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The City of Chicago Springtime Bridge Lifts

The City of Chicago will begin the springtime bridge lifts this Saturday morning, allowing recreational boat traffic to move from boat storage yards to harbors across Lake Michigan. The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) will begin 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, April 27 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 4 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 11 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 15 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 18 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 22 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 25 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 29 at 9:30 a.m
* Wednesday, June 1 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 5 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 8 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 12 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 15 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 19 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 22 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 26 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m.

4/20/2019 3:40 PM (Updated 4/25/2019 11:07 AM)
Spring Weight Restrictions Update

Effective Monday, April 22, 2019 at 6 AM, weight Restrictions will be lifted on all state trunkline highways from the Michigan South border, North to and including M-72 at the intersection of M-22, in the city of Empire, Leelanau County, then East on M-72 to US-131 in the Village of Kalkaska then South on US-131 to the South junction with M-72 and East on M-72 to the junction of US-23 in the City of Harrisville, Alcona County. Frost restrictions are still in effect for the remainder of the state and will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways north of the M-72 line.

State trunk line highways typically carry M, I, or US designations. Weight restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960. For companies located in Canada or New Jersey, information may be obtained by calling 517-335-0023.

- On routes designated as "All Season Routes" (green or gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be no reduction in legal axle weight.

- On routes designated as "Seasonal" (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be a weight reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements.

Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area.

Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area.

Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www.michigan.gov/truckers.

Please refer to the MDOT Truck Operator's Map for route designations 

Spring Weight Restrictions: http://mdotjboss.state.mi.us/APSWB/SWBHome.htm?bulletin=weight   

4/19/2019 7:21 AM (Updated 4/22/2019 5:47 PM)
INDOT To Host Public Input Sessions On STIP

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) invites the public to comment on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). As part of INDOT’s commitment to public outreach and engagement, a public open house is scheduled to raise awareness of the STIP and solicit input from Hoosiers on Thursday, April 11, at Rochester High School, 1 Zebra Lane, Rochester, IN, 46975, from 5-7 p.m. EST.

The STIP is a federally mandated four-year funding and scheduling document for surface transportation projects in Indiana. Project types involving pavement and bridge facilities, projects addressing safety, congestion, mobility and emergency response can be found in the STIP.  In addition, this document includes investment in various modes of transportation including transit, pedestrian trails, and bicycle facilities. Only projects in which construction and operating funds can reasonably be expected to be available, are included.

During the open houses, INDOT team members will be available to engage in conversation, address questions and solicit input related to a variety of topics including project selection, multimodal, highway safety, economic opportunity, Americans with Disabilities (ADA) programs, Local Public Agency (LPA) programs, public involvement, district construction, maintenance, traffic operations and transportation planning.

States are required to update STIPs every two years and do so in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO's), and local governments in non-metropolitan areas. The current STIP document covers fiscal years 2020 through 2024.

For more information about the STIP, to view the document, and submit public comment online, visit http://www.in.gov/indot/2348.htm.

INDOT Northwest will also host a STIP meeting on Wednesday, May 8, at Hammond High School, 5926 Calumet Ave., Hammond, IN, 46320, from 5-7 p.m. CST

Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.  

4/8/2019 9:33 AM (Updated 4/8/2019 3:09 PM)
Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check to be Conducted April 27-28

The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 15, will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in Kane County during the late evening hours of April 27, 2019 until the early morning hours of April 28, 2019. According to Interim Commander Dominic Chiappini the RSC will be held on the Reagan Memorial Tollway on the ramp from I-88 to Illinois Route 31 at mile post 117.

The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois.  Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.  RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.  This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

3/27/2019 12:20 PM (Updated 3/30/2019 8:43 AM)
Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check to be Conducted April 26-27

The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 15, will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in Cook County during the late evening hours of April 26, 2019 until the early morning hours of April 27, 2019. According to Interim Commander Dominic Chiappini the RSC will be held on the Tri-State Tollway, Plaza 47A (Halsted Street Toll-Plaza), on the ramp from I-294 Northbound to Halsted Street at mile post 2.7.

The ISP has zero tolerance for impaired driving in Illinois.  Officers working this detail will be watchful for drivers who are operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, transporting open alcoholic beverages, or Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Alcohol and drug impairment is a significant factor in nearly 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.  RSCs are designed to keep our roads safe by taking dangerous DUI offenders off the road.  This project is funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

3/27/2019 12:18 PM (Updated 3/30/2019 8:44 AM)
Speed limit reduction to 60 mph on sections of I-39/90, Beloit to Madison

A speed limit reduction to 60 mph will be implemented on sections of Interstate 39/90 from just south of the US 12/18 (Beltline) interchange near Madison to the Wisconsin-Illinois border. One portion of I-39/90 between the Rock River bridges and the US 51 interchange (Stoughton Exit 156) will remain at 70 mph since construction is completed in this area. Two lanes of Interstate traffic are maintained in each direction during daytime hours and weekends. 

Motorists are advised to obey the posted speed limit. The new signs will be posted in advance of traffic being shifted to one side of the Interstate. The reduced speed limit of 60 mph will be more prevalent in I-39/90 work zones over the next few weeks as projects complete the necessary traffic switches.

The Wisconsin State Patrol will be increasing efforts of surveillance along this corridor. This will include additional troopers patrolling the corridor and conducting aerial enforcement to enforce speed limits and other traffic laws.

Work zone safety is one of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's top priorities and the penalties for careless driving are steep. 

Remember, when you enter a work zone, be patient and pay attention to your surroundings.

STAY INFORMEDI-39/90 Expansion Project websiteProject Facebook page | 2019 Construction Guide

3/26/2019 2:42 PM (Updated 3/26/2019 2:42 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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