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Illinois Tollway Seeks Firms for Upcoming Work on Move Illinois

Ten professional engineering services contracts worth an estimated $71 million

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway today announced that it is seeking firms to provide design and construction management services for 10 new contracts anticipated to be awarded in 2022.

The contracts will provide for an estimated $71 million in contracts related to work in the 11th year of its 15-year, $14 billion Move Illinois capital program. 

Contracts being advertised today include:

·         Three contracts for construction management services for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

·         One contract for design services for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

·         One contract for construction management services for the new I-490 Tollway.

·         One contract for design services for Illinois Route 390 Tollway.

·         One contract for facilities design services upon request systemwide.

·         One contract for facilities planning and design services systemwide.

·         One contract for ITS maintenance and network support services.

·         One contract for IT and data center planning and design services.

Firms interested in submitting a proposal can visit the Doing Business section on the Tollway’s website www.illinoistollway.com for more information. Submissions are due by 4:30 p.m. on February 2, 2022, with contracts expected to be awarded by the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors in May 2022. Work is expected to begin later this year. 

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. All contracts are presented to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors for review and approval.

The Illinois Tollway provides detailed information about current Tollway construction and professional engineering services contracts through the Construction Contract Tracker on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com.

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 10 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).

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 294 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.

1/12/2022 5:15 PM (Updated 1/12/2022 5:15 PM)
Governor Evers funding local transportation with quarterly aid payment of more than $132 million

Governor Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) today announced that municipalities across the state received more than $132 million in the first quarterly payments for 2022 for General Transportation, Connecting Highway, and Expressway Policing Aids.

 
For calendar year 2022, local governments will receive more than $505 million in general transportation aids (GTA) financial assistance to support transportation related projects, a 2% increase over calendar year 2021 allocations. GTA and other WisDOT Local Programs combined make up almost one third of the state transportation budget.
 
“The work we do with local governments is essential to an efficient and resilient transportation network that delivers from the first to the last mile,” WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson said. “Thank you to all the local government officials who work together with us to make good investments that improve safety, economic opportunity, and quality of life.”
 
The first quarter payments, made on January 3, totaled $132,266,966.99 and included:
General Transportation Aids help cover the costs of constructing, maintaining, and operating roads and streets under local jurisdiction. Connecting Highway Aids reimburse municipalities for maintenance and traffic control of certain state highways within municipalities.
 
Quarterly payments for cities, villages, and towns are sent the first Monday in January, April, July, and October. County payments are made in three installments, with 25 percent of the total annual payment on the first Monday in January; 50 percent on the first Monday in July; and 25 percent on the first Monday in October. 
1/12/2022 2:53 PM (Updated 1/12/2022 2:53 PM)
Illinois rail study wrapping up with virtual public hearing
The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a virtual public hearing through Jan. 21 as part of an ongoing study assessing the state’s rail system to help identify potential improvements and solutions. The event will provide an update on input collected throughout the year on current conditions, capacity concerns and safety challenges.
 
The event, hosted at illinoisrailneeds.org, will include a short video and information on feedback received since the study launched a year ago.
 
The information gathered will be used in the development of a statewide rail plan. It also will serve to inform IDOT’s ongoing Illinois Long-Range Transportation Plan, providing strategic direction for the development of the state’s transportation system.
 
The study will wrap up at the end of January.
 
Illinois is the rail hub of North America, the only state in which all seven Class 1 railroads operate. Illinois boasts more than 10,000 miles of track and serves a robust passenger rail network, with Amtrak connecting 30 communities statewide and Metra operating 11 lines in the Chicago area. 
 
Under Gov. JB Pritzker’s bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program, Illinois is making historic investments in both passenger and freight rail, including $500 million to re-establish passenger rail to the Quad Cities and Rockford, $400 million for the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation and Efficiency (CREATE) Program, $100 million for improvements to improve safety and reliability on Amtrak’s Saluki service between Chicago and Carbondale, and $78 million to upgrade rail crossings and improve safety throughout the state.
1/10/2022 11:56 AM (Updated 1/10/2022 11:56 AM)
Bridge Beam Delivery Continues in January for New Southbound Mile long Bridge on Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project

Steel beams will be transported from Kentucky manufacturing facility to the construction site  

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – Transport and delivery of bridge beams are scheduled to continue in January for the Illinois Tollway’s new southbound Mile Long Bridge on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294). Delivery of new concrete and steel beams for the $500 million Mile Long Bridge Project is anticipated to continue through early 2022. 
 
During the month of January, 20 steel beam segments from a Kentucky manufacturing plant are expected to be delivered for Mile Long Bridge. 
 
The steel beams will not require a State Police escort and the times of deliveries will vary. All deliveries are weather dependent and schedules will be available on Daily Construction Alerts posted on the Tollway’s website. 
 
Each of the steel segments, measuring up to 10 feet tall and up to 134 feet long, will be transported from Kentucky through Indiana and then travel northbound on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294/I-80) to the work zone. 
 
After delivery to the construction site, the steel beam segments will be combined to make up 52 beams to be installed over the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal. 
 
Altogether 250 concrete beams and 165 steel beam segments will be delivered to the site for the new southbound Mile Long Bridge Project during the course of the project. 
 
As part of the $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway Project, the Illinois Tollway is reconstructing the Mile Long Bridge that carries up to 150,000 vehicles daily over two major railroads, the Des Plaines River, the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal and the Illinois & Michigan Canal and local roads, and over several major distribution centers. Construction of the new northbound structure was completed in 2020 and construction of the new southbound structure is scheduled to be complete in 2022. 
 
A $184.6 million contract to build the new northbound bridge structure began in summer 2019 and was completed in November 2020. Work began on a second $182.6 million contract in 2020 to remove the old northbound structure and deliver the new southbound Mile Long Bridge to drivers by the end of 2022. The entire Mile Long Bridge Project is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2023. 
 
The Mile Long Bridge Project includes building two, new side-by-side 4,800-foot-long bridge structures designed to last 100 years and increasing capacity to five lanes in each direction. The original bridge structures were built in 1958. 
 
Both of the new bridges feature 27 spans supported by 26 piers, compared to the previous structures with 53 piers, reducing the impact on waterways, roadway and rail operations below. In addition, the bridges’ inside shoulders in both directions will be built to serve as Flex Lanes for transit, for emergency vehicles and as an alternate lane when warranted. 
 
The Illinois Tollway is coordinating work on the Mile Long Bridge Project with the Village of Hodgkins, Village of Countryside, Village of Willow Springs, Village of Justice, Cook County, Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Coast Guard, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), IDNR Office of Water Resources and the Illinois Nature Preserve Commission, as well as numerous businesses located near the Mile Long Bridge. 
 
Construction information about the Mile Long Bridge Project and the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project is available in the “Projects Section on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com
1/10/2022 9:40 AM (Updated 1/10/2022 9:41 AM)
Zero Weather Road Patrols 1-6-22
ILLINOIS TOLLWAY BEGINS ZERO WEATHER ROAD PATROLS  TO ASSIST CUSTOMERS DURING DANGEROUS COLD AND WIND CHILLS
 
Special patrols provide additional safety for drivers 
 
DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway is deploying around-the-clock Zero Weather Road Patrols to more quickly locate and assist customers who become stranded on the Tollway system during the cold weather and dangerous wind chills forecast to continue into the weekend. 
 
The Illinois Tollway typically operates Zero Weather Road Patrols whenever temperatures or sustained wind chills fall below zero degrees to bolster the roadway assistance already provided by the Illinois Tollway’s Highway Emergency Lane Patrol (H.E.L.P.) trucks and the Illinois State Police. 
 
The 24-hour Zero Weather Road Patrols search for drivers stranded in disabled vehicles and also respond to calls that come in to *999 motorist assistance, Illinois Tollway dispatch or Illinois State Police District 15. 
 
“We’re putting additional crews out on our roads during this dangerously cold weather to more rapidly assist and better protect customers who become stranded or need help,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez. “Safety is our highest priority, and during these extreme conditions we are taking this step to provide an additional layer of safety for drivers traveling on our system.” 
 
Drivers who becomes stranded along the Tollway system should dial *999 for assistance and remain in their vehicle until help arrives. 
 
While Tollway H.E.L.P. trucks sponsored by State Farm run from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, a minimum of 12 Zero Weather Road Patrols provide additional coverage throughout the day and night, including weekends. 
 
Additionally, Illinois State Police District 15 patrol the Tollway system 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
 
The Zero Weather Road Patrols consist of crew cab trucks equipped with arrow boards for directing traffic around accidents or stranded vehicles and accommodate passengers if motorists need to be transported to a Tollway maintenance garage, toll plaza or Tollway oasis while service is obtained. 
 
As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, glass partitions have been installed between the front and rear seats in motorist aid trucks and H.E.L.P. trucks to protect customers and Tollway workers operating the vehicles. Those vehicles also carry masks and hand sanitizer as additional precautions against COVID-19. 
 
Cars or trucks with empty fuel tanks, flat tires, batteries needing a boost, or overheated radiators are just some of the most frequent problems reported among drivers needing help. 
 
The Illinois Tollway reminds motorists that real-time roadway incident information and weather conditions are available via Tollway Trip Tweets at Tollway Trip 90, Tollway Trip 88, Tollway Trip 355, Tollway Trip 94/294 and Tollway Trip 390 or via the Traveler Quick Links on the Tollway’s website. 
 
Winter Weather Travel Tips
 
The Tollway offers the following travel tips to keep safe during dangerously cold weather:
 
    Cell phone users should call *999 motorist assistance for roadway assistance and note the roadway and direction of travel and nearest milepost or crossroad.
    Be sure your cell phone is fully charged before heading out. 
    Be sure tires are properly inflated during cold weather. Tires lose a pound of pressure for every 10 degrees the temperature drops. 
    Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up and ensure that you have extra to account for additional driving time if the weather is unfavorable. 
    Keep a cold weather safety kit in your car that includes gloves, boots, blankets, road flares, water and a flashlight with fresh batteries. 
    Stranded motorists should turn on their emergency lights and remain in their vehicles until help arrives.    
 
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 294 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.
1/6/2022 11:11 AM (Updated 1/6/2022 11:11 AM)
Frozen road law expands to cover northern half of Wisconsin
Effective January 6, 2022, at 12:01 a.m., Wisconsin's frozen road declaration will expand to include regions designated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) as Zone 2. It means that effective Thursday, the frozen road law will apply to roads in roughly the northern half of Wisconsin.
 
The frozen road law allows heavier loads for trucks carrying logs cut crosswise (not including woodchips), and salt and sand for winter maintenance while cold weather allows.
 
To help determine when roads are adequately frozen to accommodate heavier loads, WisDOT and county highway personnel monitor temperature forecasts, along with frost tubes which are liquid-filled devices under pavement. This video on frost tubes shows how WisDOT monitors field conditions to verify frost depths. 
 
The “Motor carrier/trucker” section of the WisDOT website contains comprehensive information impacting commercial motor vehicle operators including weight restriction programs and frozen road declaration. Customers can also check a recorded message on the Frozen Road Hotline at 608/266-8417. Haulers with specific questions can contact WisDOT’s Oversize/Overweight Permits Unit at 608/266-7320. 
1/5/2022 2:47 PM (Updated 1/5/2022 2:47 PM)
New IDOT study highlights importance of Illinois airports

 The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced the results of a new study showing that Illinois airports contribute $95.5 billion and more than 490,000 jobs to the state’s economy, reinforcing the importance of aviation on the state’s multimodal transportation system to promote mobility, supply chain movement, job creation and local quality of life. Designed to better understand and quantify the aviation system’s impact on the state, the 2020 Illinois Aviation Economic Impact Analysis is the first report of its kind released by IDOT since 2012 and comes as Gov. JB Pritzker is overseeing historic improvements to airports through the Rebuild Illinois capital program.

“Aviation is a pillar of our state. Its importance to our economy cannot be overstated,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “Illinois airports serve as a gateway to the economy through passenger, cargo and general aviation services, as well as employment opportunities. Under Gov. Pritzker, IDOT is committed to strengthening our aviation system to better connect Illinois to national and international economies far and wide.”
 
The 2020 Illinois Aviation Economic Impact Analysis found that of the $95.5 billion contributed to the Illinois economy by airports in 2019, $21.1 billion came from visitor spending, $35.9 billion related to the shipment of cargo and $38.4 billion resulted from direct impacts, including $32.5 billion in income to help support 492,768 jobs.
The report analyzed 85 public-use airport facilities – 81 public and four private airports. Data was used to measure the economic impact at each individual airport, as well as each IDOT region and at the statewide level.
 
Early next year, IDOT is expected to release the first Illinois Aviation System Plan in more than two decades. The plan will help identify short- and long-term needs of individual airports and the aviation system as a whole, with the goal of continuing to support economies throughout the state, improve quality of life and boost mobility.
 
By demonstrating the aviation system’s significance to the state economy, the 2020 Illinois Aviation Economic Impact Analysis reinforces the value of proactively addressing airport and aviation system needs. This data not only brings home the importance of investing in the state’s aviation resources, but also helps Illinois airports position themselves for incoming federal investment through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
 
Earlier this month, Gov. Pritzker announced that $94 million had been awarded to improve public airports through the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program, which identifies a total of $150 million to invest in aviation. The $94 million unlocks $11.5 million in local contributions for a combined investment of $105 million. The funding represents the largest statewide capital investment program for airports in state history, highlighting the governor's ongoing commitment to the role of aviation in the Illinois economy.
 
For more information on the Illinois Aviation Economic Impact Analysis, including the executive summary and informational snapshots on participating airports, please visit www.ILaviation.com
12/22/2021 1:44 PM (Updated 12/22/2021 1:45 PM)
POW-MIA signs replaced throughout the state
Important: Upcoming cutoff date reminders in letting section
 
POW/MIA signs replaced throughout the state
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