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Illinois Tollway Prepared For Weekend Snowfall

Drivers reminded to be alert for varied road conditions, reduce speed, keep safe distance from plows

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway is mobilizing its full fleet of 196 snowplows in response to a winter snowstorm moving into the area Saturday and continuing overnight into Sunday. Varied roadway conditions are anticipated across the 12-county Illinois Tollway system and could affect drivers in some areas during their weekend travels. The Tollway’s Snow Operations Center is open to manage the agency’s systemwide response to the storm.

“We’ll be working to keep our customers safe during this storm. Our fleet of plows will operate continuously until our roads are clear of snow and ice and our roadway team will rapidly responding to any drivers who need assistance on our system,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse. “Safety is always our highest priority, so we urge our customers to help us protect them by slowing down during winter storms and increasing their distance from other vehicles, particularly plows and emergency responders.”

Drivers whose vehicles become disabled should activate their hazard lights and dial *999 from a cellphone for assistance.  Drivers should note the roadway they are using, as well as the direction of travel and nearest milepost or crossroad. For crashes involving property damage only, drivers should continue driving and report the incident to Illinois State Police Troop 15 at 630-241-6800 ext. 5042.

To respond to this weather event, the Illinois Tollway has a full complement of more than 200 staff and supervisors working per shift to ensure that roadways are kept clear of snow and ice. If necessary, the Tollway can operate its full complement of plows around the clock to remove snow and ice from its roads.

Drivers can receive real-time information on pavement conditions and roadway incidents by signing up for Tollway Trip Tweets at twitter.com from the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com. Tweeters can follow all five Tollway Trips or just the roadways that interest them. The five are: @94_294_Tollway, @I_90_Tollway, @I_88_Tollway, @I_355_Tollway and @IL_390_Tollway.

The Illinois Tollway reminds motorists the state’s “Move Over Law” requires motorists to change lanes or to slow down and proceed with caution when passing any vehicle on the side of the road with hazard lights activated.

Drivers also should use caution when passing snowplows. During heavy snowfall, snowplows often work in tandem to remove as much ice, slush and snow as possible from all lanes at once. When it is safe to pass, the plows spread out and allow traffic to flow around them.

Winter Weather Travel Tips

The Tollway offers the following travel tips to keep safe during dangerously cold weather:

  1.  Be sure your cell phone is fully charged before heading out.
  2.  Be sure tires are properly inflated during cold weather. Tires lose a pound of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature drops.
  3.  Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up and ensure that you have extra to account for additional driving time if the weather is unfavorable.
  4.  Keep a cold weather safety kit in your car that includes gloves, boots, blankets, road flares, water and a flashlight with fresh batteries.
  5.  Stranded motorists should turn on their emergency lights and remain in their vehicles until help arrives.
  6.  Cell phone users should call *999 motorist assistance for roadway assistance and note the roadway and direction of travel and nearest milepost or crossroad.
1/28/2023 10:18 AM (Updated 1/28/2023 10:18 AM)
Public comment sought on U.S. 14 at Hartland/Hughes Road intersection improvements

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to learn more and comment about the preliminary engineering and environmental study for U.S. 14 at Hartland/Hughes roads in McHenry County.    

Instead of hosting a regular public meeting, IDOT will share details on the project and encourage public participation from Jan. 30 to Feb. 24 through the project website at: www.us14hartlandhughes.com/. The public can watch a presentation about the study, view exhibits and leave comments. 
 
The improvements are necessary due to crash history and frequency at the intersection. Short-term countermeasures were implemented in 2018. The purpose of the study is to assess the existing safety needs and evaluate long-term safety countermeasures to improve safety and operations at the intersection. 
 
In addition to the website, IDOT’s outreach efforts will include a newsletter mailed to residents of the study area and the opportunity to ask questions to IDOT staff over the phone by calling (847) 705-4569.
 
Written comments can be mailed to: 
 
Illinois Department of Transportation
Attn: Anna Kutryn
 Bureau of Programming
201 West Center Court
Schaumburg, Ill. 60196-1096 
 
All comments received by Feb. 24 will become part of the official public record. 
 
To request accommodations, including Spanish interpretation, and to assist individuals without internet access, please contact, Anna Kutryn at (847) 705-4569. TTY/TTD (866) 273-3681 or Telebraille services at (877) 526-6670. It may take at least five days to provide accommodations. 
1/24/2023 1:24 PM (Updated 1/24/2023 1:28 PM)
IDOT and CDOT reach agreement to streamline implementation of safety improvements

Collaboration to help address rise in traffic fatalities, improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists  

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation have come to a new agreement that will streamline and accelerate the process of delivering proven and scalable safety measures on local roads and state routes within the City of Chicago. The Memorandum of Understanding, signed by Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman and CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi, establishes preapproval of certain infrastructure designs related to Chicago’s urban street context to improve safety for people walking, biking and driving. 
 
“Today’s MOU builds on our partnership with CDOT and outlines concrete steps that we are taking to address safety, while further enhancing our ongoing collaboration and joint commitment to making roads safer for all users,” said Osman. “Together, we will continue to work towards our joint goal of zero fatalities and to make Chicago and Illinois roads as safe and accessible as possible.” 
 
“As set out in the City of Chicago’s Strategic Plan for Transportation and funded through Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago Works local capital bond, CDOT is leveraging all our projects to implement high-impact safety solutions,” said Biagi. “This MOU is an important step forward in creating safer streets for our most vulnerable road users, such as children, people with disabilities, older adults and people walking, biking, and rolling.” 
 
The improved collaboration between CDOT and IDOT ultimately will help to streamline the approval and delivery process for implementing proven safety countermeasures to help address the trend of rising traffic fatalities in Chicago, Illinois and across the country, particularly among bicyclists and pedestrians. The MOU will go into effect immediately and establishes: 
The MOU applies to the approximately 400 miles of road that are under state jurisdiction in Chicago, excluding expressways. These include some of the most heavily traveled streets in the City. 
 
“We are incredibly encouraged by CDOT and IDOT’s commitment to drive meaningful and action-oriented strategies to improve safety,” said Erin Aleman, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. “It is only through close collaboration and partnership as a region that we will succeed in making our streets safer, more accessible and equitable, and most importantly, in saving lives.” 
 
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, traffic fatalities have risen sharply nationwide and in Chicago, with a range of factors likely contributing to these trends, such as driver behavior, increased speed and some legacy street designs, with speed as one of the most important factors in determining crash risk and crash severity.
1/17/2023 12:21 PM (Updated 1/17/2023 12:24 PM)
Illinois Tollway Prepared for Winter Storm Threatening Region with Heavy Snowfall and Strong Winds

Drivers reminded to reduce speed, allow extra time for holiday travels 

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway is prepared to deploy its full fleet of 196 snowplows in response to a winter storm moving into the area Thursday and likely continuing through Friday, possibly bringing heavy snowfall and strong winds that could affect roadway conditions and reduce visibility, hampering drivers during their daily commutes and holiday travels. The Tollway’s Snow Operations Center will be open to manage the agency’s systemwide response to the storm. 
 
“Our top priority during this storm will be keeping our customers safe by operating our plows around the clock to rapidly remove snow and ice from our roads and by quickly responding to any drivers whose vehicles become disabled on our system during this severe weather,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse. “Our customers can help us keep them safe by slowing down, allowing extra time to reach their destinations and by giving our snowplows the extra room they need to keep the roads clear.” 
 
To respond to this weather event, the Illinois Tollway has a full complement of more than 200 staff and supervisors working per shift to ensure that roadways are kept clear of snow and ice.  
 
Drivers whose vehicles become disabled should activate their hazard lights and dial *999 from a cellphone for assistance from Illinois State Police District 15.  Drivers should note the roadway they are using, as well as the direction of travel and nearest milepost or crossroad. For crashes involving property damage only, drivers should report the incident to 630-241-6800 ext. 5042 and continue driving. 
 
To receive real-time information on pavement conditions and roadway incidents, drivers should up for Tollway Trip Tweets at twitter.com from the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com. Tweeters can follow all five Tollway Trips or just the roadways that interest them. The five are: @94_294_Tollway, @I_90_Tollway, @I_88_Tollway, @I_355_Tollway and @IL_390_Tollway. 
 
The Illinois Tollway reminds motorists the state’s “Move Over Law” requires motorists to change lanes or to slow down and proceed with caution when passing any vehicle on the side of the road with hazard lights activated. 
 
Drivers also should use caution when passing snowplows. During heavy snowfall, snowplows often work in tandem to remove as much ice, slush and snow as possible from all lanes at once. When it is safe to pass, the plows spread out and allow traffic to flow around them. 
 
Winter Weather Travel Tips
The Tollway offers the following travel tips to keep safe during dangerously cold weather:
12/21/2022 10:26 AM (Updated 12/21/2022 10:29 AM)
Bookmark GettingAroundIllinois.com now for statewide road conditions this winter
With cold weather settling in and the first major winter storm of the season potentially on its way, the Illinois Department of Transportation is reminding the public to visit and bookmark GettingAroundIllinois.com for continually updated information on road conditions. Weather can change quickly in Illinois, so whether you’re driving a short distance or taking a longer trip, GettingAroundIllinois.com is an essential resource to keep you updated 24/7/365 on road conditions throughout the state all winter long.
 
“Our No. 1 priority is making sure roads are safe for the motoring public, but you should always prepare yourself before taking any trips,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Completely clearing roads during and after a weather event can take some time and depends on a variety of factors. We will get the job done, but ask the public to please remain patient during winter weather and always check GettingAroundIllinois.com before driving anywhere for the most updated road conditions.”
 
GettingAroundIllinois.com is available on your computer and optimized for smartphones. The site includes the ability to identify and zoom in on a location, travel route or destination on a state map. Road conditions are recorded by plow drivers out in the field and relayed to GettingAroundIllinois.com through a cloud-based system to provide a general overview on IDOT-maintained highways.
 
The road conditions map averages more than 2.5 million pageviews during snow-and-ice season, featuring a color scheme of pinks and blues to differentiate from the red, yellow and green of traffic congestion reporting, as well as to increase accessibility for those who have difficulty distinguishing colors.
 
Like others in the transportation industry, IDOT has seen the demand grow for workers with commercial driver’s licenses. The department has positions open for temporary and permanent highway maintainers for snow removal this winter. For more information, visit idot.illinois.gov.
12/20/2022 11:54 AM (Updated 12/20/2022 11:54 AM)
Overnight expressway graffiti removal next week

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that graffiti removal is scheduled to take place along the expressway system in Cook County over two consecutive nights, weather permitting, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday, Nov. 21 and Tuesday, Nov. 22. 

 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.

11/18/2022 4:27 PM (Updated 11/21/2022 10:52 AM)
ILLINOIS TOLLWAY AWARDS MORE THAN $95.4 million IN CONTRACTS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES IN OCTOBER
More than $10.5 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 more than $95.4 million at its October Board meeting.
 
Nearly $1.1 billion 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 $10.5 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 114,660 total jobs as of September.
 
“Approval of these items today ensures that contracts are in place to continue work into the next construction season on the Tollway’s projects to maintain and improve existing roadways and bridges and deliver new infrastructure,” said Executive Director Cassaundra Rouse. “These contracts allow the Tollway continue to support a variety of businesses and provide jobs for the region’s construction and engineering industry.”
 
The contracts approved in October include three contractors and consultants and 20 subcontractors and subconsultants that are certified as disadvantaged, minority-and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms and one consultant and seven subcontractors and subconsultant that are certified veteran-owned firms. Commitments for D/M/WBE participation range from 23.42 to 53.38 percent per contract and commitments for veteran participation range from 0.98 to 74 percent per contract.
 

October construction contracts awards include:

October professional engineering services contract awards include:

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.
10/20/2022 3:35 PM (Updated 1/15/2023 3:46 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)
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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