An interchange and dreams of one single metro area

While the highway gets all the attention, it's what comes after the construction of the Interstate 57 interchange in Bourbonnais that likely will transform this region.

A study conducted by Ratio, of Indianapolis, could be released to Bourbonnais as early as this coming week and will outline in general terms the future development of some 2,300 acres from west of U.S. Route 45/52 to east along Illinois Route 50 in and around the area of 6000N Road.

"This will literally have a significant impact on three communities — Bourbonnais, Bradley and Manteno — for years to come," said Laura Wimberly, Bourbonnais' assistant village administrator, who is helping guide this project.