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Flooding Update 6/11
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the OPENING of: 
  •     the Levee Gates, 2 miles north of IL 143 at East Broadway in East Alton at Wood River Creek
These road and facility closures continue due to the persistent flooding:
  •     IL 100 from US 67 in Alton to IL 16 in Jersey County,
  •     US 67 at Henry Street to West 3rd Street in Alton,
  •     IL 3 in Chester, Truck By-Pass (Water Street),
  •     IL 155 outside of Prairie du Rocher,
  •     Brussels Ferry,
  •     Kaskaskia Street in Chester,
  •     IL 100 in Calhoun County from junction of IL16/100 in Jersey County to Pearl in Pike County,
  •     IL 96 from County Highway 2 to Pike County Line (some roads open to local traffic),
  •     IL 3, in Randolph County, at Mary's River to the Jackson County line,
  •     IL 108 from Eldred to IL 100 - including the Kampsville Ferry,
  •     Chester Bridge closed by MoDOT (MO 51 & IL 150),
  •     IL 16/100 between Eldred and Hardin including the Joe Page Bridge,
  •     IL 96, Kampsville, from IL 100 to Jefferson Avenue,
  •     IL 3, in Grafton, from Grafton Hills Road to IL 100, and
  •     IL 3, in Randolph County, at Nine Mile Creek near Evansville
  •     Eldred Road from IL 108 to IL 16/100, Greene County
The Department will continue monitoring State roadways in the affected areas of Illinois.   Based upon current hydrological forecasts, flooding has or may require closure of State Highways and Ferries along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers. Over the next several days, we will provide updates, as warranted, when developments occur.
 
Traffic control devices and directional signage, including dynamic message boards, have been deployed to guide motorists safely around major closures.  Travelers are advised to consider alternate routes or allow additional time to travel known flood prone areas.  Regardless, all motorists are urged to be patient, reduce speed and exercise added caution throughout the Metro East region - as traffic patterns and travel times will likely be affected.
 
Since this is a very dynamic situation, please see the Department's website: http://www.idot.illinois.gov/home/Comm/emergency-road-closures for the latest information on roadway closures throughout Illinois.   .

Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at http://stl-traffic.org.

For IDOT District 8 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8.  

6/3/2019 5:16 PM (Updated 6/11/2019 8:15 PM)
WisDOT NEWS: June a Peak Month for Deer/Vehicle Crashes

Increase in deer activity requires motorists - especially motorcyclists - to be alert

 
The month of June typically sees an increase in deer activity, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and State Patrol are reminding motorists they need to be extra alert. Deer activity increases in June as females search for places to give birth and young deer separate from their mothers. 

While crashes between deer and motor vehicles tend to peak in the fall, June is when motorists are most likely to be injured in a deer/vehicle crash. Last year in Wisconsin, 515 motorists were injured in deer/vehicle crashes and four people were killed – all four fatalities were motorcyclists.

“This time of year, we typically see an increase in vehicle speeds and traffic volumes along with more motorcycles and deer along roadways,” said David Pabst, Director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “It’s a recipe for a crash, especially if motorists aren’t being alert.” 

Last year in Wisconsin, law enforcement agencies reported 20,177 deer/vehicle crashes. Counties with higher traffic volumes and significant deer populations see the most crashes. A county-by-county breakdown of deer/vehicle crashes in Wisconsin indicates Dane County had the most deer/vehicle crashes last year with 1,033, followed by Waukesha County with 891 and Washington County with 816.

WisDOT offers the following tips to avoid deer crashes and motorist injuries:

The increase in motor vehicle travel and deer activity this time of year also results in more car-killed-deer along Wisconsin roadways. WisDOT works with private vendors, county highway departments and law enforcement to manage deer carcass removal. To report car-killed-deer:

State law requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching stopped emergency responders, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles - including crews removing deer carcasses. More information on the Car-Killed-Deer program can be found on the WisDOT website.

5/30/2019 10:35 AM (Updated 5/30/2019 10:35 AM)
Illinois Tollway And Illinois State Police Launch Operation Kid 2019

First event May 11 at The Promenade Bolingbrook for free child safety seats checks and kids’ ID cards

The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are teaming up to host their annual Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) events as part of Operation Kid 2019.

The Tollway and District 15 have worked together in partnership to promote child safety for more than 15 years, each year holding events throughout Northern Illinois to provide free kids’ ID cards and inspect and install child safety seats. In 2018, Operation Kid helped families and caregivers with nearly 540 child safety seats checks and issued nearly 1,000 kids’ ID cards to parents.

“Our mission is to keep children safe and parents worry-free, every trip, every time,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez. “The safety of motorists and their families is a top priority for the Tollway and Operation Kid gives us the opportunity to help parents keep their children safe on the road and in their communities.”

Illinois law requires that all children under age 8 must be properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system when riding in a vehicle with family or other caregivers. In addition, as of January 1, 2019, children under age 2 years are required by Illinois law to ride rear-facing, unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall, to protect their developing muscles and bones.

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

“Operation Kid offers a convenient way for drivers to make sure they’re complying with Illinois law,” said District 15 Acting Commander Dominic Chiappini. “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.”

2019 K.I.S.S. Events

To make it easy and fun for parents, grandparents and children alike, 10 K.I.S.S. events will be held at convenient locations at various locations along the 294-mile Illinois Tollway system.

Operation Kid 2019 events kick off on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Promenade Bolingbrook, 631 E. Boughton Road along the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355). Highlights include:

Unless otherwise indicated, all other events are on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 18 Hinsdale Oasis
June 1 Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview
June 8 Lake Forest Oasis
July 27 Bartlett Police Department (Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon)
August 3 Itasca Fire Protection District
August 10 Children’s Museum of Oak Lawn
August 24 DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville
September 21 Family Safety Fair at Tollway headquarters in Downers Grove
September 28 IKEA Schaumburg

For more information about Operation Kid 2019 and to see additional activities at each event, visit the Tollway’s website.

Child Safety Seat Basics

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.

Rear-facing child safety seats protect a growing baby’s head, neck and back in an accident. Toddlers and young children should ride in a child safety seat with an internal harness until age 8 or 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 hip bones and their legs and bodies are too short for the adult safety belt to fit correctly without use of a booster seat.

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.

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. 

5/6/2019 3:29 PM (Updated 6/12/2019 11:59 AM)
The City of Chicago Springtime Bridge Lifts

The City of Chicago will continue the springtime bridge lifts, allowing recreational boat traffic to move from boat storage yards to harbors across Lake Michigan. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will be 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, June 15 at 9:30 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 19 at 8 a.m.
* Saturday, June 22 at 9:30 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 26 at 8 a.m.
* Saturday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m.

4/20/2019 3:40 PM (Updated 6/15/2019 12:08 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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