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Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Motorists asked to watch for Adopt-a-Highway workers

Volunteers remove tons of trash and recyclables while keeping roadsides looking clean and green for state residents and visitors

Once the spring snow finally melts, motorists can expect to see Wisconsin Adopt-a-Highway volunteers working along state highways to collect a winter’s worth of accumulated trash. Last year, Wisconsin’s 2,780 Adopt-a-Highway groups collected 165 tons of trash and recyclables. County highway crews gather the bagged materials.

“Wisconsin’s Adopt-a-Highway workers provide an important public service, support tourism and economic development by keeping our roadsides looking attractive for both state residents and visitors,” said Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Secretary Dave Ross. “We ask drivers to be cautious and alert at all times - especially when they see people working along our roadsides.”

Of the 11,800 miles of state highway in Wisconsin, about 4,125 miles (about one-third of the system) are still available for adoption, meaning there’s plenty of room for interested volunteers. Groups interested in adopting a state highway segment can find more information on the WisDOT website.

Adopt-a-Highway workers are asked to clean-up their assigned two-mile state highway segment at least three times per year. WisDOT furnishes safety vests, highway worker signs, a safety training video, trash bags, and two permanent signs identifying the group. Each group must provide one adult supervisor for every five or six volunteers. Groups do not work in dangerous areas like medians, bridges or steep slopes.

4/20/2018 10:04 AM (Updated 4/20/2018 10:04 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Offers Electronics Recycling Collection at Systemwide Locations to Celebrate Earth Day

 DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway is hosting Electronics Recycling Collection locations to mark the celebration of Earth Day 2018.

 

The Electronics Recycling Collection is free of charge and Tollway customers are invited to drop off items at six Tollway oases pavilions and at the Tollway’s Downers Grove headquarters on Monday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to noon or until the trucks are full.

 

The Tollway is partnering with eWorks Electronic Services based in Elk Grove Village, a not-for-profit that supports workers with developmental disabilities.

 

“At the Illinois Tollway we regularly work to integrate recycling into maintenance and operations to save expenses and help to preserve resources, so we invite our customers to join our efforts and think green for a day by recycling unused electronics,” said Tollway Board Executive Director Liz Gorman. “Additionally, by working with eWorks to manage the collection, we are able to support employment opportunities for people with disabilities.”

 

The 2018 Earth Day Electronics Recycling Collection will accepted items including: PCs, printers, scanners, mouse, keyboards, telephones, answering machines, fax machines, cell phones, pagers, postage machines, VCRs, DVD players, stereo equipment, joy sticks, video game players, cameras, camcorders. Items that will not be accepted include: televisions, monitors, large appliances, hazardous and chemical waste materials, batteries, smoke detectors or wooden speakers.

 

Electronics Recycling Collection will take place at Tollway locations including:

Illinois Tollway headquarters

· Tollway truck will be located near the front entrance at 2700 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove

 

Lake Forest, O’Hare, Hinsdale Oases

· Tollway truck will be located in the parking lots on the northbound side of the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294)

 

Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis (South Holland),

· Tollway truck will be located in the parking lot on the southbound side of the Tri-State Tollway (I-294/I-80)

 

Belvidere Oasis

· Tollway truck will be located in the parking lot on the eastbound side of the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

 

DeKalb Oasis

· Tollway truck will be located in the parking lot on the eastbound side of the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)

 

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

 

More information about electronics recycling opportunities visit www.epa.illinois.gov

 

Because transportation in Northern Illinois impacts people in so many ways, including quality of life, cleanliness of air and water supplies and the character of local neighborhoods, the Illinois Tollway's leadership is committed to fostering environmental responsibility and sustainability in everything the agency does. The agency seeks to minimize the environmental impact of roadway construction by reducing, recycling and reusing materials and is committed to using renewable energy and green technology, as well as adopting research initiatives and best practices to reduce energy use and costs.

 

About eWorks

eWorks provides secure and environmentally safe electronics recycling and remarketing services. Established in 2009 eWorks provides assets disposition services for global and national corporations, municipalities, schools and local residents. eWorks offers state-of-the-art collection, data destruction, tracking, and reuse solutions as well as a diverse labor force, where more than 60 percent of the workers have a developmental disability.

4/17/2018 9:57 AM (Updated 4/17/2018 4:31 PM)

Michigan Department of Transportation   Blue Water Bridge Tolling Operations Now Accepting Credit And Debit Cards

Fast facts: - MDOT's eastbound Blue Water Bridge span recently began accepting credit and debit cards as payment at toll booths.

  • BWB staff are working to improve the customer experience, including exploring the addition of a new commuter program.
  • Beginning April 1, customers paying in Canadian currency will pay a reduced rate based on calculations over the previous six-month exchange rate.

April 2, 2018 -- Effective immediately, the eastbound span of the Blue Water Bridge (BWB) is now accepting credit and debit cards as payment for toll fares. Following a recent software upgrade, the BWB administration completed a test trial of the new program with the addition of credit and debit cards and found the system to be functioning smoothly.

"BWB staff have been working to implement positive changes with the tolling operations that will create more ease for our customers," said BWB Administrator Amy Winn-VanHoeck. "When the token program expired, customers were left with only the option to pay cash at the tolls. This sometimes resulted in motorists having to be re-routed off the bridge. Fortunately, that will no longer be a concern."

The addition of credit and debit cards is expected to be a welcome accommodation for motorists, which will eventually be accompanied by the addition of a new commuter program. Winn-VanHoeck says she and her staff have been working to establish a new program that will improve ease of routine travel, as well as curb the expense. "We have some customers who cross twice a day throughout the year, and we need to have a program established that can support that kind of consistent travel, making it quicker and easier for them to cross, while also offering a discount," Winn-VanHoeck added.

While the commuter program is still in its early stages, motorists can rest assured that this is a priority for BWB leadership and that Winn-VanHoeck is diligently leading that charge.

Beginning April 1, customers paying in Canadian dollars (CAD) will notice a change in tolls, as the most recent parity policy adjustment reduced fares by $.25. The rates listed below will be in effect April 1 through Sept. 30, 2018:

  • Passenger vehicle tolls will decrease to $3.75 (CAD) per trip.
  • Each extra axle will decrease to $3.75 (CAD) per trip.
  • Trucks and buses per axle will decrease to $4 (CAD) per trip.
4/2/2018 4:06 PM (Updated 4/2/2018 4:06 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Awards More Than $83 Million in Contracts for Construction Services in March

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved eight construction contracts totaling $83.3 million at its March meeting. Nearly $257.5 million in construction contracts have been approved by the Tollway Board in 2018, as part of the seventh year of the Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

“The Illinois Tollway is consistently investing in timely repairs and maintenance on ramps, bridges and roadways throughout its 294-mile system to serve our customers,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Liz Gorman. “Move Illinois projects provide opportunities for construction firms of all sizes and supporting good jobs that will keep our hard-working men and women busy this construction season.”

The contracts approved today include, two prime contractors and 28 subcontractors that are certified as disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms and three subcontractors that are certified veteran-owned firms. Commitments for D/M/WBE participation range from 22 to 26 percent per contract and commitments for veteran participation range from one to six percent per contract.

To date, nearly $5.7 billion has been invested by the Illinois Tollway since the Move Illinois Program began in 2012, with more than $1.6 billion of that total committed to small, diverse and veteran-owned firms. In addition, the capital program has created or sustained an estimated 57,850 total jobs as of February 2018.

March construction contracts awarded include:

  • A $50.8 million contract to Plote Construction Inc., Hoffman Estates, IL, for roadway and bridge repairs between Butterfield Road and Army Trail Road on the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355).
  • A $12.7 million contract to Walsh Construction Company, Chicago, IL, for reconstruction of the ramp connecting the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) to the Tri-State Tollway (I-294).
  • A $7.1 million contract to Judlau Contracting Inc., College Point, NY, for advanced earthwork and retaining wall construction for the new I-490 Tollway.
  • A $6.7 million contract to Lorig Construction Company, Des Plaines, IL, for reconstruction of the Bradley Road Bridge over the Tri-State Tollway (I-94).
  • A $2 million contract to R.W. Dunteman, Addison, IL, for parking lot improvements at the Illinois Tollway headquarters in Downers Grove.
  • A $1.8 million contract to Fence Masters Inc., Chicago Heights, IL, for fencing and site improvements systemwide.
  • A $1.2 million contract to Pagoda Electric & Construction, Elk Grove Village, IL, for maintenance storage facility construction in Marengo.
  • A $1 million contract to Foundation Mechanics, Des Plaines, IL, for ramp repairs between Grand Avenue and Half Day Road on the Tri-State Tollway (I-94).

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 on the basis of demonstrated competence and professional qualifications, rather than low bid. Contract services staff from the Engineering Department checks statements of interest to ensure that specified pre-qualifications and documentation requirements are met. Tollway engineers and managers then review and scores statements of interest based on the advertised selection criteria service. Tollway Diversity Department staff also reviews the statements of interest for compliance with advertised diversity criteria. Executives from the Engineering Department then review the scoring, as well as each firm’s capacity, and identify the top recommended firms per project. To complete the selection, a committee of Tollway professionals and independent engineering officials considers the top recommended firms and finalizes the top three firms in ranked order. The Tollway then seeks to negotiate a final contract price with the top-ranked firm. The award of a professional engineering services contract is dependent on approval by the Tollway Board of Directors.

Construction contracts for Illinois Tollway projects are competitively bid under the rules of the Illinois Procurement Code. As part of the process, contractors’ bid submissions for construction work advertised by the Tollway are opened and read aloud during public bid opening meetings, which are also broadcast live on the Tollway’s website. Following an agency review process, the lowest, responsible and responsive bid is presented to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors for review and approval.

The Illinois Tollway provides detailed information about current Tollway construction contracts through the Construction Contract Tracker on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com. 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 120,000 jobs and linking economies throughout the region. The first six 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 reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) and planning for emerging projects.

 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 interstate tollways 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.

3/29/2018 4:32 PM (Updated 3/31/2018 8:43 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Public Open House For Highway 149 Resurfacing Set For April 25

Highway 149 construction begins late spring, continues through end of 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The public is invited to learn about upcoming construction planned for Highway 149 between St. Paul and Mendota Heights. The open house will be held April 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Cherokee Park United Church, 371 Baker St. W in St. Paul.

Construction on Highway 149—also known as Smith Avenue and Dodd Road—is scheduled to begin this spring and continue through the end of 2018. Work includes:

  •     Resurfacing Smith Avenue and Dodd Road between West 7th Street in St. Paul and I-494 in Mendota Heights
  •     Improving drainage, sidewalks and pedestrian accessibility
  •     Replacing traffic signals at five Highway 149 intersections
  •     Constructing an additional left turn lane from westbound I-494 to southbound Dodd Road in Mendota Heights
  •     Resurfacing Annapolis St—Highway 13—between Smith Avenue and Cherokee Heights Boulevard

Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists who use Highway 149 should expect to encounter delays during construction.The project will extend the lifespan of Highway 149, provide a smoother road surface and improve pedestrian accommodations.   

Open house attendees also will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss ongoing Smith Ave. High Bridge construction, and weigh in on preliminary plans for Highway 149 landscaping that will occur in 2019. Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and project staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The work is part of a larger construction effort currently underway on Highway 149 that includes reconstructing the deck of the Smith Avenue High Bridge.

For more information about the Highway 149 project, or to sign up for email updates, visit the project website at: www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/hwy149highbridge.

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 adarequest.dot@state.mn.us.

3/28/2018 5:26 PM (Updated 3/31/2018 8:54 AM)

Michigan Department of Transportation   Spring Weight Restrictions Update

***Please note M-46 & US-31BR originates in Muskegon County, not Ottawa County as listed in the original bulletin #8

General Spring Weight Restriction Bulletin #8


Effective at Noon March 27th, 2018 weight restrictions will be lifted from the southern Michigan border north to and including M-46 in Muskegon County from the US-31 Business Route in the City of Muskegon then east to US-131 then North on US-131 to M-46 then east to the intersection of M-25 in Port Sanilac, Sanilac County. Frost restrictions are still in effect for the remainder of the state and will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways north of the M-46 line.


State trunkline highways typically carry M, I, or US designations. Weight restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960. For companies located in Canada or New Jersey, information may be obtained by calling 517-373-6256.

- On routes designated as "All Season Routes" (green or gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be no reduction in legal axle weight.

- On routes designated as "Seasonal" (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be a weight reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements.

Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area.

Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area.

Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers.

Please refer to the MDOT Truck Operator's Map for route designations.

3/27/2018 11:23 AM (Updated 3/31/2018 3:53 PM)

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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