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Motorists and ATV/UTV Riders Urged to Share the Road Safely
Stay alert as the weather warms and riding conditions improve
 
Spring and summer in Wisconsin are great times to take the family on a road trip or hop on an all-terrain or utility-terrain vehicle (ATV/UTV) for some outdoor fun. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are asking everyone – no matter what they’re operating – stay attentive, patient and safe. 
 
ATV/UTV registration grew 19 percent over the past five years, totaling 396,611 at the end of 2018. Motorists and riders could be sharing the road more frequently in some areas. State law now allows municipalities to authorize ATV/UTV use on roadways with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. 
 
“ATVs, UTVs, cars and trucks offer different driving experiences, but one factor holds consistently true – no matter what you drive, even a momentary distraction can create a tragedy,” said WisDOT Secretary-Designee Craig Thompson. “It’s important that we all look out for one another.” 
 
WisDOT published a website for riders and local officials who are interested in learning more about the 2017 law changes and requirements to establish ATV routes within their jurisdiction. The website also contains a downloadable flier for anyone who’d like to encourage motorists and riders to share the road. The DNR publishes additional resources to assist ATV and UTV riders with safety courses, vehicle registration and knowledge of the law. 
 
“Whether you’re behind the wheel or behind a set of handlebars – think safety,” said DNR Recreation Safety and Outdoor Skills Captain April Dombrowski. “ATV/UTV riding is among our state’s favorite recreational activities in the summer months. Whether you are riding for work or for fun, stay safe and be responsible.”  
 
Safety tips for motorists: 
Safety tips for ATV/UTV riders: 
5/16/2019 1:47 PM (Updated 5/16/2019 1:47 PM)
Illinois Tollway Public Open House Meetings Planned for Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project
The Illinois Tollway will host open house meetings next week to share 2019 construction information with customers, residents, businesses and communities as part of ongoing Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project.
 
The Central Tri-State is being reconstructed from Balmoral Avenue to 95th Street to provide congestion relief, reconstruct old infrastructure to meet current and future transportation demand and address regional needs.
 
The open house meetings will provide the opportunity to view informational displays and ask questions about work scheduled in 2019 including roadway construction and widening in the northern segment between Balmoral Avenue and Wolf Road and the start of construction on the Mile Long Bridge and the BNSF Railway Bridge, as well as the overall concept plan for the corridor.
 
The open house schedule includes meetings on:
 
    Monday, May 20, 6-8 p.m. at the Burr Ridge Police Department, 7700 S. County Line Road, Burr Ridge
    Tuesday, May 21, 6-8 p.m., at the Lipinski Center, 7256 Skyline Drive, Justice
    Wednesday, May 22, 6-8 p.m., at the Schiller Park Community Center, 9638 W Irving Park Road, Schiller Park
 
The Illinois Tollway values public input and believes that Tollway customers are best served when a variety of perspectives on the issues are shared. 
 
Construction information for 2019 construction season and the concept plan for the Central Tri-State Project can be viewed online at illinoistollway.com/projects. In addition, comments can be shared with the Tollway at any time via email at 294tristate@getipass.com.
 
The Central Tri-State (I-294) Project is funded by the Illinois Tollways 15-year program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.
5/13/2019 1:21 PM (Updated 5/14/2019 10:41 AM)
Illinois Tollway And Illinois State Police Launch Operation Kid 2019

First event May 11 at The Promenade Bolingbrook for free child safety seats checks and kids’ ID cards

The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are teaming up to host their annual Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) events as part of Operation Kid 2019.

The Tollway and District 15 have worked together in partnership to promote child safety for more than 15 years, each year holding events throughout Northern Illinois to provide free kids’ ID cards and inspect and install child safety seats. In 2018, Operation Kid helped families and caregivers with nearly 540 child safety seats checks and issued nearly 1,000 kids’ ID cards to parents.

“Our mission is to keep children safe and parents worry-free, every trip, every time,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez. “The safety of motorists and their families is a top priority for the Tollway and Operation Kid gives us the opportunity to help parents keep their children safe on the road and in their communities.”

Illinois law requires that all children under age 8 must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system when riding in a vehicle with family or other caregivers. In addition, as of January 1, 2019, children under age 2 years are required by Illinois law to ride rear-facing, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall, to protect their developing muscles and bones.

Properly installed child safety seats save lives and significantly reduce injuries in the event of a crash. Yet, Illinois State Police find that more than 90 percent of child safety seats they inspect are improperly installed.

“Operation Kid offers a convenient way for drivers to make sure they’re complying with Illinois law,” said District 15 Acting Commander Dominic Chiappini. “The safest place for infants, toddlers and young children to ride is in the back seat with the appropriate child safety seat for their age and weight.”

2019 K.I.S.S. Events

To make it easy and fun for parents, grandparents and children alike, 10 K.I.S.S. events will be held at convenient locations at various locations along the 294-mile Illinois Tollway system.

Operation Kid 2019 events kick off on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road along the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355). Highlights include:

Unless otherwise indicated, all other events are on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 18 Hinsdale Oasis
June 1 Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview
June 8 Lake Forest Oasis
July 27 Bartlett Police Department (Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon)
August 3 Itasca Fire Protection District
August 10 Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn
August 24 DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville
September 21 Family Safety Fair at Tollway headquarters in Downers Grove
September 28 IKEA Schaumburg

For more information about Operation Kid 2019 and to see additional activities at each event, visit the Tollway’s website.

Child Safety Seat Basics

The safest place for infants, toddlers and young children to ride is in the back seat with the appropriate child safety seat for their age and weight.

Rear-facing child safety seats protect a growing baby’s head, neck and back in an accident. Toddlers and young children should ride in a child safety seat with an internal harness until age 8 or they reach the maximum harness limit of the child restraint.

A booster seat is the most effective way to position a safety belt properly on a young child's growing body. Safety belts are designed for adults who are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Until age 8, most children have not developed strong hip bones and their legs and bodies are too short for the adult safety belt to fit correctly without use of a booster seat.

Illinois law requires that whenever a person is transporting a child under age 8, the person is responsible for properly securing the child in an appropriate child restraint system.

Missing Child Basics

Information provided on kids ID cards can help law enforcement search and recover a missing child. That includes a description of the child’s hair and eye color, height, weight, race, unique identifiers such as glasses or beauty marks, as well as date of birth, current photo and fingerprints.

The FBI suggests that parents keep their children’s fingerprints, not only because fingerprints are unique but also because they don’t change over time like a child’s appearance. The FBI also recommends that parents update the photos of their children on ID cards at least once a year to ensure they are current.

With increased public awareness, training, laws and better technology, the recovery rate of missing children has jumped from 62 percent in 1990 to more than 97 percent today, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

5/6/2019 3:29 PM (Updated 5/14/2019 10:42 AM)
The City of Chicago Springtime Bridge Lifts

The City of Chicago will continue the springtime bridge lifts, allowing recreational boat traffic to move from boat storage yards to harbors across Lake Michigan. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be lifting the movable bridges over the south and main branches of the Chicago River Chicago River so that sail boats and other pleasure craft can safely and easily move into summer docking locations up and down the shoreline.

Each year, in the spring and fall, CDOT raises the movable bridges along the Main and South Branches of the Chicago River on a twice weekly schedule on Saturdays and Wednesdays to accommodate recreational boats traveling to and from their storage yards.

“The springtime lifting of Chicago’s iconic movable river bridges marks the beginning of the boating season each year and is a welcome sight for Chicagoans,” 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 each year to create a schedule that accommodates boats while causing the least amount of 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. A total of 27 bridges will be lifted in succession from the Ashland Avenue Bridge on the South Branch to Lake Shore Drive.

The Spring 2019 bridge lift schedule is as follows:

* Saturday, May 18 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 25 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m
* Wednesday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 5 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 12 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 19 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 22 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 26 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m.

4/20/2019 3:40 PM (Updated 5/18/2019 1:16 PM)
Spring Weight Restrictions Update

Effective Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6 AM, weight Restrictions will be lifted on all state trunkline highways from the Michigan South border, North to and including M-72 at the intersection of M-22, in the city of Empire, Leelanau County, then East on M-72 to US-131 in the Village of Kalkaska then South on US-131 to the South junction with M-72 and East on M-72 to the junction of US-23 in the City of Harrisville, Alcona County. Frost restrictions are still in effect for the remainder of the state and will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways north of the M-72 line.

State trunk line highways typically carry M, I, or US designations. Weight restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960. For companies located in Canada or New Jersey, information may be obtained by calling 517-335-0023.

- On routes designated as "All Season Routes" (green or gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be no reduction in legal axle weight.

- On routes designated as "Seasonal" (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be a weight reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements.

Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area.

Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area.

Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers.

Please refer to the MDOT Truck Operator's Map for route designations 

Spring Weight Restrictions: http://mdotjboss.state.mi.us/APSWB/SWBHome.htm?bulletin=weight   

4/19/2019 7:21 AM (Updated 4/22/2019 5:47 PM)
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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