Vulcan seeking to expand its Laraway Quarry in Joliet gets first-round approval

Kerry Clines

February 22, 2018

On Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, the Joliet Plan Commission unanimously approved an agreement for the annexation and zoning of 18 acres at Brandon and Zurich roads that Vulcan Materials is seeking to expand its Laraway Quarry in Joliet, The Herald-News reports. It now goes to the Joliet City Council for approval.

Vulcan’s attorney, Michael Hansen, told the news agency that the company would likely expand operations to the new area in 2020. “They need the space,” he said. “It’s available.”

The proposed expansion area will feature a 20-foot-tall berm, so it will not be visible from the street, and because of its close proximity to Laraway School, operating restrictions in a 1994 annexation agreement between Joliet and Vulcan would apply to the expanded area. Those restrictions include: 


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  • No blasting within 500 feet of a school building or dwelling;
  • No blasting during school hours;
  • No blasting on nonschool days before 1 p.m. or after 5 p.m.;
  • No blasting on holidays; and
  • No mining within 200 feet of a road.

The city receives a minimum royalty of $50,000 a year, plus additional royalty based on sales.

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