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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)

Illinois State Police logo   Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results Devon Avenue Toll Plaza

The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Saturday, March 18, 2017, and early morning hours of Sunday, March 19, 2017. The detail was conducted on the westbound Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) at the Devon Avenue Toll Plaza (Plaza 17) by ISP District 15 officers.

Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to remove alcohol-impaired drivers. However, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken. The following citations were issued at the safety check:

This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Safety.

3/22/2017 11:16 AM (Updated 3/22/2017 11:16 AM)

Illinois State Police logo   Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results Halsted Street Toll Plaza

The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Friday, March 17, 2017, and early morning hours of Saturday, March 18, 2017.  The detail was conducted on the northbound Tri-State Tollway (I-294) at the Halsted Street Toll Plaza (Plaza 47) by ISP District 15 officers.

Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to remove alcohol-impaired drivers. However, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken. The following citations were issued at the safety check:

This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.                                                  

     www.isp.state.il.us  / TDD: 1-800-255-3323

 

3/22/2017 11:12 AM (Updated 3/22/2017 11:12 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   INDOT Seeks Input on Selection of Future Transportation Projects

INDOT staff to host six regional open houses from March 28 to April 13

The Indiana Department of Transportation is inviting its customers and the public to provide input on the selection of future construction projects.

Later this week, INDOT will publish for public review a draft of its four-year plan known as the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program. The document lists construction projects planned from July 2017 through June 2021 and the funds available for transportation modes including highways, transit, bicycles and pedestrians.

INDOT will be collecting public input on project selection through an online form and open houses hosted by INDOT’s regional district staff. The open houses offer an informal setting for the public to ask questions and discuss a variety of transportation programs including planning, multimodal, public involvement, Title VI and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The open houses will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time at the dates and locations listed below.
 

  •     Tuesday, March 28, 2017: INDOT Seymour District, 185 Agrico Lane, Seymour, IN 47274
  •     Wednesday, March 29, 2017: INDOT Sub-District Office, 3650 S. U.S. 41, Vincennes, IN 47591
  •     Thursday, March 30, 2017: Crawfordsville Public Library, 205 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville, IN 47933
  •     Tuesday, April 11, 2017: INDOT District Office, 315 E. Boyd Blvd., LaPorte, IN 46350
  •     Wednesday, April 12, 2017: INDOT District Office, 5333 Hatfield Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808
  •     Thursday, April 13, 2017: INDOT Traffic Management Center, 8620 E. 21st St., Indianapolis, IN 46219


Please note that INDOT’s LaPorte District office is located in the Central time zone, where local time for the open house is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

With advance notice, special accommodations will be made for individuals needing auxiliary aids or services of interpreters, signers, readers, or large print. Anyone with such needs should contact Rickie Clark with INDOT's Office of Public Involvement at 317-232-6601 or rclark@indot.in.gov.

3/21/2017 10:11 AM (Updated 3/21/2017 10:11 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Road Postings Restricting Vehicular Weights to be Lifted

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that road postings restricting vehicular weights will be lifted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 on the following roads in Whiteside County:
 
Garden Plain Road
Freeport Road

For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict2.

3/20/2017 7:18 PM (Updated 3/23/2017 11:24 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Debuts New Look and Expanded Service for Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (H.E.L.P.) Program

New H.E.L.P. Truck Tracker in development to let drivers know help is on the way

Drivers dialing *999 for roadway assistance on the Illinois Tollway will be served by new white and red Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (H.E.L.P.) trucks beginning today as part of the Tollway’s efforts to enhance safety and service across the 292-mile system of roadways.

“The Illinois Tollway always puts its customers’ safety first and is continually looking for ways to enhance services and offer a helping hand to drivers in need,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. “We remind drivers and their passengers to stay safe by remaining in their vehicles and calling *999 for assistance from our H.E.L.P. trucks.”

The updated look for the new white H.E.L.P. trucks with red identification lettering provides increased visibility on the road to enhance safety and help the Tollway service to customers stand out. Studies done by Illinois State Police have determined that white is the preferred color for police cars and first responder vehicles.

Twelve H.E.L.P. trucks patrol the Tollway system across 12 counties in Northern Illinois during weekday peak travel times Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and typically provide customers with roadside assistance within 15 minutes. In 2016, the Tollway’s H.E.L.P. trucks patrolled more than 1.2 million miles and helped more than 30,000 customers.

In addition, to improve service to customers, the Illinois Tollway is launching a new H.E.L.P. Truck Tracker to help drivers who have requested assistance to identify where the trucks are along the road and when they are headed in their direction.

The new online service is launching in beta form to help the Tollway test the service and capture customer feedback throughout the month of March. Tollway customers are invited to try out the H.E.L.P. Truck Tracker and share feedback and comments. An updated version of the H.E.L.P Truck Tracker is anticipated in April.

After calling *999 on their cell phone, customers can view the H.E.L.P. Truck Tracker on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com. Once on the tracker, H.E.L.P. trucks will be identified by arrows on each of the Tollway’s roadways indicating direction of travel with a popup text box indicating roadway and nearest mile marker. 

In addition, the arrows will be color coded to identify service status. Green indicates the H.E.L.P. truck is in service and available to provide assistance and red will indicate that the H.E.L.P. truck is assisting a customer.

Tollway customers can dial *999 on their cellphones to report incidents on the Illinois Tollway and request assistance. Tollway H.E.L.P. truck operators provide an array of services including changing tires, battery boosts, adding coolant, dispensing fuel, transporting customers, moving vehicles away from traffic and incidents and calling for tow truck assistance. While small fees may be charged to cover the cost of fuel and coolant, H.E.L.P. truck services provided to customers free of charge and gratuities are strictly prohibited.

The Illinois Tollway system is patrolled 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by Illinois State Police District 15 and tollway maintenance personnel are trained to provide roadway assistance to stranded Tollway customers and traffic control at roadway incident scenes when H.E.L.P trucks are not in service. 

The H.E.L.P. Program is partially funded by State Farm to further the Tollway’s efforts to reduce delay and improve safety for the motoring public and highlighting State Farm's commitment to helping people recover from the unexpected. Drivers do not need to be State Farm customers to receive service from Illinois Tollway H.E.L.P. trucks.

3/1/2017 11:26 AM (Updated 3/4/2017 9:16 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 illinoisrail.org.

For questions on the project, contact:  DOTChicagoMilwaukeePassengerRailEA@dot.wi.gov

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

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Construction Project Begins in Marengo to Rebuild IL-23 Bridge on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway

The Illinois Tollway has begun work this week to remove and rebuild the IL-23 Bridge on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) in Marengo. Construction of the new bridge is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.

IL-23 and the bridge will remain open to traffic throughout construction. Traffic shifts and lane reductions will be put in place to safely accommodate traffic and a work zone as the bridge is removed and rebuilt one side at a time. Up to 3,100 vehicles use this portion of Illinois Route 23 daily.

The Tollway’s construction of the new IL-23 Bridge is being coordinated with McHenry County and the City of Marengo and will accommodate ongoing local planning efforts for a new interchange in the future. The cost to construct the new bridge is estimated at $9 million.

In 2017, the Tollway will remove the existing bridge built in the 1950s to carrying IL-23 traffic over the original I-90 Tollway and build a new wider and longer bridge in its place. The new concrete bridge will provide full shoulders and one lane in both directions and the new structure will be supported by a center median pier in I-90 with concrete abutments on either side of the roadway.

The project will lengthen the IL-23 Bridge due to the new, wider I-90 roadway completed in 2014 and will widen the bridge to provide space for turn lanes to access future interchange ramps. In addition, portions of IL-23 at I-90 and Grossen Road at IL-23 will be rebuilt to accommodate the new bridge structure.

Work on the IL-23 Bridge Project will begin the week of February 13 with advance work to prepare for bridge removal and reconstruction. Flaggers will be used to maintain traffic through the work zone on IL-23 during advance work. Electronic message signs and construction signage will be in place on IL-23 and on I-90 to alert drivers to the work zone and new construction traffic patterns.

On I-90, the left lanes in both directions be will closed and speed limits reduced through the duration of the project to provide for a work zone.

On IL-23, daily lane closures are scheduled between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. as work begins to install temporary traffic signals on IL-23, as well as construction of temporary pavement for traffic staging, tree removal and preliminary dirt grading.

Once temporary traffic signals are in place, IL-23 traffic will be shifted and reduced to a single lane on the bridge with signals controlling access for northbound and southbound traffic during removal and reconstruction of the east side of the bridge. The east side of the bridge is scheduled to reopen by the end of summer, at which time work will begin on the west side of the bridge. The new bridge pavement will be wide enough to accommodate one lane of traffic in each direction and a work zone for the remainder of the construction project.

In addition, throughout the project, a portion of Grossen Road south of I-90 will be closed due to its proximity to the bridge. No detour will be posted, but traffic on Grossen Road can use Carls Road to reach IL-23.

 Reconstruction of the IL-23 Bridge is being coordinated with the City of Marengo, McHenry County, Riley Township and the Illinois Department of Transportation, along with local school districts and police and fire departments.

Construction information about the IL-23 Project is available under “Projects Overview” in the Explore Projects section on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com.

2/14/2017 10:09 AM (Updated 2/18/2017 8:28 AM)

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)

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6/3/2009 4:10 PM (Updated 12/21/2016 11:19 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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