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GLRTOC logo   The Travel Midwest Alerts System

As part of its effort to provide more valuable and concise real-time traveler information to the motoring public, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces the availability of the Travel Midwest Alerts System (TMAS). The TMAS is a free service which provides email notifications for up to date traffic information on user-selected trips along the expressways in the Travel Midwest coverage area.  The TMAS replaces the less comprehensive Illinois Traffic Alert System (ITAS) legacy product that was initially deployed in 2006.

The TMAS provides users the capability to select one or more trips using the Travel Midwest Trip Report and then create an account to receive traffic information along that trip. The email format, the days and times on which the user receives alerts, and the type of traffic information for each trip are customizable. The user can also give a period during which alerts will not be sent (e.g., for a vacation) and a speed threshold so that alerts are sent only when the speed is below that value. Once a user has created an Alerts System account, trips and their alert preferences can be added, modified, or deleted at any time. The customized trip option provides a valuable enhancement for both regular commuters and the discretionary traveler.

For more detail on defining trips and registering for email alerts, see the Travel Midwest Trips and Alerts Help page.

12/20/2016 4:28 PM (Updated 12/31/2016 8:34 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IDOT Funds Massive Safety Project in Chicago
CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today the letting of an important safety improvement project in the south side of Chicago that will reconstruct more than 860 ramps to make them compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, a major overhaul that will enhance safety and accessibility in the city.

"This project is a crucial step toward IDOT's vision of creating a truly multi-modal transportation system accessible to all," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with the City of Chicago to provide safe and comfortable pedestrian facilities to everyone, especially our most vulnerable residents."

The $7 million in state funds will provide equal opportunities for residents with disabilities and make it easier for them to access their daily needs. It will build connections between neighborhoods and deliver safer links to other modes of transportation like trains and buses.

Construction will take place in the spring at more than 860 ramp locations and 360 intersections in the south side of Chicago, totaling more than 34 miles of sidewalk improvements. The scope of the project includes removal and replacement of sidewalk, curb and gutter. The project also includes resurfacing, landscape restoration and new pavement markings.
Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT's District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at

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1/20/2017 3:57 PM (Updated 1/20/2017 3:57 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   I-55 Managed Lane Project in Hands of General Assembly

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today the refiling of the joint resolution to advance the I-55 Managed Lane project as a possible public-private partnership (P3) that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Illinois infrastructure at minimal cost to taxpayers, create thousands of jobs and reduce congestion in one of the state’s critical travel corridors. In order to keep the project on track and the procurement process alive, the resolution must be passed by the General Assembly in the next few weeks.

“Without the passage of the joint resolution, the I-55 Managed Lane project will be shelved and a tremendous opportunity to rebuild a key piece of our transportation system will be lost,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Too much is at stake for continued inaction. This project enjoys widespread support and will help keep Illinois as the transportation hub of North America.”

Today’s joint resolution was filed by House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

“Heavy congestion along I-55 at all hours of day and night is frustrating and a real safety concern for drivers heading in and out of Chicago,” Durkin said. “This resolution gives IDOT the authority to work with private partners to develop and build a managed car lane for the Stevenson Expressway that improves travel times for drivers while protecting Illinois taxpayers.”

The managed lane project cannot be accomplished using traditional financing and existing revenues. Construction for the project is estimated at more than $400 million over two years. In exchange for private investment in the project, possible toll revenues and P3 financing sources would be available to pay for construction, operation, and maintenance costs.

“This region has seen explosive growth in the past decade, but that has increased traffic on the Stevenson,” Sandoval said. “Allowing IDOT to explore a public-private partnership will be a win for taxpayers and drivers. I'm committed to find new ways to relieve congestion on this important corridor for Illinois.”

The project would add a tolled express lane in both directions to the expressway’s existing median between Interstate 355 and Interstate 90/94, reducing congestion and making travel throughout the region more efficient. The 25-mile stretch accommodates 170,000 vehicles a day, with about 15 percent trucks, making it one of the most important commuting and freight corridors in the state.

There has been significant interest in the project from local and international firms, with 17 interviews with IDOT in response to a formal Request for Information (RFI) that was filed in the fall. The enthusiastic response from project developers further demonstrates the value in the project as well as the strong desire from firms to work with Illinois in creating a plan to save taxpayers time and money.

More information on the project can be found at

1/19/2017 3:26 PM (Updated 1/20/2017 11:35 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Open house for High Bridge project in St. Paul set for Feb. 7

High Bridge deck reconstruction set to begin in fall 2017

The public is invited to provide input on aesthetic design options associated with the Smith Avenue High Bridge deck in St. Paul at a community gathering scheduled for Feb. 7.

The open house will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. in the community room at Bad Weather Brewery, 414 West Seventh Street in St. Paul.

The focus of the open house will be on the Smith Avenue High Bridge deck aesthetics. Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and project staff will be on hand to answer questions and gather input.

The deck of the Smith Avenue High Bridge will be reconstructed as part of a larger project on Smith Avenue and Dodd Road, also known as Highway 149. Construction on the bridge deck will begin in fall 2017. Additional work on the larger project includes:

·        Resurfacing Smith Avenue and Dodd Road—MN-149—between West 7th Street in St. Paul and I-494 in Mendota Heights.

·        Improving drainage, sidewalks and pedestrian accessibility.

·        Replacing signals at five MN-149 intersections.

·        Constructing an additional left turn lane from westbound I-494 to southbound Dodd Road in Mendota Heights.

The project will extend the lifespan of MN-149 and the High Bridge, and provide a smoother road surface and improved ride for motorists.

This work is expected to result in the complete closure of the High Bridge for one year.

Please visit the project website for upcoming event dates and times, in addition to project updates, at

1/18/2017 11:48 AM (Updated 1/20/2017 11:41 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Public Meeting Set for WI-190 (Capitol Drive)

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is announcing a public involvement meeting to discuss proposed improvements for a segment of WI-190 (Capitol Drive), between County F and Brookfield Road, in Waukesha County. The meeting will take place at the City of Brookfield-Public Safety Building Court Room, 2100 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield, WI 53005 on Wednesday, January 25, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Please note that the meeting will be conducted in an open house format. No formal presentation will be given. The objective of this meeting is to familiarize the public with the purpose and need for the project and to obtain input on the proposed improvements. Representatives of WisDOT will be available to discuss the proposed project and address any questions or concerns.
The purpose of the project is to rehabilitate WI-190 and improve traffic operations in the project corridor. The proposed rehabilitation consists of milling the existing asphalt, base patching the underlying concrete pavement, and providing a new 4-inch asphalt overlay. It also includes replacing the existing bridges over the Fox River, overlaying the eastbound structure over Duplainville Road, replacing traffic signals at Springdale Road and Barker Road, and turn lane improvements. These improvements will extend the life of the existing pavement, will increase the safety of turning maneuvers and improve access throughout the corridor.
Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2018.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, or would like more information, please contact Brian Pluemer, WisDOT project manager, at (262) 548-6721 or by email at Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Brian Pluemer, 141 NW Barstow Street, P.O. Box 798, Waukesha, WI 53187-0798.

Citizens who require an interpreter may request one by contacting Brian Pluemer at (262) 548-6721 to make arrangements. This number is not a TDD telephone. TDD calls may be placed through the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (dial 711).

1/13/2017 11:25 AM (Updated 1/20/2017 11:42 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   You're Invited to the I-290 Public Hearings - January 25th and 26th, 2017