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Lenox Tower Improvements Completed
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that work on Lenox Tower, a $10.1 million project to modernize rail operations, improve safety and enhance the mobility of goods, people and services throughout Metro East, has been completed. The project, a joint federal and state effort with several railroads, reconfigured an outdated network of tracks and signals, while replacing a 97-year-old trackside control tower and transferring its functions to a centralized facility.
 
“Nearly a year after we broke ground on Lenox Tower improvements, I am thrilled to announce that we have completed this massive project,” said Gov. Pritzker. “Thanks to the leadership and collaboration of IDOT, the Federal Railroad Administration, and multiple state and regional railways, Illinoisans will be able to get to where they are going quicker with streamlined tracks, higher speeds, centralized operations, and decongested local roads. This investment is just another way that we are solidifying Illinois’ status as the premier transportation hub of the nation – and it’s only just the beginning.”
 
“Under Gov. Pritzker, IDOT is working to strengthen the multimodal network that makes us the transportation hub of North America,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “These improvements are an important piece of the puzzle, vital to freight and passenger rail movement through the state. They could not have been accomplished without incredible teamwork at the state and federal level and with our railroad partners.”
 
The project was made possible by a $5.1 million grant from the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements Program, administered by the Federal Railroad Administration, with contributions of $1.3 million from IDOT, $2 million from Union Pacific Railroad, $1 million from Amtrak, $440,000 from BNSF Railway and $300,000 from Kansas City Southern Railway.
 
“We congratulate the Illinois Department of Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad, Amtrak, BNSF Railway and Kansas City Southern Railway on completion of the Lenox Tower project,” said FRA Administrator Amit Bose. “This successful collaboration exemplifies how rail infrastructure investments can improve the movement of freight and passengers alike.”
 
The project consisted of untangling a complex system of tracks, signals and switches where four lines intersect at one of the most congested areas in the state near Mitchell, streamlining rail operations in the region. Lenox Tower, a two-story facility that used antiquated switching machinery to control train traffic, was taken down in the spring of 2021, with operations transferred to a Union Pacific dispatching center.
 
The completed improvements will increase the speed of freight train operations and decrease traffic congestion on local roads, resulting in fewer blocked crossings and reduced passenger service travel times. Up to 35 trains pass through the location daily.
 
“Union Pacific is pleased the Lenox Tower project is complete, resulting in more efficient freight and passenger rail service,” said Liisa Stark, Union Pacific’s vice president of public affairs. “This project is a great example of a successful partnership leveraging infrastructure investments that benefit both the public and private sectors to support the economy.”
 
“Amtrak happily made a $1 million investment in this project because of the immediate benefit it provides to our customers on the ten Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains that use this track daily,” said Ray Lang, Amtrak vice president for state-supported services. “IDOT, UP and Amtrak all want to eliminate delays and reduce travel times on the popular Chicago-St. Louis corridor and this work is part of that continuous initiative.”
 

The project represents yet another achievement on the Chicago-to-St. Louis rail corridor, joining enhanced safety and performance between Joliet and Alton, safer crossings, and new or improved stations in Joliet, Dwight, Pontiac, Lincoln, Springfield, Carlinville and Alton. New Amtrak locomotives were introduced in 2017, new passenger railcars have begun to be introduced and higher speeds are anticipated in 2023. 

10/5/2022 2:57 PM (Updated 10/5/2022 3:20 PM)
ILLINOIS TOLLWAY AWARDS MORE THAN $200 million IN CONTRACTS FOR CONSTRUCTION AT SPECIAL SEPTEMBER MEETING

DOWNERS GROVE, IL –The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved two construction contracts totaling more than $200 million at a special September Board meeting, including contracts to continue mainline roadway reconstruction and widening on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project.

Nearly $990.1 million in contracts has been approved by the Tollway Board in 2022, as part of the 11th year of the Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion Move Illinois capital program. To date, more than $10.4 billion has been invested by the Illinois Tollway since the Move Illinois Program began in 2012, with more than $2.7 billion of that total committed to small, diverse and veteran-owned firms. In addition, the capital program has created or sustained an estimated 113,040 total jobs as of August. 

“Our $4 billion Central Tri-State Project will provide congestion relief, reconstruct old infrastructure to meet current and future transportation demand and address regional needs,” said Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse. “Construction contracts approved today will allow us to move forward with roadway rebuilding and widening in the critical center segment of this project, keeping our work on schedule for our customers.” 

Construction contracts awards include:

The contracts approved at the second September Board meeting include 16 subcontractors that are certified as disadvantaged, minority-and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms and one subcontractor that is certified veteran-owned firm. Commitments for D/M/WBE participation range from 24.22 to 25.05 percent per contract and commitments for veteran participation range from 0.81 to 0.98 percent per contract.

Construction contracts for Illinois Tollway projects are competitively bid under the rules of the Illinois Procurement Code. All contracts are presented to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors for review and approval. The Illinois Tollway broadcasts all public meetings on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com. This includes all board meetings and public bid openings. Also provided is detailed information about current Tollway construction and professional engineering services contracts through the Construction Contract Tracker.

Contractors and consultants can also access resources online to help them learn about how to do business with the Tollway, including construction bid-letting schedules, professional service bulletins, manuals and construction bid calendars. These resources can be found in the “Doing Business” section of the Tollway’s website.

About Move Illinois

The Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, is improving mobility, relieving congestion, reducing pollution, creating as many as 152,000 jobs and linking economies throughout the region. The first 10 years of Move Illinois are on schedule and within budget, delivering the new Illinois Route 390 Tollway and a rebuilt and widened Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) with its new SmartRoad corridor, as well as opening a new interchange connecting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57. Progress continues on projects addressing the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system, delivering the new I-490 Tollway Project and reconstructing the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

About the Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 294 miles of roadways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80) and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway.

9/29/2022 6:18 PM (Updated 10/3/2022 11:52 AM)
Website Launched to Keep Public Informed on I-80
The Illinois Department of Transportation has launched a new website, I80will.org, to provide the public with the latest information on the $1.2 billion reconstruction of Interstate 80 through Will County, one of the cornerstone projects of Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.
 
“Our commitment to fixing the I-80 corridor involves one of the most complex stretches of interstate in the entire country,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “The new website, I80will.org, will provide the public with a one-stop shop to find the latest information on how the project is progressing and what they can do to successfully navigate the next several years of construction.”
 
The website includes:
 
    Updates on ongoing coordination with communities to minimize construction impacts on the public.
    A project information center, featuring reports, newsletters and answers to frequently asked questions.
    Project news, maps and other information detailing the latest developments.
    Previous planning and stakeholder outreach information as well as project reports.
    Construction schedule information and timeline for each portion of the project.
    Meeting announcements and the opportunity to sign up for project news, traffic and detour alerts, and submit questions and comments.
    Photo and video galleries to view construction progress.
 
As one of the country’s three coast-to-coast interstates, I-80 through Joliet and Will County carries approximately 80,000 vehicles a day, about 25% of which are trucks. Advance work on I-80 started last year with a $41.7 million project to replace the eastbound bridges over Hickory Creek, Richards Street and Rowell Avenue/Canadian National Railroad, and westbound over Richards Street, in Joliet, Rockdale and New Lenox, while widening eastbound I-80 from Gardner Street to Rowell Avenue. Once the eastbound improvements are completed later this year, similar improvements will begin in the westbound direction. 
9/29/2022 3:49 PM (Updated 10/3/2022 11:53 AM)
IDOT announces Airport of the Year awards
Reflecting the importance and vitality of the state’s aviation system, six airports have received Airport of the Year awards from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The awards were presented today during the Illinois Public Airports Association Fall Conference in Galena.
 
“Aviation is vital to our state’s economy and a pillar of our multimodal system that makes us the North American transportation hub we are today,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Our aviation partners support a variety of industries and make numerous contributions to enhance the quality of life in Illinois. We present these awards as tokens of recognition and gratitude for their efforts.”
 
The facilities were selected because of their accomplishments, including an outstanding partnership with IDOT and a strong commitment to customer safety and satisfaction. Among the award considerations are cooperation and coordination with the state, safety record, maintenance of the facility, and promotion of aviation and educational events.
 
The 2022 recipients are:
  • Central Illinois Regional Airport, Primary Airport of the Year
  • DuPage Airport, Reliever Airport of the Year
  • Greater Kankakee Airport, General Aviation Airport of the Year (Runway greater than 5,000 feet)
  • Dixon Municipal Airport, General Aviation Airport of the Year (Runway less than 5,000 feet)
  • Erie Airpark, Private Airport of the Year
  • AbbVie Heliport, Heliport of the Year
Illinois is home to 100 public-use airports and heliports, with nearly 3,000 aircraft registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. The system of airports supports more than 492,000 jobs, with a combined payroll of $21.9 billion and a total economic impact of $95.4 billion. Across the state, there are over 700 aviation facilities, including heliports, balloon, glider and ultra-light landing facilities, and grass landing strips.
 
Through Gov. Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program, IDOT is investing a total of $150 million in aviation. Last year, the governor announced a $94 million commitment to airports throughout the state, unlocking $11.5 million in local contributions for a combined investment of $105 million. The funding was the largest statewide capital investment for airports in state history.
 
To learn more about aviation in Illinois and the Illinois Aviation System Plan, visit www.ilaviation.com.
9/27/2022 4:24 PM (Updated 9/28/2022 10:43 AM)
INDOT Invites Public Input on US-30 and US-31 Corridors
Comments sought in collaborative planning process
 
 
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is seeking input for planning studies along the U.S. 30 and U.S. 31 corridors in northern Indiana. Members of the public may submit comments via project websites for ProPEL U.S. 30 and ProPEL U.S. 31 that launched last month.
 
The two-year studies will follow the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) process used by transportation agencies, such as INDOT, to assess innovative ways to address corridor challenges and needs. PEL studies allow INDOT to interact with communities as they share ideas and feedback related to long-term solutions on U.S. 30 and U.S. 31.
 
The PEL studies will be collaborative, data-driven and influenced by the public to define the future of each corridor. INDOT is inviting ideas and input from communities within the study areas to identify what needs or concerns should be addressed by future improvements. With help from residents, motorists, businesses, and other road users, INDOT can build infrastructure that will better serve Hoosiers. The public can share its vision for the corridors through a variety of means, including project websites and public information meetings. The first round of public information meetings is expected this fall. More details will be announced prior to the meetings on the project websites and social media.
 
INDOT will evaluate the public’s suggestions to provide recommendations using engineering, environmental, economic and community factors. Once the studies are complete and funding is identified for projects, INDOT will move into the next phases of development using the information gathered and alternatives evaluated during the PEL process.
 
For more information on each study, and to share ideas, visit the project websites listed here:
 
ProPELUS30.com
 
ProPELUS31.com
 
The studies span 180 miles across 12 counties and include U.S. 30 from Valparaiso to the Indiana/Ohio state line (excluding I-69 and I-469 around Fort Wayne), and U.S. 31 between Hamilton County and Plymouth (excluding the Kokomo bypass). Counties within the study area include Allen, Fulton, Hamilton, Howard, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Porter, Starke, Tipton and Whitley Counties.
 
Stay Informed
Get updates on INDOT projects and programs via:
 
    Facebook: facebook.com/indianadepartmentoftransportation
    Twitter: @INDOT
    TrafficWise: 511in.org

    Mobile App: iTunes App Store and the Google Play store for Android 

9/21/2022 2:04 PM (Updated 9/21/2022 2:04 PM)
IDOT holds open houses for seasonal employment
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced it will hold a series of open houses for individuals interested in applying for seasonal positions to help with snow-and-ice removal statewide. Open houses will be held throughout the state to spread the word about the department’s annual “snowbird” program and help facilitate applications.
 
At each open house, attendees will have a chance to speak with IDOT staff to learn more about the program and obtain assistance in submitting an application, which must be completed online.
 
Open houses for District 4:
 
Peoria West Maintenance Facility
6500 W. U.S. 150, Edwards
Saturday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Macomb Maintenance Facility
2850 E. Jackson St., Macomb
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 4 to 7 p.m.
 
A total of 2,536 temporary winter positions are open: District 1 (640), District 2 (266), District 3 (307), District 4 (215), District 5 (235), District 6 (208), District 7 (214), District 8 (284), and District 9 (167). Click here for a map of IDOT’s districts.
 
If interested individuals cannot attend one of the open house sessions or have questions about how to apply, they can call or e-mail the agency contact listed in the job posting. IDOT will also host a WebEx on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 5 to 6 p.m., to provide instructions on the application process. Click the following link to join the webinar:
 https://illinois.webex.com/illinois/j.php?MTID=m790d2d3c27cd63f073b1d6a2a323822d
 
Both Snow Removal Operators and Winter Salaried Highway Maintainers are being hired to help maintain more than 45,000 lane miles statewide during winter. They are required to promptly respond to emerging weather situations for snow-and-ice removal and be ready to work in emergency conditions at any time, including nights, weekends and holidays.
 
Applications for Winter Salaried Highway Maintainers must be submitted online by Sept. 12. Applications for the Snow Removal Operators will be accepted online throughout the remainder of the calendar year or until all positions are filled. Paper applications cannot be accepted. For job postings throughout the state, visit: https://illinois.jobs2web.com.
 
Applicants must have a commercial driver’s license and submit to a criminal background check. A pre-employment physical and vision test as well as drug and alcohol screening are required. A new law provides for veterans’ preference for these seasonal positions and veterans are encouraged to apply.
 
Applicants will be selected based on availability, job-related experience and qualifications. For additional information, including positions available and the application process in specific districts, details on pay and potential for benefits, please click here.
 
A short, animated video on the snowbird program is available on IDOT’s YouTube channel
9/2/2022 2:08 PM (Updated 9/2/2022 2:08 PM)
Rebuilding Northern Cook County: Major projects highlight Year Four of Rebuild Illinois

Gov. Pritzker’s historic capital program improving infrastructure throughout Illinois

CHICAGO – Entering Year Four of Rebuild Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple projects in northern Cook County are underway or planned to begin, highlighting an ongoing commitment made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan capital program. Nine major projects represent a total investment of more than $14.5 million, improving safety and mobility while sustaining and creating good-paying jobs throughout the region.

“With the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, we are restoring and transforming Illinois’ aging infrastructure,” said Gov. Pritzker. “Rebuild Illinois is not only about investing in infrastructure but about investing in people and communities as well. In the coming months, IDOT will undertake projects that will ultimately create safer roads and bridges and provide jobs in northern Cook County and across the entire state.”

Projects and traffic impacts include:

Lake Cook Road/Main Street from west of Hart Road to south Ela Road
includes resurfacing and installing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. One lane in each direction will be maintained throughout construction with daytime lane closures. The project began this spring and is anticipated to be completed late fall.

Hicks Road from Euclid Avenue to Kirchoff Road includes resurfacing and installing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. One lane in each direction will be maintained during construction with daytime lane closures. The project began this summer and is anticipated to be completed late fall.

Golf Road (Illinois 58) from east of Hiawatha to Sutton Road (Illinois 59) includes resurfacing and installing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. One lane in each direction will be maintained during construction with daytime lane closures. The project began this spring and is anticipated to be completed late summer.

Irving Park Road (Illinois 19) from Liberty Street (Illinois 25) to Sutton Road (Illinois 59) includes resurfacing and new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. One lane in each direction will be maintained during construction with daytime lane closures. The project began this spring and is anticipated to be completed late summer or early fall.

Oakton Street from Elmhurst Road (Illinois 83) to Lee Street/Manheim Road (U.S. 12/45) includes resurfacing and installing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. One lane in each direction will be maintained during construction with daytime lane closures. The project began this spring and is expected to be completed late fall.

Harlem Avenue (Illinois 43) from Dempster Street (Illinois 58) to Oakton Street includes resurfacing and new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. One lane in each direction will be maintained during construction with daytime lane closures. The project began this spring and is anticipated to be completed this fall.

Green Bay Road from south of Scott Avenue to south of Kenilworth Avenue includes resurfacing and installing new ADA-compliant sidewalk ramps. One lane in each direction will be maintained during construction with daytime lane closures. The project will begin spring 2025 and is anticipated to be completed later that summer.

“These projects represent another year that IDOT will be making transformational investments in northern Cook County,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Please, pardon our dust while we Rebuild Illinois. When approaching and driving through any work zone, expect the unexpected and give workers a brake. Stay patient, put down the devices and slow down.” 

Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing $33.2 billion into the state’s aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history but also the first one that touches all modes of Illinois transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

Accomplishments through Year Three of Rebuild Illinois include approximately $8.6 billion of improvements statewide on 4,422 miles of highway, 412 bridges, and 621 additional safety improvements. Visit https://idot.click/Rebuild-Illinois for information and highlights of other Rebuild Illinois projects happening throughout the state.

In addition to improving roads and bridges, Rebuild Illinois identifies in the Chicago area $400 million for the CREATE program, $500 million to establish passenger rail to the Quad Cities and Rockford, and $4 billion for the Regional Transportation Authority, which oversees the Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace.

For more information on IDOT projects, click here. Find traffic and road conditions at www.gettingaroundillinois.com. You also can follow IDOT on Facebook and Twitter.

8/26/2022 1:55 PM (Updated 8/26/2022 1:55 PM)
INDOT begins studies along U.S. 30 and U.S. 31 corridors

Public input sought in collaborative planning process


INDIANA – The Indiana Department of Transportation is asking for Hoosiers’ input as it begins a streamlined planning process along the U.S. 30 and U.S. 31 corridors in northern Indiana. The ProPEL U.S. 30 and ProPEL U.S. 31 studies will use a collaborative approach to consider environmental, community and economic goals early in project development.

The two-year studies will follow the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) process used by transportation agencies, such as INDOT, to assess innovative ways to address transportation challenges and needs. PEL studies allow INDOT to interact with communities as they share ideas and feedback related to long-term solutions on U.S. 30 and U.S. 31.

The process includes development of alternatives that balance input from the community with transportation engineering needs and environmental concerns. The information, analysis and decisions made during the PEL process can be leveraged in later phases of project development, including the environmental review process based on requirements established in the National Environmental Policy Act.

The studies span 180 miles across 12 counties and includes U.S. 30 from Valparaiso to the Indiana/Ohio state line (excluding the Fort Wayne bypass), as well as U.S. 31 between Hamilton County and Plymouth (excluding the Kokomo bypass). Counties within the study area include Allen, Fulton, Hamilton, Howard, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Porter, Starke, Tipton and Whitley Counties.

Anticipated completion of ProPEL U.S. 30 and ProPEL U.S. 31 is in fall of 2024. With community support, each study will identify a range of alternatives, including a no-build alternative for each corridor.

Information Gathering

The PEL studies will be collaborative, data-driven and influenced by the public’s ideas. Throughout the process, INDOT will invite input from communities along the corridor to identify what needs and concerns should be addressed by future improvements. With help from residents, motorists, businesses and other road users, INDOT can build infrastructure that will better serve Hoosiers. The studies will gather questions, concerns and ideas through a variety of means, including project websites, social media, and in-person and virtual public information meetings.

The first round of public meetings are planned for this fall. More information about each meeting will be available at a later date.

ProPEL U.S. 30 and ProPEL U.S. 31 are about what is possible. Together we will look at transportation challenges and needs, and work together to identify solutions that will enhance safety, mobility and economic development along each corridor. INDOT will evaluate the public’s suggestions to provide recommendations using engineering, environmental, economic and community factors.

Once the studies are complete and funding is identified for projects, INDOT will move into the next phases of development using the feedback and alternatives gathered during the PEL process.

For more information on each study, and to share ideas, visit the project websites listed below (live by end of day on Friday, August 26).

ProPEL U.S. 30: ProPELUS30.com

ProPEL U.S. 31: ProPELUS31.com

8/26/2022 12:06 PM (Updated 8/26/2022 12:08 PM)
State EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan

Available for Review and Public Comment

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Transportation today announced a draft version of Indiana's Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Deployment Plan is available online for review and public comment.

The plan is required by National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program, part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law passed in November 2021. Through the NEVI program, Indiana will receive significant federal formula funding over five years to support the construction and operation of Direct-Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations along alternative fuel corridors as designated by the Federal Highway Administration.

The intent of the NEVI program is to increase the availability of fast, reliable EV charging infrastructure across the country to reduce range anxiety and make EV ownership and operation more convenient.

Indiana's plan includes state agency coordination, public engagement, vision and goals, initial contracting and procurement guidance, existing and future conditions analysis, implementation considerations, cybersecurity planning, and civil rights and equity requirements.

The plan may be viewed online at https://www.in.gov/indot/current-programs/innovative-programs/electric-vehicle-charging-infrastructure-network/ under the "Draft Deployment Plan" tab. Written public comment on the plan can be submitted online through the "Public Comment Form" tab and will be accepted through August 20, 2022.

INDOT must submit the plan to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation for federal review by August 1, 2022. The Joint Office anticipates completing review of state plans by September 30, 2022. The plan will be updated annually over the life of the NEVI program.

7/20/2022 6:48 PM (Updated 7/20/2022 6:48 PM)
Public meeting July 28 on development new statewide electric vehicle infrastructure plan

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that it will host a virtual public meeting July 28 to provide information and get feedback on the development of the state’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure plan, the latest in Gov. JB Pritzker’s efforts to have one million electric vehicles registered in Illinois by 2030.

“Illinois has emerged as a leader in embracing electric vehicles as a cornerstone for economic growth and carbon reduction in our state,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Under Gov. Pritzker, a foundation has been laid to remake transportation as we know it here in Illinois. We are blazing a trail by creating infrastructure to support electric vehicles, connecting and uplifting communities along the way.”

Click here or visit https://idot.click/drive-electric to register and learn more. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Comments received at the meeting will help guide IDOT in developing a statewide plan to create and support an interconnected network of charging stations along key travel corridors. The plan is required for Illinois to receive an anticipated $148 million to invest in EV infrastructure as part of the historic, bipartisan federal Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act passed last year.

Additional stakeholder engagement, including meetings and the opportunity to submit ideas for charging station locations, will be scheduled as the plan is implemented later this year.

Nationwide, the U.S. Department of Transportation is overseeing the development of a network of 500,000 charging stations by 2030, ensuring a convenient, reliable, affordable and equitable charging experience for all users.

At the governor’s direction, IDOT is working closely with other state agencies, including the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, to achieve these goals in Illinois and make the most of available state and federal funding.

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Illinois. Emissions from cars and trucks, such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons, are harmful to human health and the environment. Generating no tailpipe emissions, EVs are an important part of Gov. Pritzker’s directive to reduce pollution and mitigate the effects of climate change.

7/15/2022 11:25 AM (Updated 7/15/2022 11:25 AM)
Rebuilding Peoria: Major projects highlight Year Four of Rebuild Illinois

Entering Year Four of Rebuild Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple projects in the Peoria area are underway or planned, highlighting an ongoing commitment made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker's historic, bipartisan capital program. Twelve major projects represent a total investment of $245.3 million, improving safety and mobility while sustaining and creating good-paying jobs throughout the region.

"With the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, we are restoring and transforming Illinois's aging infrastructure," said Gov. Pritzker. "Rebuild Illinois is not only about investing in infrastructure but about investing in people and communities as well. In the coming months, IDOT will undertake projects that will ultimately create safer roads and bridges and provide jobs in the Peoria area and across the entire state."

Of the 12 major projects in the Peoria area, 10 of them are scheduled to be completed in 2022, with the remaining two in 2023.

"Improving our roadway infrastructure throughout the Peoria region with these 12 projects reflects that it is a priority for all levels of Illinois government," said Peoria Mayor Rita Ali. "Road investments in our region not only employ people from our communities, but also helps to bolster our economy."

Projects and traffic impacts include:

Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing a total of $33.2 billion over six years into the state's aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history, but also the first that touches all modes of transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

"These projects represent another year that IDOT will be making transformational investments in the Peoria area and all across the state," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. "Please, pardon our dust while we Rebuild Illinois. When approaching and driving through any work zone, expect the unexpected and give workers a brake. Stay patient, put down the devices and slow down."

Accomplishments through March include approximately $7.3 billion of improvements statewide on almost 3,800 miles of highway, more than 370 bridges and nearly 550 additional safety improvements. Visit https://idot.click/Rebuild-Illinois for information and highlights of other Rebuild Illinois projects happening throughout the state.

5/20/2022 3:12 PM (Updated 5/23/2022 6:14 PM)
Rebuilding the Quad Cities: Major projects highlight Year Four of Rebuild Illinois

Entering Year Four of Rebuild Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that multiple projects in the Quad City area are planned or underway, highlighting an ongoing commitment made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan capital program. Seven major projects represent a total investment of $55.78 million, improving safety and mobility while sustaining and creating good-paying jobs throughout the region.

“With the Rebuild Illinois capital plan, we are restoring and transforming Illinois’s aging infrastructure,” said Gov. Pritzker. “Rebuild Illinois is not only about investing in infrastructure but about investing in people and communities as well. In the coming months, IDOT will undertake projects that will ultimately create safer roads and bridges and provide jobs in the Quad Cities and across the entire state.”

Five of the seven projects in the Quad Cities are scheduled to be completed in 2022.
“We welcome all types of infrastructure investments in the Quad Cities by our state partners,” said Moline Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati. “I look forward to continued investments in the future.”

“Our residents that travel on these streets and highways on a daily basis will be appreciative of the-much needed resources to improve their daily commute and travelling experience,” said East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman. “In particular, I thank Gov. Pritzker for listening to our requests, addressing our needs and facilitating a good partnership with our community.”

Projects and traffic impacts include (link to map):

“These projects represent another year that IDOT will be making transformational investments in the Quad Cities area,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Please, pardon our dust while we Rebuild Illinois. When approaching and driving through any work zone, expect the unexpected and give workers a brake. Stay patient, put down the devices and slow down.”

Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing a total of $33.2 billion over six years into the state’s aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history, but also the first that touches all modes of transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

Accomplishments through March include approximately $7.3 billion of improvements statewide on almost 3,800 miles of highway, more than 370 bridges and nearly 550 additional safety improvements. Visit https://idot.click/Rebuild-Illinois for information and highlights of other Rebuild Illinois projects happening throughout the state.

5/20/2022 2:46 PM (Updated 5/20/2022 2:47 PM)
Closure on Amstutz Expressway in Waukegan

 CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that a full closure will take place on the Amstutz Expressway (Illinois 137), between Genesee Street and Greenwood Avenue, weather permitting, from 5 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, to 1 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

The closure is necessary to accommodate the filming of Chicago Fire. A detour will direct motorists to Belvidere Street (Illinois 120) and Sheridan Road (Illinois 137). Access to local residences and businesses will be maintained

10/4/2022 11:49 AM (Updated 10/4/2022 11:49 AM)
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.

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