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Indiana Department of Transportation   CORRECTION OF TIME*** INDOT ADA Advisory Group Meets in Gary on November 1

***CORRECTION: EVENT TIME 5:30PM TO 7:30PM (CST)

INDOT ADA Advisory Group Meets in GARY on November 1st

GENESIS CENTER, One Genesis Plaza

Gary, IN  46402

Meeting seeks public involvement regarding pedestrian accessibility issues  

The Indiana Department of Transportation will host the next meeting of its Americans with Disabilities Act Community Advisory Working Group from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at the Genesis Center, One Genesis Plaza, Gary, IN  46402.  The meeting is being held pursuant to Indiana’s Open Door Law and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend.  

The advisory group and the public have the opportunity to provide information and recommendations regarding INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan and means to improve accessibility to all INDOT programs and facilities. This includes efforts to increase the public involvement of persons with disabilities in transportation planning. 

INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan examines current facilities and services for barriers to access for persons with disabilities. INDOT uses this plan to quantify and prioritize changes that will bring its programs and practices into compliance with Title II of the ADA, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and all related statutes, regulations and directives. The document is available for review in Microsoft Word and PDF format on INDOT’s website under "Accessibility & Non-Discrimination" at http://www.in.gov/indot/3583.htm  

With advance notice, special accommodations will be made for individuals needing auxiliary aids or services of interpreters, signers, readers, or large print. Anyone with such needs should contact Rickie Clark with INDOT's Office of Public Involvement at 317-232-6601 or rclark@indot.in.gov

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new. Find links to INDOT’s Facebook and Twitter pages at www.in.gov/indot/3074.htm. 

About Next Level Roads

“In Indiana, the Crossroads of America is more than a motto; it’s our mission.”

– Governor Eric Holcomb

Next Level Roads is Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s initiative to elevate Indiana’s economic competitiveness and quality of life for all Hoosiers through investment in transportation infrastructure. This sustainable, data-driven plan dedicates more than $30 billion over the next 20 years to improving the conditions of existing roads and bridges – both state and local, finishing major projects, and building for the future. Next Level Roads is enhancing Indiana’s position as a leader in freight and logistics and empowering cities, towns and counties to build communities that attract jobs and talent. Learn more about Next Level Roads at in.gov/indot.

About the Indiana Department of Transportation

INDOT empowers businesses to deliver Indiana to the world and bring the world to Indiana by providing a transportation network that is second to none. The agency builds and maintains more than 28,000 lane miles of highway and 5,600 bridges, and provides oversight for 117 public aviation facilities and more than 4,000 miles of active rail lines. Indiana ranked as the #1 state in the U.S. for infrastructure in CNBC’s 2016 “Top States for Business” ranking.Learn more about INDOT at in.gov/indot.

10/13/2017 3:28 PM (Updated 10/14/2017 8:35 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   PIM for WI-67 Bridge Replacement

Public meeting for WI-67 Bridge Replacement over Bark River 

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will hold a Public Involvement Meeting (PIM) for the proposed replacement of the WI-67 bridge over the Bark River in Waukesha County.
 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall
36014 Sunset Drive
Dousman, WI 53118
 
Proposed Improvements:

  •     Full bridge replacement
  •     Adjustments to approach roadways to match new bridge profile
  •     Safety and operational improvements to WI-67 and Whitaker Lane intersection

The meeting will follow an informal, open house format with WisDOT representatives available to discuss the proposed project in detail. Brief presentations will be given at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to provide an overview of the project. Attendees may stop in at their convenience and view exhibits, meet with project staff, ask questions, and provide feedback. WisDOT encourages property and business owners, interested residents, and other stakeholders to attend the meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2018.
 
If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide feedback, please feel free to contact Project Manager Gary Metzer, at (262) 548-5685 or at

Gary.Metzer@dot.wi.gov

. Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Gary at 141 NW Barstow Street, P.O. Box 798, Waukesha, WI 53187. Citizens who require an interpreter may request one by contacting Gary at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (Dial 711).

10/11/2017 6:22 PM (Updated 10/13/2017 11:13 AM)

Illinois State Police logo   Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Checks to be Conducted

The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 15, will conduct Roadside Safety Checks (RSC) in Cook and DuPage counties during the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. According to Commander Robert Meeder, the Roadside Safety Checks will be conducted on October 20, 2017, on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) at the Halsted Street Toll Plaza (Plaza 47A) and on October 27 and 28, 2017, on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) at the Meyers Road Toll Plaza. (Plaza 52).

The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois. Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages or driving under the influence (DUI).

Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road. This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

10/11/2017 11:01 AM (Updated 10/11/2017 12:17 PM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Public Invited To Provide Feedback On Future US-212 Improvement Project In Norwood Young America

2020 construction will resurface the road and improve accessibility

Residents and business owners are invited to take part in an online survey to help MnDOT better understand the community’s values and priorities on US-212 in Norwood Young America 

The survey may take up to 10 minutes to complete and could help shape the upcoming construction project on US-212 that is scheduled for 2020.

The survey will be open Oct. 10, 2017, and will remain open through Oct. 31, 2017.

For more information about the upcoming project visit the project website at: mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy212NYA

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

10/10/2017 4:18 PM (Updated 10/14/2017 8:47 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   INDOT Announces Call for Rural Local Projects

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that rural cities, towns and counties may begin submitting project applications next week for an estimated $80 to 100 million in federal transportation funding.

Metropolitan Planning Organizations distribute federal highway funds to cities, towns and counties within the state’s larger urbanized areas while INDOT distributes funds outside MPO areas. For this latest round of funding, rural communities would design, develop and purchase land for projects that would be bid during the next 4-5 years.

As part of the call for project applications, $5 million in federal funding will be made available for sidewalk improvements in rural communities.

More information about the call for rural projects is online at www.in.gov/indot/2390.htm.

Stay Informed

Motorists can learn about highway work zones and other traffic alerts at indot.carsprogram.org, 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or 511 from a mobile phone.

Subscribe to receive text and email alerts about INDOT projects at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/INDOT/subscriber/new. Find links to INDOT’s Facebook and Twitter pages at www.in.gov/indot/3074.htm.

About Next Level Roads
“In Indiana, the Crossroads of America is more than a motto; it’s our mission.” – Governor Eric Holcomb

Next Level Roads is Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s initiative to elevate Indiana’s economic competitiveness and quality of life for all Hoosiers through investment in transportation infrastructure. This sustainable, data-driven plan dedicates more than $30 billion over the next 20 years to improving the conditions of existing roads and bridges – both state and local, finishing major projects, and building for the future. Next Level Roads is enhancing Indiana’s position as a leader in freight and logistics and empowering cities, towns and counties to build communities that attract jobs and talent. Learn more about Next Level Roads at in.gov/indot.

About the Indiana Department of Transportation
INDOT empowers businesses to deliver Indiana to the world and bring the world to Indiana by providing a transportation network that is second to none. The agency builds and maintains more than 28,000 lane miles of highway and 5,600 bridges, and provides oversight for 117 public aviation facilities and more than 4,000 miles of active rail lines. Indiana ranked as the #1 state in the U.S. for infrastructure in CNBC’s 2016 “Top States for Business” ranking.Learn more about INDOT at in.gov/indot.

Media Contact
Scott Manning
317-233-9866
smanning1@indot.in.gov
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10/6/2017 9:20 AM (Updated 10/10/2017 12:12 PM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   September Traffic Fatalities

WisDOT: Preliminary data shows last month was the safest September on public roadways since the end of World War II

Preliminary data from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) indicates that 41 people died in Wisconsin traffic crashes last month, making it the safest September in terms of traffic deaths since the end of World War II.

Traffic fatalities last month were six fewer than September of 2016 and 16 fewer compared to the five-year average for September. The deadliest September occurred in 1973 with 116 deaths.

Over the first nine months of this year, a total of 438 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes, including 65 motorcyclists, 44 pedestrians and three bicyclists. Traffic deaths through September were one less compared to the same period last year and 19 more than the five-year average.

“As we head into the fall season, motorists will need to be aware of decreasing hours of daylight, the potential for inclement weather and increased deer activity along roadways,” said David Pabst, Director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “So we’re reminding all drivers and passengers to buckle up, travel at a safe, appropriate speed, set aside the cell phone when you’re behind the wheel and stay focused on what’s happening around you.”

NOTE: View this news release online at the WisDOT Newsroom: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/about-wisdot/newsroom/default.aspx.

10/4/2017 7:25 PM (Updated 10/7/2017 9:33 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Traffic Congestion In The Twin Cities Metro Area Holds Steady

Traffic on Twin Cities’ metropolitan area freeways held steady this past year, as congestion increased just .3 percent from 2015 to 2016 according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Metropolitan Freeway System Congestion Report.

The report, prepared annually by MnDOT’s Regional Transportation Management Center, shows roads are generally more congested between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. than between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; however, the periods of congestion during the p.m. last longer. The slight increase is below MnDOT’s 10-year projection for congestion increase. Congestion is defined as freeway traffic flowing at speeds less than 45 miles per hour (mph) and does not include delays that may occur at speeds greater than 45 mph.

“Construction, increasing population, a growing economy, gas prices, and the number vehicle miles traveled are all factors that affect congestion,” said Brian Kary, RTMC Director of Traffic Operations. “The department employs a number of strategies to alleviate congestion and provide a transportation system that allows residents, workers, and visitors to move efficiently. Those strategies include MnPASS Express Lanes, additional roadway investments in key areas and the use of technology on ramp meters, signal coordination and transit advantage lanes.”

Projects addressing congestion include:

  • A MnPASS Express Lane constructed on I-35E between Cayuga Street in St. Paul and County Road J in White Bear Lake, completed in 2016.
  • Additional general purpose lanes on I-494 between Maple Grove and Plymouth completed in 2016 and on I-694 between Rice Street in and Lexington Avenue, complete fall 2017.
  • The St. Croix Crossing on Highway 36 between Oak Park Heights and St. Joseph, Wisconsin will carry between 30,000 and 40,000 vehicles each day. The new crossing will reduce congestion and boost economic development in the region. The St. Croix Crossing opened Aug. 2.
  • Extended acceleration and deceleration lanes on Highway 100 through St. Louis Park allowing motorists to safely access the highway and local roads, 2016.
  • Preserved more than 337 miles of bus shoulders throughout the Twin Cities Metro area, 2016-2017.

 Future projects include:

  • A new MnPASS lane on I-35W north between Highway 36 in Roseville and Sunset Avenue in Lino Lakes beginning in 2018.
  • A four year project on I-35W Lake Street between 43rd Street and 15th Street in Minneapolis that includes adding MnPASS lanes, a transit station and additional access to the region, began late summer 2017.
  • A bridge and pavement repair project that includes adding auxiliary lanes to I-494 in South St. Paul to Inver Grove Heights beginning in 2018.

 In addition, MnDOT actively manages traffic through the use of technology:

  • Ramp meters – operating only when needed, ramp meters are traffic signals on highway entrance ramps that manage the flow of traffic onto a highway. Ramp meters are designed and proven to, reduce crashes, reduce congestion and provide more reliable travel times.
  • Freeway Incident Response Safety Team (FIRST) - the FIRST program helps minimize congestion and prevent secondary crashes by quickly removing stalled vehicles from the freeway, providing traffic control at crash scenes, and removing crash debris from the road. FIRST patrols 220 miles of freeways in the Twin Cities Metro area.
  • Coordinating signals and traffic lights on roads that provide access to major highways.
  • Real-time travel information – motorists can call 511 or access www.511mn.org, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to get information about road conditions, traffic incidents, commercial vehicle restrictions, and weather information.
  • Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC) - located in Roseville, the RTMC is where State Patrol, MnDOT Maintenance, and MnDOT Freeway Operations work together to quickly detect, respond to and remove incidents off of the freeway.

 MnDOT gathers congestion data through detectors located in the roads and through field observations. For the 2016 congestion report, the Regional Transportation Management Center collected data from 3,500 detectors rooted in the road (there are 5,500 surveillance detectors, which includes ramps) on Twin Cities’ freeways. The traffic information was collected in October 2016, a month that has the most typical traffic patterns.

10/4/2017 9:41 AM (Updated 10/10/2017 12:12 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Public Hearing for 55th Street Improvements in Countryside

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host a public hearing Oct. 26 to obtain public input on the proposed improvements to 55th Street from LaGrange Road (U.S. 12/20/45) to East Avenue, in the City of Countryside.

The public hearing will be in an open-house format at the following time and location:

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 4 – 7 p.m.           

Where: Countryside City Hall, 5550 East Avenue, Countryside, IL 60525

The purpose of the hearing is to present and obtain public input on the project’s scope of work. The project would include widening and resurfacing of 55th Street between LaGrange Road and East Avenue. It also includes intersection improvements, as well as bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

Exhibits will be on display and an audio-visual presentation will be shown continuously during the hearing. Project team members will be present to discuss the project and answer questions. A public forum will take place at 6 p.m., when the public will be invited to give statements to a court reporter. Written comments can be submitted at the meeting, mailed after the meeting or submitted to the project email at DOT.55thStreet@illinois.gov. Comments received by November 19, 2017 will become part of the official public hearing record.

This meeting will be accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Anyone needing special assistance should contact Ms. Amruta Mate at (847) 705-4330.  Persons planning to attend who will need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify IDOT's TTY/TDD number (800) 526-0844 or 711; TTY users (Spanish) (800) 501-0864 or 711; and Telebraille (877) 526-6670 at least five days prior to the meeting.  For more information please visit www.dot.il.gov

9/29/2017 12:40 PM (Updated 10/10/2017 12:02 PM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   State Patrol Officers Recognized

During an annual awards ceremony held at the State Capitol Wednesday, Governor Scott Walker recognized Wisconsin State Patrol officers for exemplary public service. 

“Every day, across our state and nation, law enforcement officers and other emergency responders risk their lives to serve and protect the public,” Governor Walker said. “This annual awards ceremony is an opportunity to recognize Wisconsin State Patrol officers that have demonstrated extraordinary courage and compassion in the course of their duties.” 

The following individuals were honored: 

· Trooper James Kitowski of Wisconsin Rapids and Trooper Mitch Butterbrodt of Beaver Dam (Lifesaving Award) - On February 4, 2017, Troopers Kitowski and Butterbrodt assisted with stopping a driver following a high-speed pursuit in Portage County. When the driver attempted suicide by cutting his throat, Trooper Kitowski applied pressure to minimize the bleeding while Trooper Butterbrodt provided chest compressions. Once stabilized, the driver was transported to an area hospital, underwent surgery and survived the incident. 

· Trooper Keegan Williams (Lifesaving Award) - On December 22, 2016, Trooper Williams responded to a 911 call regarding an unresponsive female along I-94 in Jefferson County. He observed a female lying on the ground as her husband performed CPR. After instructing the husband to return to his vehicle to comfort his children, Trooper Williams performed CPR for nearly seven minutes until a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputy and EMS personnel used an automatic defibrillator device to deliver an electrical shock to the victim. The female was transported to a hospital and made a full recovery. 

· Trooper Carl Rowan of Black River Falls (Lifesaving Award) – On July 4, 2017, Trooper Rowan responded to a rest area along I-94 in Jackson County for a report of a person having a seizure. He was directed to an unresponsive female lying in the sleeper berth of a semi unit. After determining the person was pulseless and not breathing, Trooper Rowan immediately began CPR and assisted EMS personnel in transporting the patient to a hospital. 

· Trooper Jamie Kahkola of Green Bay (Lifesaving Award) - On April 18, 2017, Trooper Kahkola came upon a pulseless, non-breathing male who had jumped from the WIS 21 Wisconsin River Bridge in Adams County. With the help of bystanders, Trooper Kahkola performed CPR for about seven minutes until relieved by EMS personnel who delivered two shocks to the subject using an automatic defibrillator. The person’s heartbeat was restored and he was transported from the scene by ambulance. 

· Trooper Jamie Kahkola of Green Bay (Meritorious Service Award) - On April 5, 2017, Trooper Kahkola responded to the Leo Frigo Bridge over the Fox River in Brown County for a report of a suicidal female. As Trooper Kahkola approached the woman, she stepped over the side of the bridge onto a steel beam and resisted the trooper’s attempts to pull her back to safety. As Trooper Kahkola maintained a dialogue with the woman, other emergency responders arrived including Green Bay Fire Department personnel who positioned a boat in the water below the bridge. Eventually, the woman jumped, but rescuers pulled her from the water in less than a minute and transferred her to a waiting rescue vehicle. The woman was transported to the hospital to recover. 

· Several State Patrol officers received Commendable Service Awards for their roles in planning and overseeing the U.S. Open Golf Championship held at Erin Hills in Washington County from June 12 - 19, 2017. The event attracted over 200,000 spectators, some 5,000 volunteers, generated an estimated $120 million economic impact and received a Level 3 Security Assessment rating from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The comprehensive effort to manage traffic, mitigate incidents and develop emergency routing resulted in one of the largest deployments of Wisconsin State Patrol personnel in its history. For their roles in the event, awards went to: 

o Captain Timothy Carnahan, SE Region, (Incident Commander)

o Lieutenant Nate Clarke, SE Region, (Deputy Incident Commander)

o Lieutenant Christopher Jushka, SE Region, (Logistics Section Chief)

o Lieutenant Craig Lindgren, SW Region Post, (Planning Section Chief)

o Lieutenant Les Mlsna, NW Region, (Deputy Planning Section Chief)

o Sergeant Scott Zovar, SE Region, (Operations Section Chief)

o Sergeant Scott Gouin, SW Region, (Deputy Operations Section Chief)

o Sergeant Daniel Steele, DSP Academy, (Deputy Logistics Section Chief) 

· Trooper Steven Frantal of Wisconsin Dells and Trooper Sou Xiong of La Crosse, (Commendable Service Awards) – Following the tragic line-of-duty death of Trooper Anthony Borostowski on April 11, 2017, Troopers Frantal and Xiong were assigned as Family Liaison Officers to provide support for the Borostowski family. This included assisting the family with funeral preparations and transporting family members to various ceremonies. Trooper Frantal previously served as Trooper Borostowski’s field training officer and Trooper Xiong served as his sector partner. 

· Trooper Anthony Borostowski of Tomah, (Purple Heart) – The Purple Heart was posthumously presented to the family of Trooper Borostowski for injuries received in the line of duty. While on patrol along I-90/94 in Sauk County on April 11, 2017, Trooper Borostowski’s patrol vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. He is the seventh officer to die in the line of the duty while serving in the Wisconsin State Patrol. In September of 2015, Trooper Borostowski (and Trooper Frantal) received State Patrol Lifesaving Awards for successfully performing CPR on a male subject who was not breathing and had no pulse at a residence in New Lisbon. 

NOTE TO MEDIA: Digital photos of the recipients receiving their award are available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6Vf4oaltE_9QTJvS3E3QWdNOTg?usp=sharing

9/28/2017 10:49 AM (Updated 10/2/2017 3:54 PM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   WisDOT Reminds Motorists To Watch For Deer

As deer activity increases, motorists urged to slow down, be alert

Motorcyclists asked to be especially cautious

Over the next few months, motorists across Wisconsin will need to be especially alert for the potential of deer to dart suddenly across roadways. Traffic safety officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) note that deer/vehicle crashes typically peak during October and November as bucks pursue potential mates.

“The best way for motorists to protect themselves and avoid hitting a deer is to buckle up, slow down and carefully scan the road ahead,” said David Pabst, Director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Deer can be spotted any time of day, but are most active at dusk and dawn. And if you see one deer cross your path, expect more to follow.”

Last year, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies reported 20,413 crashes between deer and motor vehicles. Dane County had the most with 1,006, followed by Waukesha County with 871 and Washington County with 766. In Green Lake, Kewaunee, Shawano, Vernon, and Waupaca counties, more than half of all reported crashes in 2016 involved deer. A county-by-county breakdown of deer/vehicle crashes in Wisconsin last year is available on the WisDOT website.

“If you can’t avoid a deer in your path, the safest option is to hit the brakes and the deer,” Pabst said. “If you swerve suddenly, you can lose control and then you risk a more serious collision with another vehicle or a stationary object such as a tree or utility pole.”

The one exception to the “don’t swerve” recommendation applies to motorcyclists. Motorcycle drivers should slow down, brake firmly and swerve if necessary to avoid hitting the deer. Motorcyclists should try to stay within their driving lane to avoid hitting other vehicles or objects. Of the 11 deaths in deer/vehicle crashes in Wisconsin last year, all were motorcyclists.

Tips to avoid deer crashes

  • Slow down and eliminate distractions.
  • Always wear your safety belt - there are fewer and less severe injuries in crashes when all vehicle occupants wear safety belts.
  • Be especially vigilant in early morning and evening hours when deer are most active.
  • If you see a deer along the road, slow down and blow your horn with one long blast to frighten the animal away.
  • When one deer appears, look for more. Deer seldom run alone.
  • If you find a deer looming in your headlights, don't expect it to move away.
    • Headlights can confuse a deer and cause the animal to freeze.
    • Brake firmly when you notice a deer in or near your path.
  • Do not swerve.
    • Swerving can confuse the deer as to where to run, and can also cause you to lose control of your vehicle and result in a much more serious crash.
    • The one exception is if you are operating a motorcycle, in which case you should slow down, brake firmly and then swerve if necessary to avoid hitting the deer. Try to stay within your lane if at all possible to avoid hitting other objects.
  • If you do hit a deer:
    • Get your vehicle safely off the road if possible and call law enforcement.
    • It’s generally safest to stay buckled-up inside your vehicle. Walking along the highway is very dangerous as you could be struck by another vehicle.
    • Don’t attempt to move an injured deer.
9/27/2017 10:07 AM (Updated 9/30/2017 8:48 AM)

City of Chicago logo   Chicago Bridge Lift Schedule Fall 2017

Each year, in the spring and fall, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) raises the movable bridges along the main and South Branches of the Chicago River on a twice weekly schedule on most Saturdays and Wednesdays for about eight weeks to accommodate the movement of recreational sail boats traveling to their storage yards.

“As the new season begins, CDOT is ready to help sailors move their boats from the Lake to their winter storage yards,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld, who also serves as Chicago’s Harbor Master and has jurisdiction over the city’s waterways. “CDOT works with local boat storage yards to create a schedule that accommodates boats while minimizing the impact on downtown street traffic.”

During these “boat runs,” the bridges are raised sequentially, typically one at a time. Each bridge lift takes an average of 8-12 minutes. While the bridge is in the upright position, traffic is halted. Drivers may use alternate streets or wait until the bridge is lowered. A list of streets, from Lake Shore Drive to the end of the South Branch is below.

A total of 27 bridges will be lifted in succession from Lake Shore Drive to Ashland Avenue Bridge on the South Branch of the Chicago River. If no boat owners make arrangements to move their boats on a scheduled day, the bridges will not be lifted.

The streets affected by the bridge lifts are: Lake Shore Drive, Columbus Dr., Michigan Ave., Wabash Ave., State St., Dearborn St., Clark St., La Salle St., Wells St., Franklin St., Lake St., Randolph St., Washington St., Madison St., Monroe St., Adams St., Jackson Blvd., Van Buren St., Congress Pkwy., Harrison St., Roosevelt Rd., 18th St., Canal St., Cermak Ave., Halsted St., Loomis Ave., and Ashland Ave.

The Fall 2017 bridge lift schedule is as follows:

    Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 9:30 a.m.
    Saturday, Oct. 21 at 9 a.m.
    Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 9:30 a.m.
    Saturday, Oct. 28 at 9 a.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 9:30 a.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m.

9/23/2017 10:40 AM (Updated 10/16/2017 9:13 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Safety Improvement Project in Kane County

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that a safety improvement project continues at various locations in Kane County. The project includes construction of pedestrian ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Beginning this week, construction of new pedestrian ramps will continue at the following locations. Daily lane closures will be necessary when construction activities are taking place.

  • IL-64 at Renaux Boulevard in St. Charles
  • IL-64 at New Peck Road in St. Charles
  • IL-64 at Kirk Road in St. Charles
  • IL-31 at Timbers Trail in St. Charles
  • IL-31 at Viewpointe Drive in St. Charles
  • IL-31 at Kellar Place in St. Charles
  • IL-31 at Horne Street in St. Charles
  • IL-25 at Webster Street in Batavia
  • IL-25 at Adams Street in Batavia
  • IL-25 at Laurel Street in Batavia

Beginning the week of August 8, construction of new pedestrian ramps will begin at the following locations. Daily lane closures will be necessary when construction activities are taking place.

  • IL-25 at Long Avenue in North Auro
  • IL-56 at Laurel Drive in North Aurora
  • IL-56 at Banbury Road in North Aurora
  • IL-31 at Marvo Street in North Aurora
  • IL-31 at John Street in North Aurora
  • IL-31 at Airport Road in North Aurora
  • US-30 at Gordon Road in Montgomery

Additional locations will be announced as construction progresses. The overall project will be completed in Fall 2017.

These locations are part of the second stage of the project. Additional locations will be announced as construction progresses. The overall project will be completed in Fall 2017.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1.

5/30/2017 11:31 AM (Updated 7/30/2017 12:58 PM)

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 logo   Keep Us Alive Drive 45

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 is our commitment to keep workers and motorists safe in work zones. Each year, many people are killed in construction zone accidents, both commuters and workers. Please abide the posted speed limit in work zones. When workers are present, it's 45 M.P.H. - It's The Law.

Join us in our pledge to increase awareness and promote safe driving in our work zones by displaying an orange ribbon. Together we can make our roadways a safer place to commute and work. With your help, we can see to it that a construction zone is not an end zone.

8/21/2006 12:00 AM (Updated 1/21/2015 10:29 AM)
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