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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 Department of Transportation logo   Safety Improvement Project Continues in Kane County

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

Beginning this week, construction of new pedestrian ramps will begin 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-25 at Webster Street in Batavia

·         IL-25 at Adams Street in Batavia

·         IL-25 at Laurel Street in Batavia

These locations are part of the third 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. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com

7/19/2017 11:29 AM (Updated 7/19/2017 11:29 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   News Release: Disaster/Flood Resource Center to Open in Round Lake Beach

Disaster/Flood Resource Center to Open in Round Lake Beach 

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Northeast Illinois Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) will join other disaster service organizations as part of a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). Residents impacted by the floods can come to this one-stop, resource center in Round Lake Beach to meet with trained counselors for resources, obtain housing and insurance information and other assistance from team representatives. Also, the MARC will offer free in-kind donations. There will be translators available.

Where
965 E. Rollins Road, Round Lake Beach, (The old Garden Fresh location)

When
Thursday, July 20,  11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Lunch and dinner will be provided to clients.
Friday, July 21, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Lunch and dinner will be provided to clients.
Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon, Snacks will be provided to clients.

Drop-Off Donation Site

To help ensure victims/clients receive the items they need, the Salvation Army has created a toll-free Donation Hotline (888-369-1349) for donors to call and get information on the specific items needed.  Callers will be asked to identify what items they have to donate and if they are not useable items specifically for this flood, the Salvation Army will decline receiving the donation. If they are non-perishable items that can be used in this disaster (or future ones), they will be given an Authorization Code and times the MARC is open to accept their donation. With the Authorization Code, they may drive to the MARC at their convenience any of the three days and drop off their items with designated Donation Management personnel. Callers can leave a message and get a call back should they call after hours or during times of heavy call volume.

MARC Location

If you have flood damage, what should you do?

Lake County and its partners are continuing with the damage assessment process. The detail within this report will help determine eligibility for federal assistance.

  • Fill out this form to report your damage.
  • If your home or personal property was damaged by the flooding, contact your insurance company to determine coverage and start the claim process. 
     
  • Residents should complete emergency clean-up activities that may include removing water damaged property (carpeting, cabinets, etc.). Once the flood water recedes, contact your local community development or the Lake County Planning Department (for unincorporated residents) to inquire about a permit to do additional repairs, such as replacing dry wall. This is important because officials may need to inspect impacted facilities as a part of the damage assessment process.  Be sure to document your flood damage with pictures and keep all receipts related to the clean-up and repair of your property.
     
  • Please review this resource from IEMA: FAQ’s for Residents Affected by Flooding.

View Photos from Flooding

The US Civil Air Patrol and Lake County have captured photography of the flooded areas. View the photos by location with our 2017 Flood Event Viewer.

Aerial View - Flooding

7/18/2017 3:47 PM (Updated 7/18/2017 3:47 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway And Illinois State Police Operation Kid Offers Family Fun And Safety Event July 22 In Schaumburg

Free safety seat checks and kids ID cards available at K.I.S.S. event at IKEA
 
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are working to keep children safe every trip, every time through Operation Kid 2017 and are hosting a free Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event Saturday, July 22, at IKEA in Schaumburg.

“Child ID cards are simple and proven way to keep kids safe, not only on summer vacations, but also for travel year round,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. “An up-to-date, good quality photo along with the descriptive information an ID card provides is one of the most effective tools to help locate the child. We invite families to stop by, get ID cards for their kids and have some fun with our District 15 and Tollway safety experts.”

The next Operation Kid K.I.S.S. event is scheduled Saturday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at IKEA Schaumburg, 1800 E. McConnor Parkway. Safety seat inspections will take place in the far south section of the parking lot, while kids' ID cards will be processed in the first floor lobby area inside the store. Highlights include:

  • Free identification cards for children ages 3 and older.
  • Child safety seat inspections and installations.
  • IKEA coloring stations and activities to keep children entertained.
  • Touch-a-truck display featuring hands-on exploration of a Tollway H.E.L.P. truck, snowplow and local emergency vehicles.

Operation Kid 2017 – It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Operation Kid 2017 K.I.S.S. events make staying safe quick and convenient for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and fun for kids by providing free kids’ ID cards and child safety seat inspection and installation help. K.I.S.S. events are scheduled throughout Northern Illinois in 2017.

1 – Find an event near you!

The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are hosting the free K.I.S.S. events at convenient locations, including children’s museums, malls and Tollway oases.

A complete list is available on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com.
 
2 – Get a photo ID card for your child

At K.I.S.S. events, trained professionals take photographs and fingerprints of children 3 and older and gather vital information to include on an ID card that parents and caregivers can reference in an emergency.

Up to 90 percent of families will at some point temporarily lose a child in a public place, surveys indicate. Kids IDs are tools that provide police with accurate descriptions to help locate lost children.

3 – Make sure your child’s safety seat is safely installed

Certified child passenger safety technicians inspect child safety seats and help with proper positioning and installation, as well as provide information on correct sizing, expiration dates and recalls to protect children most effectively.

Properly installed child safety seats save lives and significantly reduce injuries in the event of a crash. Yet, Illinois State Police find that approximately 90 percent of child safety seats they inspect are improperly installed.

“One child fatality on Illinois roadways is one too many,” said District 15 Commander Robert Meeder. “K.I.S.S. events 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.”

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), 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.

7/17/2017 5:21 PM (Updated 7/17/2017 8:49 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IDOT Reminds Motorists "Turn Around, Don't Drown"

 With the recent heavy rainfall in the area, the Illinois Department of Transportation reminds motorists to be safe and look out for flooded roadways.


Several roads are closed due to flooding, mainly in Lake County, and driving conditions will be challenging today as the flood waters settle. IDOT maintenance crews continue to monitor for standing water and respond to flooding incidents.

Until the flood waters recede, please keep these driving tips in mind:

  • Do not drive through flooded areas
  • If a road covered by water seems shallow enough to cross, do not attempt to do so
  • If your car stalls, do not attempt to push it out; seek higher ground

 

 Before leaving your house, map your route on IDOT's Getting Around Illinois website. It's a web-based interactive map that provides continually updated information on closures due to flooding, other road conditions and more.
 It takes just twelve inches of flowing water to carry off a small car. For more information, check out the "Turn Around, Don't Drown" video from the National Weather Service.  
 Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT's District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.
For IDOT District 1 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict1.
7/14/2017 4:35 PM (Updated 7/19/2017 11:51 AM)

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

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 6/3/2017 9:09 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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