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GLRTOC logo   The Travel Midwest Alerts System

As part of its effort to provide more valuable and concise real-time traveler information to the motoring public, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces the availability of the Travel Midwest Alerts System (TMAS). The TMAS is a free service which provides email notifications for up to date traffic information on user-selected trips along the expressways in the Travel Midwest coverage area.  The TMAS replaces the less comprehensive Illinois Traffic Alert System (ITAS) legacy product that was initially deployed in 2006.

The TMAS provides users the capability to select one or more trips using the Travel Midwest Trip Report and then create an account to receive traffic information along that trip. The email format, the days and times on which the user receives alerts, and the type of traffic information for each trip are customizable. The user can also give a period during which alerts will not be sent (e.g., for a vacation) and a speed threshold so that alerts are sent only when the speed is below that value. Once a user has created an Alerts System account, trips and their alert preferences can be added, modified, or deleted at any time. The customized trip option provides a valuable enhancement for both regular commuters and the discretionary traveler.

For more detail on defining trips and registering for email alerts, see the Travel Midwest Trips and Alerts Help page.

12/20/2016 4:28 PM (Updated 12/31/2016 8:34 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Environmental Assessment Worksheet Released for the MN-169, MN-41, CR-78, and CR-14 Intersection Improvement Project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Scott County invite the public to review the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the MN-169, MN-41, CR-78, and CR-14 Intersection Improvement Project in Jackson and Louisville Townships. The proposed project includes construction of an interchange at the existing signalized MN-169 and MN-41/CR-78 intersection and a new overpass near the existing MN-169 and MN-14 intersection. The project also includes construction of frontage roads parallel to MN-169, pedestrian/bicycle accommodations, and stormwater treatment.

The Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) document states the purpose and need of the project along with the anticipated social, economic, and environmental impacts. Beginning April 17, copies of the EAW are available for public viewing during business hours at the following locations:

· Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metro District, 1500 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113

· Scott County Highway Department, 600 Country Trail East, Jordan MN 55352

· Minnesota Department of Transportation Library, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, MS 155, Room 175, St. Paul, MN 55155

· Shakopee Public Library, 235 Lewis Street S, Shakopee, MN 55379

· Environmental Conservation Library, Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, Government Documents – 2nd Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 54401


The EAW is also available for viewing on the project website at

Written comments will be accepted April 17 through May 17, 2017. Comments should be submitted to Rick Dalton, Environmental Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation, 1500 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113; or

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

For Minnesota statewide travel information, visit, call 5-1-1 or log on to For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit

4/17/2017 7:44 AM (Updated 4/17/2017 9:35 AM)

City of Chicago logo   Chicago River Bridge Lifts Mark Start Of 2017 Boating Season

27 Bridges to be lifted from Ashland Avenue to Lake Shore Drive

The City of Chicago will begin the springtime bridge lifts this Saturday morning, allowing recreational boat traffic to move from boat storage yards to harbors across Lake Michigan. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin lifting the movable bridges over the south and main branches of the Chicago River Chicago River so that sail boats and other pleasure craft can safely and easily move into summer docking locations up and down the shoreline.

Each year, in the spring and fall, CDOT raises the movable bridges along the Main and South Branches of the Chicago River on a twice weekly schedule on Saturdays and Wednesdays to accommodate recreational boats traveling to and from their storage yards.

“The springtime lifting of Chicago’s iconic movable river bridges marks the beginning of the boating season each year and is a welcome sight for Chicagoans,” said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld, who also serves as Chicago’s Harbor Master and has jurisdiction over the city’s waterways. “CDOT works with local boat storage yards each year to create a schedule that accommodates boats while causing the least amount of impact on downtown street traffic.”

During these “boat runs,” the bridges are raised sequentially, typically one at a time. Each bridge lift takes an average of 8-12 minutes. A total of 27 bridges will be lifted in succession from the Ashland Avenue Bridge on the South Branch to Lake Shore Drive.

The Spring 2017 bridge lift schedule is as follows:

* Wednesday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 6 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 13 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 20 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 24 at 9:30 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 3 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 7 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 10 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 17 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 24 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 28 at 9:30 a.m.

4/15/2017 12:14 PM (Updated 4/24/2017 6:27 PM)

Illinois State Police logo   Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check to be Conducted

The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 15, will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in DuPage, Cook, and Kane Counties during the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. According to Commander Robert Meeder the Road Side Safety Checks will be conducted April 16, 2017 on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Halsted Exit Toll Plaza (Plaza 47A), April 21, 2017 on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) at Golf Rd. (Plaza 28), April 22, 2017 on the Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (I-90) at Roselle Rd. (Plaza 12), April 28, 2017 on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) at Meyers Rd. (Plaza 52), and on April 29, 2017 on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) at Rt-31 (Plaza 63).

The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois.  Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.  RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.  This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

4/7/2017 2:11 PM (Updated 4/8/2017 8:33 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Rest Area Closures - I-64, I-57 and I-70

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the following rest area closures. 

The I-64 Gateway Rest Area, Westbound, will be closed to all visitors and traffic beginning Monday, March 27, 2017.  It is anticipated that the closure will go through May 11, 2017.

 I-64 Gateway Rest Area Eastbound will remain open during this closure. 

The I-57 Post Oak Rest Area, Northbound, will be closed to all visitors and traffic beginning Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  It is anticipated that the closure will go through May 15, 2017. 

I-57 Post Oak Rest Area, Southbound, will remain open during this closure. 

The I-64 and I-57 rest area closures are necessary for lighting and other improvements at these facilities.  Fager-McGee Commercial Construction and FW Electric are contracted through Illinois Capital Development Board to perform this work.  Traffic control devices will be utilized to close the facilities to traffic.

The I-70 Silver Lake Rest Area, both Eastbound and Westbound, will be closed to all visitors and traffic beginning Monday, April 3, 2017.  It is anticipated that these closures will go through May 5, 2017, weather permitting.  These closure are necessary for parking lot resurfacing.  Killian Corporation and Keeley & Sons Inc. are performing this work. 

Traffic control devices will be utilized to assist motorists during these restrictions. The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, obey all warning signs, and use additional caution when traveling near this work zone. Additional information is also available at

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3/24/2017 4:03 PM (Updated 4/24/2017 8:38 AM)

IHSR   Chicago - Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), are completing an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Service Development Plan (SDP) study increasing the Amtrak Hiawatha Service from 7 to 10 round trips per day between Chicago, Ill., and Milwaukee, Wis.

On October 6, 2016, a Draft EA of the Chicago-Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Program was made available for public comment. The document was available for review at WisDOT and IDOT, local public libraries and electronically on the project website.

The initial public comment period was open through November 15, 2016. More than 350 public comments were received during the initial public comment period. During this time, a public hearing was held in Milwaukee, Wis., and public meetings were held in Chicago and Glenview, Ill. Attendance and number of comments received at each meeting are as follows:   

  • Public Hearing in Milwaukee, Wis., on October 27, 2016: 52 people signed in and 13 comments were received
  • Public Meeting in Chicago, Ill., on November 1, 2016: 29 people signed in and 3 comments were received
  • Public Meeting in Glenview, Ill., on November 2, 2016: 256 people signed in and 225 comments were received

A 60-day extension of the comment period was requested and was granted by WisDOT and IDOT, the project sponsors to allow agencies, stakeholders and the public additional time to review the Draft EA.  During the comment period extension, an additional 300 comments were received. The comment period closed on January 15, 2017.

While many of the comments were supportive of the project, a majority of the comments were submitted from northern Illinois suburban communities and expressed concern regarding the purpose and need for the project, the possibility for additional freight rail traffic, and the potential for idling freight trains to produce air pollution and noise and vibration impacts to adjacent neighborhoods. Other concerns included the cost of the project and the source of funding, pedestrian safety, traffic delays at grade crossings, potential derailments and the project’s effects on adjacent property values.

All agency and public comments will be incorporated into the Final EA, which will be released later in 2017.

The project sponsors are undertaking additional analyses to further quantify the potential impacts resulting from the increase in Hiawatha Service from 7 to 10 round trips per day. The analyses will include further evaluation of infrastructure investment projects and construction impacts, as well as noise and vibration, air quality, socioeconomics, grade crossings, and threatened and endangered species impacts. Updates will be made to the purpose and need, alternatives analysis, and environmental review sections of the EA.

Once the additional analyses are complete, WisDOT and IDOT will communicate the results of the analysis with agencies and municipal leaders. Following this coordination, a final EA and SDP will be completed reflecting the additional analyses. This is anticipated to occur during the second half of 2017.

Future project updates will be posted to this webpage and

For questions on the project, contact:

2/27/2017 9:13 PM (Updated 2/27/2017 9:14 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Whiteside County Vehicular Weight Restrictions

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that postings to restrict the allowable gross vehicular weights will go into effect on the following roads in Whiteside County effective February 14, 2017: 

Garden Plain Road -------- 5 tons per axle (westbound lane only)
Freeport Road -------------- 11 tons

Depending upon the weather, the postings will be lifted on or before May 1, 2017.

2/14/2017 8:29 AM (Updated 3/11/2017 8:59 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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