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Public Comment Sought On Proposed I-57, IL-17 Interchange Improvements In Kankakee

The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to learn more and comment about proposed improvements to the I-57 interchange at IL-17 (Court Street) in Kankakee. Instead of hosting a regular public meeting, IDOT will share details on the project and encourage public participation Oct. 1-31 through the project website.  

The project is expected to include reconstructing the interchange with drainage, intersection and safety improvements. Alignment changes are proposed along I-57 and will require replacement of the bridges carrying Waldron Road and Kankakee, Beaverville & Southern Railroad over the interstate. Permanent and temporary closure or relocation of some local streets and entrances will be necessary. Acquisition of additional right of way and easements also will be required. Noise barriers found to be reasonable and feasible for potential highway traffic noise impacts will be shown in the website exhibits. 
This public participation opportunity also will seek comment regarding wetland impacts and proposed mitigation measures. 
At the project website, beginning Oct. 1, the public can watch a presentation about the project, view exhibits and download a comment sheet to return via email or mail. The project team will respond in writing to all comments received. Completed comment sheets and responses will be posted to the project website for viewing. 
All comments received by Oct. 31 will become part of the public record. 
Comments may be sent via mail or email to: 
Illinois Department of Transportation 
Attn: Dave Alexander 
700 E. Norris Drive 
Ottawa, IL 61350 
To request accommodations for those with disabilities, please contact Mr. Alexander by Sept. 25 at (815) 434-8468 or 800-526-0857 (TTY: 800-526-0844).
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9/21/2020 11:01 AM (Updated 9/21/2020 3:15 PM)
ODOT Districts 1 And 2 To Hold Hiring Events To Find Snowplow Drivers

ODOT Districts 1 and 2 to hold hiring events to find snowplow drivers
Hiring events planned in Bowling Green, Lima, and Defiance

The days are getting shorter, which means it is time for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to get ready for winter operations.

Throughout September and October, ODOT Districts 1 and 2 will be holding three hiring events to fill approximately 65 winter seasonal positions available across the region.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Plowing snow is the primary job responsibility for winter seasonal positions, but employees may also be asked to perform other operational duties.

District 1 is looking to fill 36 positions in Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, and Wyandot counties. District 2 maintains Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood, and Williams counties. District 2 seeks drivers for Lucas, Northwood, Ottawa, & Wood garages.

During these winter seasonal hiring events, applicants will undergo a driving record check and take the required physical abilities test prior to being interviewed by a manager for the position. Applicants will be required to wear a face covering during the job fair.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent; a valid class A or B commercial driver’s license (CDL) with a tanker endorsement, without air brake restriction; and three months of training or experience in basic equipment operation.

The salary is $18.05 per hour. The positions are temporary, and benefits are not provided. Both districts are looking for people who are available to work 40 hours a week from December through March. On-call and part-time options may be available.

Previous experience plowing snow is not necessary. Training is available for applicants who meet the basic requirements.  

Applicants planning to attend one of the hiring events are encouraged to apply in advance: and search by organization for "Transportation – District 01" or "Transportation - District 02". 

9/20/2020 2:18 PM (Updated 9/21/2020 11:03 AM)
Virtual online open house begins today to highlight proposed future of MN-65 in Spring Lake Park, Blaine, Ham Lake

The public is invited to participate in a virtual online open house from Friday, Aug. 28 through Monday, Sept. 28, 2020 to learn more about proposed designs for the future of MN- 65 in Spring Lake Park, Blaine and Ham Lake.  MnDOT, in partnership with Anoka County and the cities of Blaine, Ham Lake and Spring Lake Park are studying the highway corridor between Anoka CR-10/Mounds View Blvd. in Spring Lake Park and Bunker Lake Boulevard in Ham Lake. Along with input from the community, three cost-effective solutions were identified to address the transportation needs of all users.

The online virtual open house will present proposed designs to address safety, congestion, access and bicycle/pedestrian needs. Participants will be able to view several layouts, ask questions and give feedback. To learn more and to visit the online open house, please visit the MN-65 study meetings page.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) invites and encourages participation by all. We believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to enjoy the programs, services and activities we provide. To request this information in a different format, call 651-366-4718 or email your request to

MN-65 is a gateway that connects communities in the Twin Cities Metro area and provides access to greater Minnesota. The section of MN-65 between Bunker Lake Blvd. in Ham Lake and CR-10/ Mounds View Blvd. in Spring Lake Park currently has capacity, access, mobility and safety issues. As the area continues to grow, MnDOT along with county and city leaders are working on a vision for the corridor that best addresses these transportation issues.

For more information and to sign up for project updates, please visit

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8/28/2020 2:58 PM (Updated 9/1/2020 10:27 AM)
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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