for an unspecified truck-related project.

Access to the site would be allowed only from Mound Road because the site is near the I-80 interchange, the report says.

Bob Okon

Bob Okon

Bob Okon covers local government for The Herald-News