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Joliet’s competitive advantage for business development remains its location and associated transportation assets.

Interstate Highways

The City of Joliet is traversed by Interstate 55 and Interstate 80 providing easy access to national destinations. Our nearby access to Interstate 57 and Interstate 355 further augment access to markets.


Four class I railroads operate freight service within the City of Joliet. This includes Union Pacific, BNSF, CSX Transportation and Canadian National. Union Pacific and BNSF provide rail linkage to the CenterPoint Intermodal Facility, the largest inland port in North America.

U.S. Inland Waterway System

The Des Plaines River provides a waterway link for the shipment of raw materials and bulk products. The waterway system provides access to the Great Lakes, Illinois River and Mississippi River.


Joliet’s excellent interstate highway assets provide easy access to both of Chicago’s international airports. O’Hare Airport (ORD) is located 48 miles from Joliet, with an approximate travel time of 50 minutes. Midway International Airport (MDW) is located 33 miles from Joliet with an approximate travel time of 45 minutes. Lewis University Airport (LOT) is located 6 miles from Joliet, serving corporate and recreational aircraft. Joliet Regional Airport (JOT) is located within the community and is a public use facility operated by the Park District.



Joliet’s focus upon growth and business development has resulted in an unrivalled water and sewer utility system. Providing water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment to territory exceeding 40 square miles, the Joliet Department of Public Utilities is the largest in the State of Illinois. Facilities have been sized to meet the needs of our existing customers and to accommodate future growth. In a look to the future studies are underway to identify sustainable supplemental sources of water such as the Kankakee River or Lake Michigan.

At present, wells and water treatment plants are capable of providing 34.6 MGD with potential for an additional 1.4 MGD. Average daily water consumption within the City is approximately 18.7 MGD with a peak maximum daily demand of approximately 22.2 MGD. The City maintains water storage capacity of 16.5 MG. A five year, $36 million water main rehabilitation program is underway to maintain the system.

Wastewater treatment capacity is presently 35.4 MGD, which serves the City’s average daily flow of 28 MGD. Capacity will be further increased by 4.5 MGD by 2020.

Utility Facilities Map


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