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The City of Chicago Springtime Bridge Lifts

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 2019 bridge lift schedule is as follows:

* Saturday, April 20 at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, April 24 at 9:30 a.m.

* Saturday, April 27 at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m.

* Saturday, May 4 at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m.

* Saturday, May 11 at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, May 15 at 9:30 a.m.

* Saturday, May 18 at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m.

* Saturday, May 25 at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m

* Wednesday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m.

* Saturday, June 5 at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m.

* Saturday, June 12 at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m.

* Saturday, June 19 at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, June 22 at 9:30 a.m.

* Saturday, June 26 at 8 a.m.

* Wednesday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m.

4/20/2019 3:40 PM (Updated 4/20/2019 3:58 PM)
Spring Weight Restrictions Update

Effective Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6 AM, weight Restrictions will be lifted on all state trunkline highways from the Michigan South border, North to and including M-72 at the intersection of M-22, in the city of Empire, Leelanau County, then East on M-72 to US-131 in the Village of Kalkaska then South on US-131 to the South junction with M-72 and East on M-72 to the junction of US-23 in the City of Harrisville, Alcona 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-72 line.

State trunk line 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 517-335-0023.

- 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

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

Spring Weight Restrictions:   

4/19/2019 7:21 AM (Updated 4/20/2019 8:56 AM)
Illinois Tollway Awards Nearly $229.7 Million in Contracts for Construction and Professional Engineering Services in April

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved six new construction and professional engineering service contracts totaling nearly $228.7 million at its April meeting, including a $184.6 million contract to reconstruct the northbound Mile Long Bridge on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) – the largest construction contract ever awarded by the Illinois Tollway.

Nearly $375.9 million in construction and professional engineering services contracts have been approved by the Tollway Board in 2019, as part of the eighth year of the Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

To date, nearly $6.7 billion has been invested by the Illinois Tollway since the Move Illinois Program began in 2012, with more than $1.9 billion of that total committed to small, diverse and veteran-owned firms. In addition, the capital program has created or sustained an estimated 68,070 total jobs as of March 2019.

The Mile Long Bridge construction contract approved by the Tollway Board is the first of two construction contracts for work to remove and rebuild the twin bridge structures carrying northbound and southbound traffic as part of the $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project. Construction scheduled for 2019 to 2023 will maintain access for customers with four lanes in each direction throughout the project.

Originally constructed in 1958, the Mile Long Bridge is a critical piece of infrastructure to I-294 as it carries drivers over two major railroads, three water resources and local roads, and over a major distribution center for UPS and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway. Up to 150,000 vehicles travel on the Mile Long Bridge daily.

The contracts approved today include one prime consultant, 12 subconsultants, one prime contractor and 28 subcontractors that are certified as disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms and two subconsultants, as well as four subcontractors that are certified veteran-owned firms. Commitments for D/M/WBE participation range from 18 percent to 75 percent per contract and commitments for veteran participation range from 0.6 to five percent per contract.

April construction contracts awarded include:

April professional engineering services contract awarded 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 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 score 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 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 seven 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.

4/18/2019 3:47 PM (Updated 4/20/2019 8:52 AM)
Expressway litter removal this week

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that litter removal will be taking place along the expressway system in Cook and the collar counties this week. 

The operation will take place during regular daytime hours, with minimal impacts on the peak morning and afternoon travel periods.

Although lane closures will not be required, equipment and workers may be present on the shoulders at times. Motorists are asked to remain alert, slow down, change lanes and give crews plenty of room work.

Additional cleanup efforts will be scheduled later this spring if necessary. 

Already this year, IDOT in the Chicago area has collected more than 18,000 bags of litter, representing approximately 1,500 cubic yards, or 50 semitruck loads, of garbage.

To keep the expressways clean of debris and help provide a positive impression of the state, the public is urged to “think before you throw” and dispose of their trash properly. 

4/16/2019 4:50 PM (Updated 4/16/2019 4:50 PM)
Public Open House for MN-316 Improvement Project is scheduled for April 23

The public and business communities are invited to attend an open house to learn more about a 2021 project on MN-316 between the north junction of US-61 to just south of Tuttle Drive in Hastings.

The open house will be held Tuesday, April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m., at Crossroads Church, 225-33rd Street W. in Hastings. A short presentation is scheduled at 5:15 p.m.

Open house attendees will have an opportunity to view the preferred design concepts for MN-316 from the north junction of US-61 to just south of Tuttle Drive. The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s project team, as well as City of Hastings staff will be on hand to answer questions.

To request reasonable accommodations, e-mail or call 651-366-4718. If you need ASL or ESL services call 651-366-4720. (TTY support is available by calling 711.)

For real-time travel information anywhere in Minnesota visit or dial 5-1-1.   

4/16/2019 11:52 AM (Updated 4/20/2019 8:38 AM)
Illinois Tollway Expects Nearly 6.6 Million Vehicles on its System This Easter-Passover Holiday

Tollway customers can now get traffic and roadway information via Waze

Drivers taking the Illinois Tollway system for Easter/Passover holiday travel this weekend can now turn to their Waze navigation apps for updates on current real-time traffic and roadway conditions on their routes.

The Illinois Tollway is now providing drivers real-time traffic and roadway information to Waze, the everyday driving platform bringing together drivers to outsmart traffic. The new data-sharing partnership allows Illinois Tollway customers to get advance warnings on crashes, stopped vehicles, potholes and roadway debris on the five roadways that make up the Tollway system.
For more information click here.

For the Easter/Passover weekend, the Illinois Tollway anticipates nearly 6.6 million vehicles will travel between Friday, April 19, and Monday, April 22. The heaviest travel is expected on Friday, April 19, when more than 1.8 million vehicles are projected to use the 294-mile Tollway system. On an average day, more than 1.6 million vehicles use the Illinois Tollway.

Holiday Work Zones
To accommodate holiday travel on the Illinois Tollway, construction activity will be restricted to better serve Tollway customers. Most temporary maintenance and construction lane closures will be suspended from noon on Friday, April 19, through 9 a.m. on Monday, April 22. Some work may continue behind barriers to keep work on schedule. All work is weather-dependent. Areas where ongoing work zones may impact traffic include:

Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80)
• On the Edens Spur, between Pfingsten Road and the Edens Expressway, traffic is reduced to one lane in each direction.
• On I-294, traffic is shifted in both directions at the 83rd Street and 82nd Street toll plazas.
• At the 159th Street Interchange, the ramps carrying traffic from westbound 159th Street to southbound I-294 and from northbound I-294 to westbound 159th Street are closed with posted detours.
Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)
• Between I-290 and York Road, traffic is shifted in both directions. One lane of eastbound traffic is traveling on the westbound side of I-88. That lane must exit to I-290 and does not have access to Mannheim Road. Trucks are prohibited from using this lane.

Give Them Distance
While traveling this holiday weekend, whenever drivers see ANY vehicle on the side of the road with emergency or hazard lights flashing, they are required by law to slow down and change lanes. The Illinois Tollway, along with other transportation agencies and safety groups, is asking drivers to remember to Give Them Distance to help reduce the number of traffic deaths occurring every year in the state.

Dial *999 for Roadway Assistance
Need help on the road? Tollway customers can call *999 to get assistance from Tollway roadway maintenance crews or from Illinois State Police District 15 while traveling the Tollway system during the holidays. Motorist aid patrols stand ready to help stranded customers change tires, jump-start batteries, add coolant, dispense fuel, transport customers, move vehicles away from traffic and call for a tow truck. District 15 troopers patrol the Tollway system 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

4/15/2019 3:04 PM (Updated 4/16/2019 10:16 AM)
INDOT To Host Public Input Sessions On STIP

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) invites the public to comment on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). As part of INDOT’s commitment to public outreach and engagement, a public open house is scheduled to raise awareness of the STIP and solicit input from Hoosiers on Thursday, April 11, at Rochester High School, 1 Zebra Lane, Rochester, IN, 46975, from 5-7 p.m. EST.

The STIP is a federally mandated four-year funding and scheduling document for surface transportation projects in Indiana. Project types involving pavement and bridge facilities, projects addressing safety, congestion, mobility and emergency response can be found in the STIP.  In addition, this document includes investment in various modes of transportation including transit, pedestrian trails, and bicycle facilities. Only projects in which construction and operating funds can reasonably be expected to be available, are included.

During the open houses, INDOT team members will be available to engage in conversation, address questions and solicit input related to a variety of topics including project selection, multimodal, highway safety, economic opportunity, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) programs, Local Public Agency (LPA) programs, public involvement, district construction, maintenance, traffic operations and transportation planning.

States are required to update STIPs every two years and do so in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO's), and local governments in non-metropolitan areas. The current STIP document covers fiscal years 2020 through 2024.

For more information about the STIP, to view the document, and submit public comment online, visit

INDOT Northwest will also host a STIP meeting on Wednesday, May 8, at Hammond High School, 5926 Calumet Ave., Hammond, IN, 46320, from 5-7 p.m. CST

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.  

4/8/2019 9:33 AM (Updated 4/8/2019 3:09 PM)
Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check to be Conducted April 27-28

The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 15, will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in Kane County during the late evening hours of April 27, 2019 until the early morning hours of April 28, 2019. According to Interim Commander Dominic Chiappini the RSC will be held on the Reagan Memorial Tollway on the ramp from I-88 to Illinois Route 31 at mile post 117.

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.

3/27/2019 12:20 PM (Updated 3/30/2019 8:43 AM)
Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check to be Conducted April 26-27

The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 15, will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in Cook County during the late evening hours of April 26, 2019 until the early morning hours of April 27, 2019. According to Interim Commander Dominic Chiappini the RSC will be held on the Tri-State Tollway, Plaza 47A (Halsted Street Toll-Plaza), on the ramp from I-294 Northbound to Halsted Street at mile post 2.7.

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.

3/27/2019 12:18 PM (Updated 3/30/2019 8:44 AM)
Speed limit reduction to 60 mph on sections of I-39/90, Beloit to Madison

A speed limit reduction to 60 mph will be implemented on sections of Interstate 39/90 from just south of the US 12/18 (Beltline) interchange near Madison to the Wisconsin-Illinois border. One portion of I-39/90 between the Rock River bridges and the US 51 interchange (Stoughton Exit 156) will remain at 70 mph since construction is completed in this area. Two lanes of Interstate traffic are maintained in each direction during daytime hours and weekends. 

Motorists are advised to obey the posted speed limit. The new signs will be posted in advance of traffic being shifted to one side of the Interstate. The reduced speed limit of 60 mph will be more prevalent in I-39/90 work zones over the next few weeks as projects complete the necessary traffic switches.

The Wisconsin State Patrol will be increasing efforts of surveillance along this corridor. This will include additional troopers patrolling the corridor and conducting aerial enforcement to enforce speed limits and other traffic laws.

Work zone safety is one of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's top priorities and the penalties for careless driving are steep. 

Remember, when you enter a work zone, be patient and pay attention to your surroundings.

STAY INFORMEDI-39/90 Expansion Project websiteProject Facebook page | 2019 Construction Guide

3/26/2019 2:42 PM (Updated 3/26/2019 2:42 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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