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Illinois joins Border to Border effort to enforce seatbelt laws, reduce injuries and fatalities
As summer driving season ramps up entering the Memorial Day weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are teaming with up more than 600 law enforcement agencies throughout the state in the national “Border to Border” mobilization. The campaign is organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
 
“Over the past two years during the COVID pandemic, Illinois has seen a significant increase in traffic crashes and fatalities,” said Cynthia Watters, IDOT’s bureau chief of Safety Programs and Engineering. “We know that buckling up and securing children in child safety seats are a proven way to save lives.”
 
Border to Border harnesses the power of 10,000 agencies across states, cities and jurisdictions to increase seat belt use in order to save lives. The program aims to increase seat belt usage by coordinating highly visible enforcement and providing educational materials.
 
Illinois law enforcement will increase patrols and seat belt enforcement zones along major interstates, state border crossings and hundreds of well-traveled local roads starting May 23rd and extending through Memorial Day.
 
“The number of citations the Illinois State Police issued for seatbelt violations increased from 12,714 in 2020, to 15,235 in 2021, as did written warnings for seatbelt violations,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly. “Wearing a seatbelt is a simple action that saves lives. During the Memorial Day weekend, ISP troopers will be on the highways enforcing seatbelt laws in an effort to keep you safe.”
 
Nationally of the 22,215 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2019, 47% were not wearing seat belts. In 2020, there were 16 crashes in Illinois over the Memorial Day weekend resulting in 16 fatalities. Last year’s Memorial Day weekend – the period from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday – saw 11 crashes resulting in 14 fatalities.
 
Keep these tips in mind when traveling:  
 
  • Buckle up. Wearing a seat belt positions you in the vehicle safely, works with air bags to protect you and slows the body down in a crash to minimize injury.
  • Slow down. Speed drastically increases the risk of injury or death in a crash.
  • Sober up. Alcohol and drugs inhibit your ability to operate a vehicle. Do not use them and get behind the wheel.
  • Phone down. Using a phone for talking, texting or social media is not only dangerous, it is illegal in Illinois.
 
Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer vacation season. Many motorists will be traveling across Illinois highways. We want everyone to arrive safely at their final destinations.
For more information about Click It or Ticket, visit www.buckleupillinois.org.
 
5/24/2022 2:58 PM (Updated 5/24/2022 8:10 PM)
Overnight Expressway Graffiti Removal This Week

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that graffiti removal is scheduled to take place along the expressway system in Cook and the collar counties over two consecutive nights, weather permitting, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26.

Motorists can expect shoulder closures with brief lane closures as required and should allow extra time for trips through areas where workers are present. At all times, drivers are urged to pay close attention for flaggers and signs in work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment. If you encounter maintenance vehicles and workers, slow down, move over and give them space – it’s the law.

Throughout the year, IDOT works in conjunction with the City of Chicago on graffiti removal operations but looks for the public’s cooperation as well.

Graffiti can be extremely dangerous for those involved, with removal efforts costing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. If you see this kind of vandalism taking place, please call law enforcement immediately.  

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.

5/23/2022 3:41 PM (Updated 5/23/2022 3:41 PM)
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)
Illinois Tollway Awards Nearly $31.5 Million in Contracts for Construction and Professional Services in May

\More than $9.6 billion invested since start of Move Illinois Program

DOWNERS GROVE, IL –The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved seven construction and professional engineering services contracts totaling nearly $31.5 million at its May Board meeting.

Nearly $195.8 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 $9.6 billion has been invested by the Illinois Tollway since the Move Illinois Program began in 2012, with more than $2.5 billion of that total committed to small, diverse and veteran-owned firms. In addition, the capital program has created or sustained an estimated 108,400 total jobs as of April.

"Move Illinois is providing construction and professional services opportunities for a wide variety of work needed in rebuilding and strengthening the Tollway’s transportation infrastructure across Northern Illinois,” said Interim Executive Director Lanyea Griffin.

The contracts approved in May include five contractors and consultants and 10 subcontractors and subconsultants that are certified as disadvantaged, minority-and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms and six subcontractors and subconsultant that are certified veteran-owned firms. Commitments for D/M/WBE participation range from 16.37 to 87 percent per contract and commitments for veteran participation range from 2.31 percent to 6 percent per contract.                                                                                                         
May construction contracts awarded include:

May professional engineering services contract awarded includes:

Illinois Tollway professional engineering services contracts are selected in accordance with the qualifications-based selection process (Illinois Public Act 87-673 (30 ILCS 535/1-535/80) Architectural, Engineering and Land Surveying Qualifications-Based Selection Act), which requires state agencies to select professional architects, engineers and surveyors based on demonstrated competence and professional qualifications. 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.

5/20/2022 12:06 PM (Updated 5/20/2022 12:07 PM)
Risk Of Pavement Buckling Rises With Temperatures
Warmer temperatures forecast throughout southern Wisconsin could create conditions for pavement buckling. Motorists are asked to take extra caution.
 
Pavement can buckle when the weather quickly goes from cool to very hot. This causes slabs of pavement to expand and push against one another. If the pressure becomes great enough, the pavement can buckle and create unexpected bumps or dips. Watch the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) animation on pavement buckles
 
While it’s difficult to predict if or where buckling may occur, WisDOT offers these tips: 
5/9/2022 2:33 PM (Updated 5/9/2022 2:45 PM)
Annual Lifting of 27 Bridges From Ashland Avenue to Lake Shore Drive

Annual spring lifting of 27 bridges from Ashland Avenue to Lake Shore Drive continues on a bi-weekly schedule on Saturdays and Wednesdays until June 29



CHICAGO – The City of Chicago continues its spring bridge lifts through the end of June, with the raising of 27 bridges from S. Ashland Ave. to DuSable Lake Shore Drive. The annual boat runs allow recreational sail boats to move from boat storage yards to harbors in Lake Michigan. Tomorrow’s boat run will start at 9 a.m.  During boat runs, the bridges are raised sequentially, typically one at a time. Each bridge lift takes an average of eight to 12 minutes.

A total of 27 bridges will be lifted in succession starting with the Ashland Avenue Bridge, bi-weekly on Saturdays and Wednesdays, based on demand from boat yards. The first bridge is raised at about 8 a.m. on Saturdays and about 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays. When temperatures are high, we will start Saturday lifts earlier to avoid high heat. It typically takes about four hours for the boats to reach the lake.

The spring 2022 bridge lift schedule is as follows:

May 25, 2022 9:00 a.m
June 1, 2022 9:00 a.m
June 4, 2022 8:00 a.m.
June 8, 2022 9:00 a.m
June 11, 2022 8:00 a.m.
June 15, 2022 9:00 a.m
June 18, 2022 8:00 a.m.
June 22, 2022 9:00 a.m
June 25, 2022 8:00 a.m.
June 29, 2022 9:00 a.m
5/7/2022 8:32 AM (Updated 5/21/2022 4:00 PM)
New Illinois highway map hits the streets
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced the release of the new Illinois Official Highway Map. The map includes route updates as well as a new feature that shows mileage between towns and marked route junctions to help residents and visitors alike plan their travels throughout Illinois.
 
“While many of us now use smartphones for directions, paper maps remain an important resource,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “When your phone dies or you drive out of range, paper maps will show you the way. What’s more, they provide valuable information about our great state to help you make the most of your travels.”
 
The new map’s cover features a beautiful shot of the capitol building in autumn. The photograph was the winner of IDOT’s employee map cover contest, submitted by Andrew Bolinger, an office assistant.
 
For those with a smartphone, QR codes printed on the maps provide easy access to information on IDOT’s Getting Around Illinois site for travel conditions, Amtrak, the Office of Tourism’s Enjoy Illinois campaign as well as Illinois Department of Natural Resources historic sites and parks.
 
The Illinois Official Highway Map is paid for with funds from the Federal Highway Administration and published by IDOT every two years on recycled paper with soybean oil-based inks. To request a map, contact DOT.maps@illinois.gov. Free copies also will be available soon at interstate rest areas and other IDOT facilities.
5/5/2022 5:18 PM (Updated 5/9/2022 12:54 PM)
Wisconsin DMV adds new online option to order special license plates

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) recently launched an online option for ordering special or personalized plates. 

DMV offers 52 special plate options plus the opportunity to personalize. Having a step-by-step process is helpful when selecting a vehicle’s first license plate. The DMV Special and Personalized License Plate Application portal tracks all the options, estimates the fees and places the order online so new customized plates are ready faster.
 
Last year, more than 33,087 special license plates, which provide recognition for the sponsoring group, were ordered. DMV’s new online service for special plates:
 
·        Confirms owner qualifications and allows eligibility documents to be attached to the application.
·        Estimates most fees, including the additional $15 special plate issuance fee and the usual vehicle registration fee
·        Collects the $25 donation as part of the special group’s plate fee, if applicable.
 
Ordering personalized messages on new plates is another option through this online portal. Depending on the type of plate, personalization can be from one to seven letters and/or numbers.
 
Ordering first-time plates with this new online service starts the production of the plate sooner so customers can receive their plates faster. It usually takes 5 to 10 business days for customers to receive a special plate or 4 to 6 weeks for a plate with a personalized message. 
 
Expanded online option joins streamlined services
 
While this new online service applies to first-time plates for a vehicle, customers have other online options. Renewals can be done online (wisconsindmv.gov/renew). Those who need both a title for their vehicle and want a non-personalized specialty license plate or one that doesn’t require eligibility can apply online through eMV Public

Those who already have a license plate on their vehicle and want to change the plates to a personalized or specialty license plate, can simply select the form designated for the plate, print, complete and mail it in with a check or money order. Changing plates can be done at any time. 
 
Information on special plates is available at wisconsindmv.gov/specialplates.
 
Quick facts
·        Wisconsin DMV offers 52 special license plates
·        Personalized messages can be added to most special license plates
·        Each month, an average of 2,757 people order special license plates
·        In 2021, more than 33,087 special license plates were ordered
3/29/2022 10:09 AM (Updated 4/18/2022 11:29 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.

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

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