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Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Driver Training for Bus on Shoulder Begins March 12 on the Edens Expressway

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that training for the Bus on Shoulders program along the Edens Expressway (I-94) begins Monday, March 12. Motorists are reminded that the shoulders always will be available for their use in the event of vehicle breakdowns and other emergencies.

Starting March 12, Pace bus drivers will begin training to drive on the expressway shoulders on the Edens. Training will take place Monday through Friday, as well as Saturday morning. Permanent signs were installed last Fall along the corridor to advise motorists of the upcoming Bus on Shoulder program.

As part of the Bus on Shoulder program, buses will be permitted to use the outside shoulder as a driving lane only during periods of peak congestion when traffic is moving slower than 35 mph. They will be restricted to traveling no more than 15 mph over the top speed of vehicles in the expressway lanes and never greater than 35 mph.

The shoulders will be off limits to buses if they are being used because of snow removal efforts, traffic stops by law enforcement, routine maintenance duties and motorists who need to pull over.

The new service is scheduled to officially launch mid-April 2018. For more information on the program, visit

3/12/2018 5:23 PM (Updated 3/15/2018 1:39 PM)

Michigan Department of Transportation   Canadian Currency Toll Rates At The Blue Water Bridge Decrease Beginning April 1

Fast facts:

- MDOT previously announced a currency parity policy effective April 1, 2016, for the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron.
- The Canadian rate for eastbound traffic will be reviewed and adjusted April 1 and Oct. 1 of each year.
- The rate adjustments are rounded to the nearest $0.25 and calculated based on the prior six-month average daily exchange rates between U.S. and Canadian currencies.

In accordance with the Blue Water Bridge parity rate adjustment policy, toll rates paid in Canadian currency (CAD) will decrease by $0.25. Based on the current average daily exchange rate, the toll rates below will be in effect April 1 through Sept. 30, 2018:

  •     Passenger vehicle tolls will decrease to $3.75 (CAD) per trip.
  •     Extra axles will decrease to $3.75 (CAD) per trip.
  •     Trucks and buses per axle will decrease to $4 (CAD) per trip.
3/6/2018 12:25 PM (Updated 3/10/2018 10:12 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Public Invited To An Open House For 2018 US-169 Improvement Project Between Jordan and Blakely Township

Area residents, businesses and motorists are invited to attend an open house to learn about an upcoming 2018 US-169 improvement project. The US-169 project area will be just south MN-282 in Jordan to north of MN-19 in Blakely Township.

Join us anytime between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Belle Plaine City Hall, Council Chambers, 218 Meridian Street in Belle Plaine. A short presentation is scheduled at 5 p.m.

Open house attendees will be able to speak with project staff and get questions answered.

For more information about this project visit:

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or email your request to

3/6/2018 10:58 AM (Updated 3/17/2018 8:48 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Segment Open House Meetings Set For March/April 2018

As project staff prepare for another active construction season, we want to keep you informed and involved about the I-39/90 improvements in your area this year and beyond. The dates and times of the segment open house meetings are as follows:

North Segment – Edgerton to Madison

  •     When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.   No scheduled presentation; stop by at your convenience.
  •     Where: WisDOT Southwest Region Project Field Office, 111 Interstate Blvd., Edgerton, WI 53534     Please enter through the east side of the building (Door B).
  •     Project Contact: Craig Pringle, P.E.  (608) 884-7132 |

Central Segment – Janesville to Edgerton

  •     When: Monday, March 12, 2018 – 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.     No scheduled presentation; stop by at your convenience.
  •     Where: Holiday Inn Express, Conference Center     3100 Wellington Place, Janesville, WI 53546
  •     Project Contact: Derek Potter, P.E.     (608) 884-7135 |

South Segment – Beloit to Janesville

You are encouraged to attend the meeting and ask questions regarding this project. No presentations are scheduled at these meetings; however, exhibits showing the planned improvements, including this year's construction projects, will be on display. WisDOT representatives will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis.

2/27/2018 3:46 PM (Updated 3/3/2018 8:25 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   INDOT Hosting Meetings to Update Public on ADA Transition Plan

The Indiana Department of Transportation today announced two upcoming public meetings to discuss INDOT's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan. Members of the ADA Community Advisory Working Group and the public will have the opportunity to provide information and recommendations regarding INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan and provide input to INDOT on how to improve accessibility to all INDOT programs and facilities. This includes efforts to increase the public involvement of persons with disabilities in transportation planning.

The first meeting will be held Thursday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to noon ET. The second meeting will be Thursday, March 22 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. Both meetings will be held in the Indiana Government Center South Conference Center, 302 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Both meetings can be attended online at

INDOT’s ADA Transition Plan examines current facilities and services for barriers to access for persons with disabilities. INDOT uses this plan to quantify and prioritize changes that will bring its programs and practices into compliance with Title II of the ADA, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and all related statutes, regulations and directives. The current document (being revised and updated for 2018) is available for review in Microsoft Word and PDF format on INDOT’s website under "Accessibility & Non-Discrimination" at

In accordance with the “Americans with Disabilities Act”, persons with disabilities requiring assistance and/or accommodation related to the accessibility to project documents and participation at the public hearing venue, are encouraged to contact Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601

About the Indiana Department of Transportation
INDOT empowers businesses to deliver Indiana to the world and bring the world to Indiana by providing a transportation network that is second to none. The agency builds and maintains more than 28,000 lane miles of highway and 5,600 bridges, and provides oversight for 117 public aviation facilities and more than 4,000 miles of active rail lines. Indiana ranked as the #1 state in the U.S. for infrastructure in CNBC’s 2016 “Top States for Business” ranking. Learn more about INDOT at

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Indiana Department of Transportation
100 N. Senate Ave., IGCN 755
Indianapolis, IN 46204

2/12/2018 3:33 PM (Updated 2/14/2018 12:20 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Zero Weather Road Patrols Activated to Aid Customers During Extreme Cold

The Illinois Tollway‘s around-the-clock Zero Weather Road Patrols are currently activated and assisting stranded customers during the severe cold weather and dangerous wind chills anticipated to continue into this week.

The Illinois Tollway typically operates Zero Weather Road Patrols whenever temperatures or sustained wind chills fall below zero degrees. The 24-hour patrols search for drivers stranded in disabled vehicles and respond to calls that come in to *999 motorist assistance, Illinois Tollway dispatch or Illinois State Police District 15.

“The Illinois Tollway puts customers’ safety first and our crews are on patrol to offer a helping hand to drivers during the dangerously cold conditions,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. “We also remind drivers to 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 Give Them Distance by slowing down and changing lanes safely when possible.”

While the Illinois Tollway’s Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (H.E.L.P.) trucks sponsored by State Farm run from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, a minimum of 12 Zero Weather Road Patrols provide additional coverage throughout the day and night, including weekends to augment H.E.L.P. trucks and Illinois State Police patrols.

The Zero Weather Road Patrols consist of crew cab trucks equipped with arrow boards for directing traffic around accidents or stranded vehicles and accommodate up to five passengers if motorists need to be transported to a Tollway maintenance garage, toll plaza or Tollway oasis while service is obtained.  Cars or trucks with empty fuel tanks, flat tires, batteries needing a boost, or overheated radiators are just some of the most frequent problems reported among drivers needing help.

Winter Weather Travel Tips

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

  • Be sure your cell phone is fully charged before heading out.
  • Be sure tires are properly inflated during cold weather. Tires lose a pound of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature drops.
  • 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.
  • Keep a cold weather safety kit in your car that includes gloves, boots, blankets, road flares, water and a flashlight with fresh batteries.
  • Stranded motorists should turn on their emergency lights and remain in their vehicles until help arrives.
  • Cell phone users should call *999 motorist assistance for roadway assistance and note the roadway and direction of travel and nearest milepost or crossroad.

The Illinois Tollway also reminds customers that oases located along the Tollway system serve as warming centers and also provide drivers an opportunity to check their vehicles or simply take a break. The oases provide a variety of food, beverage and retail offerings, as well as 7-Eleven stores and fuel stations. On the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80), there are four oases: Lake Forest, O’Hare, Hinsdale and Chicago Southland Lincoln in South Holland. There is an oasis on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in DeKalb and on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Belvidere, as well as 7-Eleven stores and fuel stations at the Des Plaines Oasis also on I-90.

Illinois Tollway Keeps Drivers Informed

In addition to working to keep roads free of snow and ice, the Illinois Tollway provides drivers with information to help them reach their destinations safely during winter weather events.

The Illinois Tollway’s Traffic and Incident Management System (TIMS) provides real-time travel times and roadway conditions on over-the-road electronic message signs throughout the Tollway.

Real-time roadway incident information including the type of incident, location and impact on traffic is also available via Twitter at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355, Tollway Trip 94/294 and Tollway Trip 390.

To prepare for trips short or long, drivers can also check out information available via Traveler Quick Links before traveling. Customers also can access live camera feeds that offer “bird’s-eye” views from different locations along the Tollway system by selecting the “Traffic Cameras” link on the Interactive Tollway Map on the homepage at

12/26/2017 1:50 PM (Updated 12/27/2017 1:36 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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