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Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Reminds Drivers to Give Them Distance to Stay Safe on the Roadways During Busy Holiday Travel Days

The Illinois Tollway anticipates drivers will get a jump start on this season’s holiday travel on Friday, December 15, with more than 1.8 million vehicles expected on the Tollway system and more than 1.7 million vehicles traveling each day next week. On an average day, about 1.6 million vehicles use the Illinois Tollway.

While on the road this holiday season, drivers should be alert to any vehicle on the side of the road with emergency or hazard lights flashing. When approaching vehicles with flashing lights, drivers should slow down and change lanes safely.

“Our goal is simple. Let’s create safer roadways throughout Illinois – slow down, move over and Give Them Distance,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. “Our drivers have a right to be safe when they are traveling and need to pull over in the case of an emergency, but they also need to remember to do their part as well and take precautions when flashing lights and another vehicle or workers on the side of the road come into view.”

The Illinois Tollway anticipates 1.2 million vehicles will travel on the Tollway system on Sunday, December 24, and nearly 1.3 million on Christmas Day. More than 1 million vehicles are expected on the Tollway system on Sunday, December 31, and New Year’s Day.

Spreading Holiday Cheer

In keeping with holiday tradition, 7-Eleven and McDonald’s are inviting motorists to stop at a Tollway oasis for a free small cup of coffee on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

·        Des Plaines Oasis, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. at 7-Eleven

·        Belvidere Oasis, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. at 7-Eleven and McDonald’s

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

·        Lake Forest Oasis – 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. at 7-Eleven and McDonald’s

·        O’Hare Oasis – 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. at McDonald’s and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. at 7-Eleven.

·        Hinsdale Oasis – 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. at 7-Eleven and McDonald’s

·        Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis – 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. at McDonald’s and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. at 7-Eleven

Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)

·        DeKalb Oasis, 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. at 7-Eleven and McDonald’s

12/14/2017 11:57 AM (Updated 12/14/2017 11:57 AM)

Indiana Toll Road logo   ITRCC Announces New ITS Project and Operational Improvements Along With a Winter Safety Update

Building upon the recently deployed 70 mile fiber optic cable network, in early 2018 ITRCC will commence operation of an intelligent transportation system (ITS). The ITS will include numerous full color dynamic message signs (DMS) along the roadway. These DMS are capable of displaying safety messages that provide advanced warning to motorists of potential road hazards such as incidents, work zones and adverse weather conditions. The ITS also includes variable speed signs to reduce speeds and increase road safety in the event of such a hazard. In addition, a series of roadside cameras are included in the ITS, which, in conjunction with incident management software, is capable of detecting road incidents in real time. This system will provide support to both ITRCC and Indiana State first responders by decreasing response times and increasing overall road safety.
“The Intelligent Transportation System is being put into place to increase safety messaging to customers, reduce speeds during periods of inclement weather or road incidents, and allow for an increased level of traffic monitoring to improve ITRCC and first responder response times,” said Rick Fedder, Chief Operating Officer for ITR Concession Company. “All operational improvements are a means to continually drive road-safety throughout the corridor of the Indiana Toll Road.”

The Indiana State Police are also benefiting from the new ITS Systems by providing a new perspective to ITR Road safety and an increase in customer communications. “The Indiana State Police and ITRCC have worked together with a mutual goal of public safety. Implementing ITS is a great step to get important messages to every car that travels the Indiana Toll Road,” said Sgt. Ted Bohner, Indiana State Police.

12/14/2017 11:55 AM (Updated 12/14/2017 11:55 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Drive Sober initiative begins Friday

Statewide crackdown on impaired drivers begins Friday, runs through New Year’s Day

To help deter impaired driving over the upcoming holiday period, state and local law enforcement throughout Wisconsin will patrol in greater numbers and for additional hours as part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that begins Friday, December 15 and continues through New Year’s Day.

“Drivers impaired by alcohol, prescription medications or other drugs endanger everyone along our roadways,” said David Pabst, Director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s (WisDOT) Bureau of Transportation Safety. “While law enforcement will make arrests and issue citations as necessary, the primary goal of these campaigns is to encourage voluntary compliance with laws designed to keep everyone safe.”

Along with statewide campaigns like “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” WisDOT uses dedicated federal funds to help coordinate 24 OWI task forces across Wisconsin that combine multiple law enforcement agencies to conduct high-visibility enforcement efforts. Task force activities occur year-round, are typically announced ahead of time, and often involve roadside signage and vests on officers informing the public that intensified enforcement of impaired driving laws is underway.

WisDOT also offers a free Drive Sober mobile app which includes a blood alcohol estimator, designated driver selector, and find-a-ride feature that uses a smart phone’s GPS to locate alternative transportation. Since its launch in February 2013, over 73,760 people have accessed the app.

“To help ensure a safe, happy holiday season, we’re reminding all motorists to buckle up, drive at an appropriate speed, be patient, and be sober and alert behind the wheel.”

12/13/2017 11:46 AM (Updated 12/13/2017 3:40 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Public Hearing for IL-47/Reagan Tollway Improvements set Dec. 14

The Village of Sugar Grove in partnership with Kane County, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Tollway will host a public hearing Thursday Dec. 14, 2017 regarding potential improvements to the IL-47 (Sugar Grove Parkway) interchange with Interstate 88 (Reagan Memorial Tollway) in Kane County.

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

 4-7 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 14

Waubonsee Community College

Academic and Professional Center

Event Room (use North Entrance)

IL-47 and Waubonsee Drive

Sugar Grove, IL 60554

 The purpose of the hearing is to obtain public input on the preferred alternative, Environmental Assessment (EA), and the section 4(f) impacts to Hannaford Woods/Nickels Farm Forest Preserve.

 Interested persons may attend anytime between 4 and 7 p.m. Exhibits will be on display and an audiovisual presentation will be shown continuously during the hearing. Project team members will be present to discuss the project and answer questions. A public forum will begin at 6 p.m., where the public will be invited to make a statement to a court reporter to be included in the official record of the project. 

 Section 4(f) protects significant publicly-owned parks, recreational areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuge, and historic sites of national, state, or local significance.  Hannaford Woods/Nickels Farm Forest Preserve is covered under section 4(f) and the 4(f) document describes the impacts to the resource and efforts to avoid, minimize and mitigate or enhance the resource. 

 The EA document has been completed and will be presented at the public hearing. The EA will be available for public review and comment on at at the Sugar Grove Village Hall, the Sugar Grove Public Library, and at the IDOT District 1 office at 201 W. Center Court in Schaumburg.  Comments will be accepted through Jan. 19, 2018.


*This hearing will be accessible to people with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance should contact Peter Johnston at (773) 399-0112. Persons planning to attend who will need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the department’s TTY/TTD number (800) 526-0844/or 711; TTY users (Spanish) (800) 501-0864/or 711; and Telebraille (877) 526-6670 at least five (5) days prior to the meeting.


12/12/2017 4:30 PM (Updated 12/14/2017 11:18 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   I-94 North/South project Public Involvement Meeting set for December 14th

Will cover mainline, frontage and development roadway plans

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is hosting a Public Involvement Meeting to show the public current plans for I-94 in Racine County and to discuss plans covering the frontage roads and the development roads around the Foxconn development site.                      

When: Thursday December 14th 3 – 7 P.M.

Mount Pleasant Village Hall 8811 Campus Drive Mount Pleasant WI

The meeting will be an open house with staff available to discuss current plans and schedules for the upcoming projects. There will be information and displays covering the work along the I-94 North/South mainline, along with the reconstruction of the frontage roads running between KR and WIS 20. Additional information will be available on the most current plans to address the development roads around the development site.

12/7/2017 11:48 AM (Updated 12/9/2017 8:27 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   PIM For US-12 Bridge Rehabilitations And Improvements

                                                                                                                             Public meeting set for US 12 bridge rehabilitations and improvements
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will hold a Public Involvement Meeting (PIM) to discuss the proposed bridge rehabilitations and related roadway improvements along US-12, between CR-B and WIS 50, in Walworth County.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
4-6 p.m.
Bloomfield Town Hall
N1100 Town Hall Road
Pell Lake, WI 53157
Proposed Improvements:

  •     Bridge Deck Overlays
  •     Bridge Deck Replacements
  •     County B and Clover Road Improvements
  •     Bridge Steel Painting

The meeting will follow an informal, open house format with WisDOT representatives available to discuss the proposed project in detail. Attendees may stop in at their convenience and view exhibits, meet with project staff, ask questions, and provide feedback. WisDOT encourages property and business owners, interested residents, and other stakeholders to attend the meeting.
If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide feedback, please feel free to contact Project Manager (Preliminary Design) Cindy Flower, at (262) 548-5695 or at Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Cindy at 141 NW Barstow Street, P.O. Box 798, Waukesha, WI 53187. Citizens who require an interpreter may request one by contacting Cindy at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (Dial 711).

12/5/2017 4:09 PM (Updated 12/9/2017 8:54 AM)

Keep Us Alive Drive 45 logo   Keep Us Alive Drive 45

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

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

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