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Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Agenda Released For Upcoming Community Workshops On The Future Of Highway 252/Interstate 94 in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis

Roseville, Minn. -- The public is invited to attend one of two open houses next week to learn about ideas to reduce congestion and improve safety and reliability on Highway 252 between Highway 610 in Brooklyn Park and I-694 in Brooklyn Center and on I-94 from I-694 in Brooklyn Center to downtown Minneapolis. With the public’s input, the cities of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis, along with Hennepin County and MnDOT will evaluate possible transportation solutions during the environmental process before moving forward with a preliminary design.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about previous studies and the current project proposal, explore possible solutions and share thoughts, ideas and concerns for this corridor.

The same information will be shared at each workshop.

Community Workshop agenda (Each workshop will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m.)

Presentation: 5:45 to 6:00 p.m.

Facilitated activities & discussion: 6:00-6:45 p.m.

Boards, Mapping and Conversations with project staff: 6:45-7:30 p.m.

*Snacks and activities for children will be provided.

Brooklyn Park Community Workshop

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Grand Room, Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center
5600 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN  55442

Brooklyn Center Community Workshop

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Constitution Hall, Brooklyn Center Community Center
6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Citizens who cannot attend a workshop will be able to review the workshop materials and provide input through the online survey and interactive map, which will be available by June 1st.

For more information about the project or to sign up for email updates during the study, please visit www.www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy252study/.

5/25/2018 5:30 PM (Updated 5/25/2018 5:30 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Press Release: Public meeting set for WI-20 Resurfacing

Public meeting set for WI-20 resurfacing in Racine County
Open house on upcoming construction activity

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is preparing to resurface WI-20 (Washington Avenue) in the city of Racine. The roadway will be resurfaced from West Boulevard to Marquette Street. Prior to construction, the project team will be hosting a public involvement meeting to discuss the project’s scope and schedule.

Meeting Details:
Monday, June 4
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Racine City Hall – Room 303
730 Washington Avenue, Racine, WI 53403

Proposed Improvements

Resurface approximately 1.5-miles of WI-20 (Washington Avenue)
New curb ramps throughout the corridor

The meeting will follow an informal, open house format with WisDOT representatives available to discuss the proposed project in detail. WisDOT encourages property and business owners, interested residents, and other stakeholders to attended the meeting and to ask questions. If you are unable to attend and would like more information, please contact WisDOT Construction Project Manager, Brian Boothby at (414) 416-9536 or 
Brian.Boothby@dot.wi.gov

5/24/2018 10:01 AM (Updated 5/25/2018 5:57 PM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   WisDOT Memorial Day Holiday Overview

Memorial Day weekend travelers asked to plan ahead, buckle up, be patient and safe
While most highway construction is being put on hold, motorists will likely encounter work zones requiring reduced speed, extra caution

To enhance traffic flow and accommodate higher traffic volumes expected over the Memorial Day weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will temporarily halt construction work on many highway improvement projects across the state. Although workers will open as many highway lanes as possible, motorists should still allow extra travel time and expect slower traffic in work zones and during peak travel periods.

Construction in most highway work zones will stop by noon on Friday, May 25, and will not resume until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. Peak travel times for the holiday weekend are expected to occur between noon and 8 p.m. on both Friday, May 25, and Monday, May 28.

“For the safety of motorists and workers, most highway construction is being put on hold for the holiday weekend, but drivers will still need to be patient and alert for slowing traffic, especially in work zones,” said WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross. “The State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be out enforcing traffic laws and assisting stranded motorists. We’re asking all motorists to plan ahead, buckle up, watch their speed and celebrate responsibly.”

To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries, law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin are watching for unbuckled motorists as part of the Click It or Ticket mobilization that continues through June 3rd. Other important traffic safety reminders:

  • Posted speed limits apply to ideal travel conditions. Drivers are required to slow to a “reasonable and prudent” speed based on weather and traffic conditions. 
  • State law allows law enforcement to stop and cite motorists for failing to wear a safety belt. Drivers can also be cited for every unbuckled passenger in their vehicle. Penalties are higher for transporting unrestrained children. 
  • Except for emergencies, it is illegal in Wisconsin for drivers to use a handheld mobile device in work zones. Texting while driving is prohibited at all times. 
  • The state’s Move Over law requires drivers to slow down or shift lanes when coming upon emergency response vehicles stopped along a roadway with warning lights flashing. This includes police and fire vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles. 

Significant road construction projects that may impact Memorial Day weekend travel: 

  • Milwaukee County: work continues on the Zoo Interchange project with a new traffic pattern in place. Closures include the system ramp from I-94 westbound to I-41/894 southbound. Access to I-94 westbound is restricted at 84th Street. The ramp remains open for traffic going to I-94 westbound or I-41 northbound. Various other on and off ramps remain under construction with detours posted. 
  • Milwaukee County: there is ongoing work along I-94 and the Marquette Interchange. Lane and ramp restrictions are in place on the High Rise/Valley Bridge. The ramp from I-94 eastbound to head southbound over the bridge is closed with a detour using the nearby Hoan Bridge (I-794). 
  • Milwaukee County: ongoing work along I-894 between 84th St. and National Ave. A traffic shift is in place, along with a lane closed from I-43 northbound to I-894 northbound in the Hale Interchange. 
  • I-94 in Kenosha and Racine counties has impacts from the I-94 North-South project and local work due to the Foxconn development. Northbound lanes have only minimal ongoing work and no lane restrictions. Southbound I-94 is down to two lanes at CR-G in Racine County. Extensive delays are anticipated both Sunday and Monday as motorists return from up north. A reduced speed limit is in place for the southbound lanes between CR-G and WI-142 in Kenosha County. 
  • Racine County: US-45 north of Union Grove is closed to traffic as the roadway is reconstructed. Detours are posted. 
  • Walworth County: WI-67 is closed to through traffic between Williams Bay and Elkhorn near the Lake Geneva Area. A detour route is posted along I-43 and WI-50. 
  • Walworth County: work along WI-120 near Lake Geneva will require a 30-day closure of the US-12 interchange ramps beginning May 29. Motorists are being detoured to the nearby WI-50 interchange. 
  • Dane and Rock counties: motorists on I-39/90 should be alert for lane shifts and crossovers. 
  • Dane County: Verona Road (US-18/151): motorists should be alert for lane shifts and reduced speeds. 
  • US-151 in Dane and Columbia counties: traffic is shifted and reduced to two lanes of traffic between Sun Prairie and Columbus.  
  • I-41 near US 10 in Winnebago County: northbound and southbound lanes of I-41 are reduced to two lanes in each direction and have a 55 mph speed reduction and lane shifts throughout the WI-441 Tri-Project work zone. Eastbound and westbound US-10 also have reduced lanes and lane shifts with a 55 mph speed reduction through the work zone. 
  • Winnebago County: WI-116 in the village of Omro and the village of Winneconne is closed and detoured. The Omro detour route includes WI-21 to I-41 to US-45; the Winneconne detour route includes US-45 to US-41 to WI-21. 
  • Manitowoc County: US-10 is closed and detoured in the village of Whitelaw. The detour route includes I-43 to US-151 and CR-W. 
  • Winnebago, Calumet and Outagamie counties: eastbound and westbound US-10 have reduced lanes and lane shifts with a 55 mph speed reduction throughout the WI-441 work zone. 
  • Brown County: northbound and southbound lanes of US-41/US 141 at the CR-B interchange in the village of Suamico have reduced speeds (55 mph) and lane shifts. 
  • Waupaca and Outagamie counties: WI-96 is closed and detoured at the US-45 intersection via WI-110, US-10 and WI-76. 
  • Portage County: WI-54 over I-39 is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic signals controlling one-way movements (no impacts are anticipated on I-39). 
  • Iron County: US-2 between WI-122 and CR-B is reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic signals at a railroad crossing bridge. 
  • Oneida and Vilas counties: US-51/WI-47 Woodruff/Arbor Vitae is reduced to one lane in each direction with a 12-foot width restriction. 
  • Price County: WI-182 in the city of Park Falls is reduced to one lane with temporary signals at the Flambeau River Bridge. 
  • Dunn County: US-12 (Broadway Street) bridge in Menomonee - all traffic will be single lane on the westbound structure. 
  • St. Croix County: I-94 (WI-35 - US-12) in Hudson will have nighttime single and double lane closures. Various ramps will be closed with signed detours.  
  • Douglas County: US-2/Belknap St. in Superior will have single lane closures from Hill Ave. to Ogden Ave. A signed truck detour and alternate route are available. 
  • Bayfield County: US-2 bridge in Iron River - traffic is reduced to a single lane. 
  • Chippewa County: WI-124 near the town of Eagle Point is closed for bridge construction. Detour route includes CR-S, US-53 and WI-64.

For up-to-the-minute information on work zones and incidents that may affect highway travel, motorists can access the state’s 511 travel information system by downloading the free 511 Wisconsin mobile app or following @511WI on Twitter. Users can also access the system by dialing 511 on a phone or visiting 511wi.gov on the web.

Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicle customer service centers will be closed on Memorial Day, but citizens can conduct DMV business online 24/7 at wisconsindmv.gov.

5/23/2018 11:38 AM (Updated 5/25/2018 6:24 PM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   NEWS: Paint Creek Bridge replacement a priority

The 195th Street Bridge over Paint Creek in the Town of Lafayette has been closed to all traffic due to safety concerns.  In addition, the channel of Paint Creek beneath the structure is also closed to waterway traffic.

The bridge was closed to all surface traffic on Sunday May 13th, after the Town of Lafayette learned that the bridge had significant deformation. On Monday May 21st, bridge inspectors from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) inspected the bridge to further evaluate the cause and extent of failure, and the results of that investigation prompted officials to recommend closing the creek channel beneath the structure to waterway traffic due to safety concerns. 

“This bridge has had a partial collapse with buckled pier piles and is in danger of further collapse. In addition to the existing closure of the bridge to vehicular traffic, I highly recommend closure to boat traffic under the bridge to ensure public safety,” said Scot Becker, WisDOT’s Bureau of Structures Director.

WisDOT structural engineers suspect an overweight load was the catalyst for this failure. Structural analysis was done to post this bridge at an 18-ton limit in recognition of the existing condition. With the planned inspection and monitoring of this bridge, WisDOT engineers believe strict adherence to the posted load limit would have enabled this bridge to service eligible traffic until the time of originally planned replacement in 2021.

The Town of Lafayette and Chippewa County took fast action and are in the process of closing waterway access under the bridge. Waterway closure warning devices are being installed this afternoon using a floating buoy & cable system. “Channel Closed” signs are being placed at the bridge facing both upstream and downstream.  The Wisconsin DNR has approved closure of the Paint Creek channel on an emergency basis. 

A new bridge is planned for construction in the summer of 2019. “Replacing the 195th Street Bridge over Paint Creek is a very high priority for the Town of Lafayette and Chippewa County,” said Brian Kelley, Chippewa County Highway Commissioner. “We appreciate the state’s quick response and we’re confident that we can work together to replace the bridge in 2019.”

Town and County officials are working diligently with potential contractors to schedule an expedited bridge removal project, with completion expected prior to July 4th. The channel will remain closed until the bridge superstructure and piers can be removed.

The department has instituted a replace-in-kind policy. The department’s emphasis is on maintaining a system of safe and effective bridges statewide. Eligible project costs are those that replace the existing structure, with necessary adjustments made to meet current standards, safety and other factors.

“The goal of the replace-in-kind policy is to get more safe projects done," stated Secretary Dave Ross. "This remains a priority because more projects mean enhanced safety and economic prosperity across Wisconsin. WisDOT partnering with Chippewa County and the local officials will result in a quality structure that will serve this community for decades to come."

WisDOT’s Local Bridge Program was established to rehabilitate and replace, on a cost-shared basis, the most seriously deteriorating existing local bridges on Wisconsin’s local highway system. The program funds up to 80 percent of eligible costs of the project.

5/22/2018 4:55 PM (Updated 5/22/2018 4:55 PM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Public meeting set for I-894 Overpass Bridges

Open house on proposed improvements
 
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is hosting a public involvement meeting to discuss the rehabilitation of several I-894 Freeway overpass bridges in Milwaukee County.
 
Meeting Details:

Thursday, May 31
5-7pm
Greenfield City Hall – Room 100
7325 W. Forest Home Avenue
Greenfield, WI 53220
 
Proposed Improvements

  •     Replacement of 68th Street Bridge over I-894
  •     Rehabilitation of 76th Street Bridge over I-894
  •     Rehabilitation of Forest Home Avenue Bridges over I-894

The meeting will follow an informal, open house format with WisDOT representatives available to discuss the proposed project in detail. WisDOT encourages property and business owners, interested residents, and other stakeholders to attended the meeting and to ask questions. If you are unable to attend and would like more information, please contact WisDOT Design Project Manager, Joshua LeVeque at (414) 750-1468 or Joshua.LeVeque@dot.wi.gov.
 
Visit our webpage at http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/projects/by-region/se/894bridges/default.aspx

5/22/2018 4:46 PM (Updated 5/25/2018 6:32 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Expects Nearly 8 Million Vehicles on its System This Memorial Day Weekend

Know your milepost when calling for roadway assistance or to report an incident

The Illinois Tollway reminds drivers traveling during the Memorial Day weekend to keep an eye out for milepost signs along the road to help accurately identify their location when calling to report an incident or request roadway assistance.

The Tollway expects nearly 8 million vehicles to travel the Tollway system this Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 25, through Tuesday, May 29. The heaviest travel is expected on Friday, March 25, when nearly 2 million vehicles are projected to use the 294-mile Tollway system. On an average day, more than 1.6 million vehicles use the Illinois Tollway.

“When drivers refer to mileposts signs to accurately report their location, we can dispatch help as quickly as possible when they call *999 for roadway assistance on the Illinois Tollway,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Liz Gorman. “We want Tollway customers to travel safely this Memorial Day weekend and remember if you see ANY vehicle stopped on the side of the road with flashing lights, Give Them Distance by slowing down and changing lanes safely. It's the law in Illinois.”

Milepost signs are located every quarter mile along the Tollway system throughout Northern Illinois and help drivers involved in a roadway incident to identify the interstate, direction of travel and milepost number.

Need Help? Dial *999

If your vehicle becomes disabled, call *999 for assistance. Illinois State Police District 15 patrols the 294-mile Tollway system 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and Tollway motorist aid patrols stand ready to help stranded customers change tires, jump-start batteries, add coolant, dispense fuel, transport customers, move vehicles away from traffic and call for a tow truck.

Give Them Distance
Whether you’re stranded on the side of the road due to a flat tire or having engine trouble, the Move Over Law is intended to protect ALL OF US. While traveling this holiday weekend, whenever drivers see any vehicle on the side of the road with emergency or hazard lights flashing, they are required by law to slow down and change lanes. The Illinois Tollway, along with other transportation agencies and safety groups, is asking drivers to remember to Give Them Distance to help reduce the number of traffic deaths occurring every year in the state.

Holiday Work Zones
To accommodate holiday travel on the Illinois Tollway, construction activity will be restricted to better serve Tollway customers. Most temporary maintenance and construction lane closures will be suspended from noon on Friday, May 25, through 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. Some work may continue behind barriers to keep work on schedule, but this work will not impact traffic. All work is weather dependent.

Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80)

  • At 159th Street, traffic is shifted right in both directions.

Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)

  • Between I-290 and York Road, all eastbound traffic is shifted to the right and all westbound traffic is shifted to the left with one lane of traffic traveling on the eastbound side of I-88. Westbound drivers must travel in the right lane on I-88 to access the cash side of the York Road Toll Plaza as well as the 22nd Street exit ramp.
  • Between IL-251 and Bliss Road, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction in segments.
  • At Annie Glidden Road, the ramps carrying traffic to and from eastbound I-88 and the westbound exit ramp from I-88 to Annie Glidden Road are closed with detours posted.

Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355)

  • Between Butterfield Road and Army Trail Road, traffic is shifted to the right in both directions.

Illinois State Police District 15 Out in Force
The Illinois State Police District 15 will be out in full force throughout the Illinois Tollway system during the Memorial Day weekend. Special enforcement details focused on speeding, distracted driving, seatbelt use and alcohol-related violations will be the focus to help keep motorists safe.

Tollway Travel Tips
The Tollway offers the following ways for drivers to get the latest travel information before they get on the road:

  • illinoistollway.com – Interactive Tollway Map for – construction information, Tollway Trip Calculator, live roadway images
  • travelmidwest.com – Real-time travel times
  • twitter.com – Real-time roadway incident information at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355, Tollway Trip 94/294 and Tollway Trip 390
5/22/2018 10:42 AM (Updated 5/25/2018 6:34 PM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   Memorial Day Weekend Travel Planner

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces that road work will be suspended around noon Friday, May 25, until the morning hours of Tuesday, May 29, to allow drivers a safer and more efficient holiday travel weekend.

Wherever possible, road restrictions will be removed to ease traffic flow for the influx of holiday drivers. Some closures and restrictions will remain on larger projects that cannot be safely reopened to traffic for the weekend. Around the INDOT Northwest district, those restrictions which will remain include:

Lake County:

  • US-41, Hammond – A stretch of US-41 is closed between Sibley and Michigan streets as part of a bridge project.
  • US-41, Highland – Lanes are closed in each direction between 45th and Main streets as part of a bridge project.
  • IN-912 (Cline Avenue), East Chicago – The exit ramp from Cline Avenue onto Airport Road is closed for bridge work.
  • I-65, Merrillville – Northbound and southbound traffic on I-65 is shifted toward the inside with two lanes moving in each direction between US-30 and US-231 as work is performed on the shoulder.
  • IN-53, Gary – Paving operations have lane closures in each direction on IN-53 between 61st Avenue and I-80/94.

LaPorte County:

  • IN-2, LaPorte – Eastbound and westbound lane closures are in place as part of repaving project.
  • US-20, Michigan City/LaPorte – Eastbound and westbound lane closures will be in place in stretches from IN-212 to IN-2 as part of a repaving project.
  • IN-8, east of LaCrosse – IN-8 is closed between US-421 and IN-39.

Marshall County:

  • US-31, Plymouth – A repaving project between Plymouth Goshen Trail and 14th Road has northbound and southbound lane closures in place.

Porter County:

  • IN-249, Portage – The roadway is reduced to one lane from US-20 to US-12 as repaving is underway.

Newton County:

  • US-41, Kentland – As part of work on a bridge over Montgomery Ditch and repaving operations, traffic is restricted to one lane in between IN-114 and US-24.
  • IN-14, west of Rensselaer – IN-14 is closed between US-41 and IN-55.

Jasper County

  • IN-114, west of Rensselaer – Traffic is down to one lane and controlled by a traffic signal as work is performed on the bridge over Curtis Creek.

Cass County

  • US-24, Logansport – Traffic is down to one lane and controlled by a traffic signal as work is performed on the bridge of Crooked Creek just west of Logansport. One lane is also closed between IN-29 and US-31 as part of concrete pavement restoration.

Pulaski County

  • US-421, Medaryville – US-421 is closed between IN-143 and IN-14 for bridge work.

The public can stay informed about any road restrictions or traffic tie-ups throughout the holiday weekend by liking the INDOT Northwest Facebook page at facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or follow us on Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Also, visit www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.

5/21/2018 3:31 PM (Updated 5/22/2018 10:13 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Upcoming Open Houses Will Gather Ideas For The Future Of Highway 252/Interstate 94 In Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis

Please join us at two open houses later this month to learn about ideas to reduce congestion and improve safety and reliability on Highway 252 between Highway 610 in Brooklyn Park

and I-694 in Brooklyn Center and on I-94 from I-694 in Brooklyn Center to downtown Minneapolis. With the public’s input, the cities of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and Minneapolis,

along with Hennepin County and MnDOT will evaluate possible transportation solutions during the environmental process before moving forward with a preliminary design.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about previous studies and the current project proposal, explore possible solutions and share thoughts, ideas and concerns for this corridor.

The same information will be shared at each workshop. A presentation and discussion is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Snacks and activities for children will be provided.

Brooklyn Park Community Workshop

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Grand Room, Brooklyn Park Community Activity Center
5600 85th Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN  55442

Brooklyn Center Community Workshop

Thursday, May 31, 2018
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Constitution Hall, Brooklyn Center Community Center
6301 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

For more information about the project or to sign up for email updates during the study, please visit www.www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy252study/

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

5/17/2018 2:44 PM (Updated 5/19/2018 8:46 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   WisDOT soliciting bids for local road work in Racine County

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is advertising bidding opportunities for key segments of the local road work in Racine County. Braun Road and International Drive are the roads included in this solicitation. The Department anticipates letting these projects on June 12.

Construction is expected to begin on both roadways in July 2018 and be complete by late 2019. Braun Road will be reconstructed between the East Frontage Road at I-94 to County H. The roadway will be reconstructed as a 6-lane divided highway. International Drive will be extended south to connect with WIS 11. The roadway will be constructed as a 4-lane divided highway. The projects will include additional traffic control equipment, landscaping, lighting and shared use paths.

Contractors should visit http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/doing-bus/contractors/hcci/default.aspx for information on any pre-bid workshops, letting dates and electronic plans. 

For additional information on the I-94 North/South project go to:

https://projects.511wi.gov/i94northsouth/ 

5/8/2018 3:06 PM (Updated 5/12/2018 9:15 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   WisDOT's I-94 North-South Project Team To Host Public Meetings

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) I-94 North-South project team will be hosting monthly meetings to allow the public to receive an update on mainline and local road construction in and around the Foxconn development site. The meetings will take place in the second Thursday of each month with the meetings in July and August being held on the second Monday. The meetings will get underway at 4:30 p.m. and will include a brief project update before allowing the public to ask questions of the project team.

The first meeting will take place on May 10th and will be held in the Auditorium at the SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd, Sturtevant. The purpose of the meetings is to share current construction status and provide a preview of work expected in the upcoming months.

For additional information on the I-94 North/South project go to:

https://projects.511wi.gov/i94northsouth/

For the latest traffic information, visit: https://511wi.gov/

5/4/2018 3:38 PM (Updated 5/25/2018 8:22 PM)

City of Chicago logo   Chicago Bridge Lifts For The Spring 2018 Boating Season