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Illinois Tollway logo   Statement from the Illinois Tollway Regarding Fatal Incident on Tri-State (I-294) Tollway

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov released the following statement regarding the incident Monday on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) that took the life of Illinois Tollway roadway maintenance worker David M. Schwarz:

“The Illinois Tollway Board and all Tollway staff are extremely saddened by the loss of our co-worker and colleague, Illinois Tollway roadway maintenance worker David M. Schwarz.

David served as an equipment operator laborer since beginning his career at the Tollway in March 1992. David was married, the father of two and was a respected and valued member of the Tollway.

David worked on the front line of our 292-mile roadway system, performing duties that included removing snow, maintaining safe roadway conditions and, most vitally, assisting drivers who were stranded or needed help. He was carrying out his duties when he tragically lost his life.

We offer our deepest condolences and our full support to David’s family, loved ones and friends for their heartbreaking loss.”

 

9/19/2017 8:56 AM (Updated 9/19/2017 8:56 AM)

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 Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police Host September 23 Family Safety Fair in Downers Grove

WHAT:           The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are hosting the 10th Annual Family Safety Fair, a family event that brings fun and safety together, providing free child seat safety inspections and installations and free kids’ ID cards, as well as a variety of kid-friendly activities and entertainment. The Family Safety Fair is intended to help keep children safe and parents worry-free, every trip, every time.

WHEN:            Saturday, September 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.           

WHERE:          Illinois Tollway headquarters, 2700 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove                             

WHO:              Illinois State Police District 15 Commander Robert Meeder (available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)          

WHY:              The Family Safety Fair coincides with Child Passenger Safety Week (September 17-23) and Seat Check Saturday, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign to remind everyone of the lifesaving effect properly installed child safety seats have in protecting children. The campaign encourages parents to determine if they have their young children in the proper car or booster seat and learn how to correctly install and use car seats. The Family Safety Fair concludes the Operation Kid 2017 safety program offered by the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police that so far has inspected more than 350 child safety seats and provided more than 725 kids’ ID cards.

 

9/21/2017 3:51 PM (Updated 9/21/2017 3:51 PM)

Michigan Department of Transportation   MDOT and Blue Water Bridge authority announce new administrator

Fast facts:

- Amy Winn-VanHoeck has been named administrator for MDOT’s Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron.

- Winn-VanHoeck, 42, brings 20 years of experience from the MDOS to her new role, including nine years of managerial experience.

- She was born and raised in St. Clair County.

 

September 21, 2017 -- Amy Winn-VanHoeckhas been appointed the new administrator for the Blue Water Bridge (BWB) in Port Huron by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

             Winn-VanHoeck, 42, began her post as the BWB administrator on July 31, following 20 years of service for the Michigan Department of State (MDOS). She most recently served as the MDOS Metro Division director, where she oversaw the daily operations of the Metro Division, providing service to the public at 58 branch offices and four district office within a 20-county geographical territory.

             Winn-VanHoeck brings more than nine years of managerial experience to MDOT, including planning, developing, and evaluating programs to improve performance for more than 500 state employees under her supervision. "Through her leadership, innovations have been implemented to improve services and facility management at MDOS," said MDOT Chief Operations Officer Mark Van Port Fleet. Winn-VanHoeck plans to use that experience to help improve the customer experience at the BWB, a crossing that sees on average more than 400,000 customers a month.

              Winn-VanHoeck will also strive to continue improving and streamlining the relationship with BWB partner, Canada's Federal Bridge Corp. Limited (FBCL). This includes the addition of new software to improve toll operations at both spans of the crossing. The BWB recently underwent an $11.8 million maintenance project that included high-durability painting to remove existing corrosion, preserving the life of the bridge. Additional work will be completed in coming years, including painting the remaining span of the bridge, and the replacement of the westbound I-94/I-69 exit ramp, currently slated for summer 2018.

             "I am truly excited for the opportunity to provide leadership and guidance at the Blue Water Bridge," Winn-VanHoeck said. "My goal is to build successful working relationships with all stakeholders and continue to use technology and innovation to provide safe and efficient international travel. I want the beauty of the Blue Water Bridge to be a showcase for the city of Port Huron, St. Clair County, and the state of Michigan."

             Winn-VanHoeck, a native of St. Clair County, grew up in Berlin Township. She earned a Bachelor of Science in legal/business administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy. Upon graduation, she began her career with MDOS, serving for more than 20 years before joining MDOT this summer. Winn-VanHoeck and her husband Christopher reside in Armada with their two young children Kaleb and Addison. She currently fills any spare time with her family's activities, including sports schedules, co-chairing fundraising efforts for the Armada Baseball Association, and serving as secretary for the Armada Education Foundation.

             The BWB is a joint owned international crossing, providing access between Michigan's Port Huron and Canada's Point Edward, and Sarnia. The U.S. (MDOT), Canada's FBCL, and their respective border crossing agencies employ residents of both the U.S. and Canada.

9/21/2017 3:41 PM (Updated 9/21/2017 3:41 PM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   Governor Holcomb and Indiana Department of Transportation award record $150 million through Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative

Jasper, Ind. – Governor Eric J. Holcomb and INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness today announced 396 Indiana cities, towns and counties received a combined $150 million in state-matching funds for local road projects through the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.

The full list of communities receiving matching funds was released this afternoon following the first in a series of presentations being held around the state with local, state and business officials to highlight award-winning grant applications.

“Superior local roads are a key factor in maintaining Indiana’s reputation as the Crossroads of America,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I am encouraged that a record number of communities applied for and received funds this year, and I’m grateful to lawmakers for increasing the funding to sustain the community crossings initiative.”

In just its second year, the Community Crossings Initiative has awarded nearly $300 million in state matching funds to local governments for road construction projects. This year, 467 communities applied for funds – a 48 percent increase from 2016 – making this year truly competitive.

“Across Indiana, local communities are recognizing the need to invest in fixing and improving their infrastructure,” said INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness. “The projects funded today will help build smoother roads and stronger bridges in every corner of the state.”

Community Crossings was created by the Indiana General Assembly in 2016. Funds for the program are awarded from the state’s local road and bridge matching grant fund. To qualify for funding, local governments must provide local matching funds, 50 percent for larger communities or 25 percent for smaller communities, from a funding source approved for road and bridge construction. They must also submit an INDOT-approved asset management plan for maintaining existing roads and bridges.

State law requires annually that 50 percent of the available matching funds be awarded to communities with a population of 50,000 or fewer. State lawmakers identified long-term funding for Community Crossings as part of House Enrolled Act 1002, passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Holcomb in April. INDOT estimates $190 million in matching funds will be available for local communities in calendar year 2018.

The list of all communities receiving matching funds in 2017 is online at in.gov/indot/communitycrossings. Photos from today’s events are\ available:www.facebook.com/indianadepartmentoftransportation. Follow on Twitter @INDOT #NextLevelRoads


About Next Level Roads
“In Indiana, the Crossroads of America is more than a motto; it’s our mission.”
– Governor Eric Holcomb

Next Level Roads is Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s initiative to elevate Indiana’s economic competitiveness and quality of life for all Hoosiers through investment in transportation infrastructure. This sustainable, data-driven plan dedicates more than $30 billion over the next 20 years to improving the conditions of existing roads and bridges – both state and local, finishing major projects, and building for the future. Next Level Roads is enhancing Indiana’s position as a leader in freight and logistics and empowering cities, towns and counties to build communities that attract jobs and talent. Learn more about Next Level Roads at in.gov/indot.

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 in.gov/indot.

9/20/2017 6:01 PM (Updated 9/20/2017 6:01 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   September 23 Family Safety Fair In Downers Grove

Family fun and safety exhibits include free kids’ ID cards, child safety seat inspection and installation, Jesse White Tumblers and touch-a-truck display

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 will host the 10th Annual Family Safety Fair on Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tollway’s headquarters in Downers Grove to wrap up Operation Kid 2017. The free event combines fun and safety, with family friendly activities and the opportunity for free kids' identification cards and child safety seat inspections and installations with a goal of keeping children safe and parents worry-free, every trip, every time.

The Family Safety Fair, which takes place at 2700 Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove, coincides with Child Passenger Safety Week (September 17-23) and National Seat Check Saturday, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign to remind everyone of the lifesaving effect child safety seats have in protecting children from birth through age 12.

This event concludes the Operation Kid 2017 program offered by the Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15, which featured 9 Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) events at locations around Northern Illinois. During those K.I.S.S. events, District 15 issued about 725 child IDs and inspected more than 350 child safety seats to help keep kids safe.

“The Family Safety Fair mixes safety with fun by offering programs that help parents protect their children while also providing entertaining activities for the kids,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. “Working with Illinois State Police District 15 to host this event on Seat Check Saturday demonstrates how seriously we take our responsibility to protect families.” 

Highlights of the Family Safety Fair include:

  • Child safety seat inspections and installations and free identification cards for children ages 3 and older
  • Exhibits showing the importance of wearing seat belts including the Roll 15 rollover simulator, the Convincer crash simulator and Drive for Life, a hands-on, behind-the-wheel experience that demonstrates the dangers of drinking and driving
  • Touch-a-truck display offering exploration of roadway and emergency vehicles, including a Tollway H.E.L.P. truck, a 26-ton snowplow, Illinois State Police squad cars, a SWAT tactical response truck, Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District fire truck and ambulance and a Pace express bus
  • DuPage County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management public education vehicle featuring interactive demonstrations on emergency preparedness
  • Entertainment including a performance by the Jesse White Tumblers, an inflatable bounce house and face painters for kids

“Installing child safety seats and booster seats correctly can save lives or prevent serious injuries in the event of car crashes, which are a leading cause of death among children, yet we’ve found that about 90 percent of the seats checked by Illinois State Police have been improperly installed,” said District 15 Commander Robert Meeder. “The Family Safety Fair gives us the opportunity to help keep children safe by inspecting safety seats to ensure they are correctly installed.”

Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to inspect and install child safety seats and help drivers stay up-to-date with the latest safety seat information and educational materials. Properly installed safety seats eliminate a potential distraction for drivers and significantly reduce the risk of injury or greater tragedy for children in the event of an accident.

Safety seat inspections also offer a convenient way for drivers to make sure they comply with Illinois law, which requires that whenever a person is transporting a child under age 8, the person is responsible for properly securing the child in an appropriate child restraint system. To participate, parents, grandparents and caregivers should bring child safety seats, children and the vehicle in which the child safety seats will be installed.

Specially trained professionals also will be available to take kids’ photographs and fingerprints and gather vital information to include on three personal identification cards – one for home and two for a wallet or purse. Neither Illinois State Police nor the Illinois Tollway keeps this information in a database. Once the ID card is issued to the guardian, the information is deleted.

U.S. Department of Justice reports have estimated that some 340,500 children a year become temporarily separated from a parent or caregiver for at least an hour. If a child goes missing, an up-to-date, good quality photo along with descriptive information is one of the most important tools law enforcement needs to help locate the child, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited children.

Missing Child Basics

Information provided on kids ID cards can help law enforcement search and recover a missing child. That includes a description of the child’s hair and eye color, height, weight, race, unique identifiers such as glasses or beauty marks, as well as date of birth, current photo and fingerprints.

The FBI suggests that parents keep their children’s fingerprints, not only because fingerprints are unique but also because they don’t change over time like a child’s appearance. The FBI also recommends that parents update the photos of their children on ID cards at least once a year to ensure they are current. 

With increased public awareness, training, laws and better technology, the recovery rate of missing children has jumped from 62 percent in 1990 to more than 97 percent today, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Child Safety Seat Basics

Illinois law requires that whenever a person is transporting a child under age 8, the person is responsible for properly securing the child in an appropriate child restraint system. The safest place for infants, toddlers and young children to ride is in the back seat with the appropriate child safety seat for their age and weight.

Infants should ride rear-facing until 2 years of age, longer if possible, to protect their developing head muscles and bones. Toddlers and young children should ride in a child safety seat with an internal harness until they reach the maximum harness limit of the child restraint. A booster seat is the most effective way to position a safety belt properly on a young child's growing body.

Safety belts are designed for adults who are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Until age 8, most children have not developed strong hipbones and their legs and bodies are too short for the adult safety belt to fit correctly without use of a booster seat.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 3 and up, but research has found child safety seats reduce fatal injury by up to 71 percent for infants and up to 54 percent for toddlers in passenger cars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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 292 miles of roadways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), 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.

9/18/2017 3:21 PM (Updated 9/18/2017 3:21 PM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Press Release: Public Meeting for Proposed WI-59 Project

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will hold a Public Involvement Meeting (PIM) for the proposed construction of WI-59, from US 12 to Newcomb Street, in Walworth County.
 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Cravath Lakefront Park
Cravath Lakefront Community Center
341 S. Fremont Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
 
Proposed Improvements:

  •     Resurface WI-59 from US-12 to Old CR-P
  •     Reconstruct WI-59 from Old CR-P to Clay Street (does not include roundabout)
  •     Reconstruct WI-59 from Clay Street to Newcomb Street (does not include roundabout)
  •     Reconstruct WI-59 from Newcomb Street to Main Street including intersections

The meeting will follow an informal, open house format with short presentations given at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. WisDOT representatives will be available to discuss the proposed project and address any questions or concerns. Attendees may stop in at their convenience and view exhibits, meet with project staff, ask questions, and provide feedback. WisDOT encourages property and business owners, interested residents, and other stakeholders to attend the meeting. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2019.
 
If you are not able to attend the meeting and would like to provide feedback, please feel free to contact Project Manager Gary Metzer, P.E., at (262) 548-5685 or at Gary.Metzer@dot.wi.gov. Residents who require a sign language interpreter may request one by contacting Gary Metzer at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (Dial 711).

9/13/2017 12:58 PM (Updated 9/15/2017 11:51 PM)

Illinois State Police logo   Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results

The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of Roadside Safety Checks (RSCs) conducted September 1, 2017, on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) at the Meyers Road Toll Plaza (Plaza 52) and on September 2, 2017, on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294/I-80) Halsted Street Toll Plaza (Plaza 47A).

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:

9/8/2017 1:32 PM (Updated 9/9/2017 8:32 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Motor Carrier Start-Up Packets Gets New Truckers Rolling

DMV’s interactive motor carrier start-up packet provides guidance for forms, links and tutorials

The Motor Carrier Registration Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has developed an interactive Motor Carrier Start-Up Packet to help new trucking companies comply with federal and state regulations. The packet, available as an interactive PDF online or download to print from wisconsindmv.gov/trucking, includes forms and links to web pages to help new operators get their businesses rolling.

“Wisconsin’s businesses need an increasing number of truck drivers to move freight. This informative packet walks new motor carriers through the entire process to help get them get on the road more quickly,” said Jay Sween, Motor Carrier Services section chief.

DMV’s Motor Carrier Start-Up Packet is organized in the order new motor carriers would begin and run their operation. Drivers will benefit from the 511wi.gov link to the new trucker information site. Seasoned drivers will find interesting links to the e-Credential Pilot project (a test to provide law enforcement with electronic credentials upon request) and WisDOT’s Truck Parking Information Management System.

This interactive guide also links to WisDOT’s Motor Carrier YouTube playlist for tutorials on how to fill out required state and federal paperwork. Some videos, like the Uniform Carrier Registration (UCR), are not state specific while others address important information to run their Wisconsin business, such as how to establish a State of Wisconsin Web Access Management System (WAMS) account.

“Wisconsin leads the way again in its focus on compliance by being proactive with a packet of information for any motor carrier conducting operations in our state,” said Ellen Voie, president of Women in Trucking Association, Inc. “This information is comprehensive, informative and easily understandable for any carrier, whether they have one truck or a hundred.”

www.wi511.gov               www.facebook.com/WisDOT                    www.twitter.com/WisconsinDOT

8/28/2017 5:15 PM (Updated 8/28/2017 8:29 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Safety Improvement Project in Kane County

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that a safety improvement project continues at various locations in Kane County. The project includes construction of pedestrian ramps that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Beginning this week, construction of new pedestrian ramps will continue at the following locations. Daily lane closures will be necessary when construction activities are taking place.

  • IL-64 at Renaux Boulevard in St. Charles
  • IL-64 at New Peck Road in St. Charles
  • IL-64 at Kirk Road in St. Charles
  • IL-31 at Timbers Trail in St. Charles
  • IL-31 at Viewpointe Drive in St. Charles
  • IL-31 at Kellar Place in St. Charles
  • IL-31 at Horne Street in St. Charles
  • IL-25 at Webster Street in Batavia
  • IL-25 at Adams Street in Batavia
  • IL-25 at Laurel Street in Batavia

Beginning the week of August 8, construction of new pedestrian ramps will begin at the following locations. Daily lane closures will be necessary when construction activities are taking place.

  • IL-25 at Long Avenue in North Auro
  • IL-56 at Laurel Drive in North Aurora
  • IL-56 at Banbury Road in North Aurora
  • IL-31 at Marvo Street in North Aurora
  • IL-31 at John Street in North Aurora
  • IL-31 at Airport Road in North Aurora
  • US-30 at Gordon Road in Montgomery

Additional locations will be announced as construction progresses. The overall project will be completed in Fall 2017.

These locations are part of the second stage of the project. Additional locations will be announced as construction progresses. The overall project will be completed in Fall 2017.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1.

5/30/2017 11:31 AM (Updated 7/30/2017 12:58 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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