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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   NB Route 83 Closure Underway for Crash Cleanup

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced that a full closure is underway on northbound Illinois 83, north of Interstate 290, in Bensenville, following a crash at the location, Tuesday, April 25.

In order to complete crash cleanup, northbound Illinois 83 is closed just north of Interstate 290. Traffic is being diverted to Lake Street, eastbound Interstate 290 and westbound Interstate 290.

The following additional closures are in place:

-          Ramp from eastbound I-290 to northbound Route 83
-          Ramp from westbound I-290 to northbound Route 83
-          Left turn lane from southbound Route 83 to east frontage

The closures are expected to be in place throughout the afternoon rush. When possible, northbound Illinois 83 will open to one lane until this evening.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and Dynamic Message Signs (DMS).

4/25/2017 5:02 PM (Updated 4/25/2017 5:02 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Proposes Alternatives to Expand Plans to Rebuild the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) as Part of Move Illinois

No toll rate increase required for recommended alternative improvements to increase capacity, reduce congestion and improve travel reliability
 

The Illinois Tollway Customer Service and Planning Committee today recommended that the full Board of Directors should consider a proposal to expand the agency’s current plans to rebuild the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between Balmoral Avenue and 95th Street and increase funding for the Move Illinois capital program to accommodate enhancements to the project that will increase capacity, reduce congestion and improve travel reliability.

Currently, $1.9 billion is provided to replace the Central Tri-State Tollway as part of Move Illinois. Expansion of the project would provide for construction of additional lanes and inclusion of transit and technology accommodations and would require a $2.1 billion increase in funding for the Illinois Tollway’s $12 million Move Illinois Program. Should the Tollway Board expand the Move Illinois capital program and advance the recommended alternative, no toll increase would be required to fund the improvements.

“We already know that the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) will be rebuilt as part of the Move Illinois Program. The 22-mile-long stretch is a patchwork of pavement that includes original 60-year-old roadway and key infrastructure that is deteriorating, so we already have plans in place for work that is necessary to repair aging roadway,” said Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom. “If the Tollway is going to make the best investment for our customers and the region, we need to expand these plans, build for the long-term and deliver innovative improvements that provide comprehensive solutions to regional transportation needs.”

Over the past year and a half, Tollway staff has met with communities, businesses and utilities one-on-one to understand their near-term and long-term plans related to the Central Tri-State Tollway, and the agency convened a Corridor Planning Council with local governments, civic organizations and freight industry leaders providing a wide range of perspectives.

The Tollway’s study to date identified the corridor’s top needs as congestion, access, flooding and freight, which were all taken into account and serve as the basis for the recommended alternative for the Central Tri-State Tollway Project.
 

The recommendation includes continue working collaboratively with individual communities, businesses and the public and beginning the necessary planning and design work for the recommended alternative, including:
·       Building additional lanes, including integrating a Flex Lane through the full length of the corridor, which is a wide inside shoulder with access controlled through the use of SmartRoad technology.
·       Delivering improvements at the two major system interchanges at I-290 and I-55.
·       Providing for regional stormwater solutions in partnership with the Chicago Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and individual communities.
·       Consider additional noisewalls, aesthetics and quality-of-life improvements such as local park enhancements, tree plantings and bike and pedestrian connections.
·       Considering new truck parking opportunities to reduce freight congestion and access.

The Tollway’s analysis estimates improvements delivered by the recommended alternative would reduce stop-and-go traffic and delays and result in significant reductions in peak travel times, including a 55 percent reduction in time it would take to drive the full length of the Tollway.

Reducing delays, eliminating stop-and-go congestion and providing new truck parking opportunities would increase safety and travel reliability. In addition, inclusion of Flex Lanes would provide greater flexibility for expansion of reliable suburban transit service and improve maintenance operations and incident response. 

The proposal to increase funding for the Move Illinois capital program to accommodate enhancements to the Central Tri-State Project will be presented to the full board at the Board of Directors meeting scheduled for April 27. 

The Illinois Tollway is hosting a series of open house meetings April 24-26 to share its research and proposed concept with the public and gather input from customers, residents, businesses and communities. Comments can also be shared with the Tollway online at illinoistollway.com/outreach or via email at 294tristate@getipass.com.

The Central Tri-State Tollway opened in 1958 as part of the original Tollway system is a critical piece of the region’s transportation network and economy. Currently, more than 115,000 people work within a mile of the Central-Tri-State Tollway.

Forming the backbone of the region’s system of interstates, the Tri-State Tollway connects four other interstates, I-80, I-55, I-290, I-88, and I-90, with the new I-490 Tollway being built as part of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Project set to become the sixth interstate connection. The corridor provides critical connections to both O’Hare International and Chicago Midway International Airports, and also plays an important role in Chicago’s freight economy, which supports more than 176,000 jobs and generates $12.3 billion in personal income.

 

4/24/2017 6:04 PM (Updated 4/25/2017 10:52 AM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Public meeting for WI-36 (Loomis Road) resurfacing project in Milwaukee County

Open house to discuss design plans
 
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is announcing the second public involvement meeting to discuss the W-36 (Loomis Road) resurfacing project that extends from S. 51st Street to W. Fardale Avenue in Milwaukee County. The informal, open house meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Greenfield Public Library Community Room, 5310 W. Layton Avenue.  
 
The purpose of the project is to make improvements to the existing roadway. The project was originally programmed as a full reconstruction, but has since been rescoped to a maintenance mill and overlay project. The project will remove two inches of the existing asphaltic surface and replace it with two inches of new pavement. The updated project will not extend outside the existing roadway footprint. No work will be done on the side streets, with the exception of Edgerton Avenue. The pavement on Edgerton Avenue will be replaced to the south of WI-36 to the limits of a recent municipal project. No right of way acquisition or temporary easements are anticipated. The improvements are scheduled for construction in 2019.
 
The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions concerning the proposed preferred improvements.  Interested persons may stop in anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. to review the displays, visit with the project team and share comments or concerns.
 
The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible.  Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing who want to request an interpreter for the meeting should contact Mark Wilfert via the Wisconsin Telecommunication Relay System (dial 711). To allow time for arranging assistance, please call no later than three working days prior to the meeting.
 
If you are unable to attend the meeting, or would like more information, please contact Mark Wilfert at (262) 548-5936 or by email at mark.wilfert@dot.wi.gov. Written comments regarding the study can be mailed to Mark Wilfert, WisDOT, P.O. Box 798, Waukesha WI 53187-0798.

4/21/2017 1:03 PM (Updated 4/22/2017 8:44 AM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   INDOT Hosts Public Meeting April 27 for I-65 Northwest Indiana Expansion Project

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hosting a public meeting to present preliminary design, plans to maintain traffic and the project schedule for the approximately 13-mile stretch of I-65 from IN-2 to US-30 in Lake County.

The meeting will be held at Crown Point High School, located at 150 S. Main Street, on Thursday, April 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Central. INDOT and project team representatives will be on hand to speak one-on-one with community members.

INDOT awarded the contract to Walsh Construction for the I-65 Northwest Indiana Expansion project between IN-2 and US-30, including resurfacing the overpasses at 93rd, 113th, 137th and 153rd Avenues. Additionally, the I-65 northbound and southbound bridges over the Kankakee River will be replaced. The project is slated for completion 18 months earlier than previously expected.

A new shoulder will be constructed and the existing lanes restriped on I-65 from US-231 to just south of US-30. The outside shoulder and existing lanes will be resurfaced and a third lane and inside shoulder will be constructed in the median on I-65 just south of IN-2 to US- 231. In addition, the twin I-65 northbound and southbound Kankakee River bridges will be reconstructed at the Newton County line.

I-65 will remain open to two narrow lanes in each direction during peak times. Intermittent, overnight single-lane closures may occur. To minimize the impact on drivers using local road overpass bridges, construction has been scheduled so that no two consecutive overpasses are restricted at the same time. All construction and maintenance traffic details will be available at the public meeting.

More information about the I-65 Northwest Indiana Expansion project can be found online at www.I-65Northwest.com.

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.

 

4/20/2017 4:22 PM (Updated 4/25/2017 10:53 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Invites Public to Learn and Share Input About Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Plan

WHAT:  The Illinois Tollway will host a series of open house meetings as part of the agency’s ongoing work to plan for improvements to the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

The open house meetings will provide the opportunity for the Tollway to share its research and proposed concept and to gather input from customers, residents, businesses and communities. Comments can also be shared with the Tollway online at illinoistollway.com/outreach or via email at 294tristate@getipass.com.

WHEN/ WHERE:   

  • Monday, April 24, 6-8 p.m. – Hinsdale Oasis, Tri-State Tollway (I-294)
  • Tuesday, April 25, 6-8 p.m. – Lipinski Community Center, 7256 Skyline Dr., Justice
  • Wednesday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. – O’Hare Oasis, Tri-State Tollway (I-294)

WHO:   The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors values public input and believes that the Tollway is best served when it has the opportunity to hear a variety of perspectives on the issue. 
 
WHY:    As part of the 15-year, $12 billion Move Illinois capital program, the Tollway is developing a plan to determine improvements to be included in the reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) between 95th Street and Balmoral Avenue.

This is the only remaining segments of the original Tollway system constructed in the 1950s that has not been improved and modernized to meet current and future transportation needs.           

Once the Tollway Board of Directors has approved a concept, a detailed design process will follow in which the Tollway will continue to refine the details in coordination with local communities and businesses.

4/19/2017 10:50 AM (Updated 4/19/2017 10:51 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   Environmental Assessment Worksheet Released for the MN-169, MN-41, CR-78, and CR-14 Intersection Improvement Project

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and Scott County invite the public to review the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the MN-169, MN-41, CR-78, and CR-14 Intersection Improvement Project in Jackson and Louisville Townships. The proposed project includes construction of an interchange at the existing signalized MN-169 and MN-41/CR-78 intersection and a new overpass near the existing MN-169 and MN-14 intersection. The project also includes construction of frontage roads parallel to MN-169, pedestrian/bicycle accommodations, and stormwater treatment.

The Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) document states the purpose and need of the project along with the anticipated social, economic, and environmental impacts. Beginning April 17, copies of the EAW are available for public viewing during business hours at the following locations:

· Minnesota Department of Transportation, Metro District, 1500 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113

· Scott County Highway Department, 600 Country Trail East, Jordan MN 55352

· Minnesota Department of Transportation Library, 395 John Ireland Boulevard, MS 155, Room 175, St. Paul, MN 55155

· Shakopee Public Library, 235 Lewis Street S, Shakopee, MN 55379

· Environmental Conservation Library, Hennepin County Library – Minneapolis Central, Government Documents – 2nd Floor, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 54401

 

The EAW is also available for viewing on the project website at https://www.scottcountymn.gov/608/US-169-TH-41CH-78-Interchange-Design-Pro.

Written comments will be accepted April 17 through May 17, 2017. Comments should be submitted to Rick Dalton, Environmental Coordinator, Minnesota Department of Transportation, 1500 West County Road B2, Roseville, MN 55113; or richard.dalton@state.mn.us.

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter, call 651-366-4720. To request other reasonable accommodations, call 651-366-4718; the Minnesota Relay service toll-free at 1-800-627-3529 (TTY, Voice or ASCII) or 711, or email your request to adarequest.dot@state.mn.us.

For Minnesota statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org, call 5-1-1 or log on to www.mndot.gov. For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

4/17/2017 7:44 AM (Updated 4/17/2017 9:35 AM)

City of Chicago logo   Chicago River Bridge Lifts Mark Start Of 2017 Boating Season

27 Bridges to be lifted from Ashland Avenue to Lake Shore Drive

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 2017 bridge lift schedule is as follows:

* Wednesday, May 3 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 6 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 13 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 17 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, May 20 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 24 at 9:30 a.m.
* Wednesday, May 31 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 3 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 7 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 10 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 17 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 21 at 9:30 a.m.
* Saturday, June 24 at 8 a.m.
* Wednesday, June 28 at 9:30 a.m.

4/15/2017 12:14 PM (Updated 4/24/2017 6:27 PM)

Illinois State Police logo   Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check to be Conducted

The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 15, will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in DuPage, Cook, and Kane Counties during the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. According to Commander Robert Meeder the Road Side Safety Checks will be conducted April 16, 2017 on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Halsted Exit Toll Plaza (Plaza 47A), April 21, 2017 on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) at Golf Rd. (Plaza 28), April 22, 2017 on the Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (I-90) at Roselle Rd. (Plaza 12), April 28, 2017 on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) at Meyers Rd. (Plaza 52), and on April 29, 2017 on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) at Rt-31 (Plaza 63).

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.

4/7/2017 2:11 PM (Updated 4/8/2017 8:33 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Rest Area Closures - I-64, I-57 and I-70

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces the following rest area closures. 

The I-64 Gateway Rest Area, Westbound, will be closed to all visitors and traffic beginning Monday, March 27, 2017.  It is anticipated that the closure will go through May 11, 2017.

 I-64 Gateway Rest Area Eastbound will remain open during this closure. 

The I-57 Post Oak Rest Area, Northbound, will be closed to all visitors and traffic beginning Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  It is anticipated that the closure will go through May 15, 2017. 

I-57 Post Oak Rest Area, Southbound, will remain open during this closure. 

The I-64 and I-57 rest area closures are necessary for lighting and other improvements at these facilities.  Fager-McGee Commercial Construction and FW Electric are contracted through Illinois Capital Development Board to perform this work.  Traffic control devices will be utilized to close the facilities to traffic.

The I-70 Silver Lake Rest Area, both Eastbound and Westbound, will be closed to all visitors and traffic beginning Monday, April 3, 2017.  It is anticipated that these closures will go through May 5, 2017, weather permitting.  These closure are necessary for parking lot resurfacing.  Killian Corporation and Keeley & Sons Inc. are performing this work. 

Traffic control devices will be utilized to assist motorists during these restrictions. The Department asks that motorists be patient, reduce speed, obey all warning signs, and use additional caution when traveling near this work zone. Additional information is also available at http://stl-traffic.org.

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

3/24/2017 4:03 PM (Updated 4/24/2017 8:38 AM)

IHSR   Chicago - Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Corridor

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), are completing an Environmental Assessment (EA) and Service Development Plan (SDP) study increasing the Amtrak Hiawatha Service from 7 to 10 round trips per day between Chicago, Ill., and Milwaukee, Wis.

On October 6, 2016, a Draft EA of the Chicago-Milwaukee Intercity Passenger Rail Program was made available for public comment. The document was available for review at WisDOT and IDOT, local public libraries and electronically on the project website.

The initial public comment period was open through November 15, 2016. More than 350 public comments were received during the initial public comment period. During this time, a public hearing was held in Milwaukee, Wis., and public meetings were held in Chicago and Glenview, Ill. Attendance and number of comments received at each meeting are as follows:   

  • Public Hearing in Milwaukee, Wis., on October 27, 2016: 52 people signed in and 13 comments were received
  • Public Meeting in Chicago, Ill., on November 1, 2016: 29 people signed in and 3 comments were received
  • Public Meeting in Glenview, Ill., on November 2, 2016: 256 people signed in and 225 comments were received

A 60-day extension of the comment period was requested and was granted by WisDOT and IDOT, the project sponsors to allow agencies, stakeholders and the public additional time to review the Draft EA.  During the comment period extension, an additional 300 comments were received. The comment period closed on January 15, 2017.

While many of the comments were supportive of the project, a majority of the comments were submitted from northern Illinois suburban communities and expressed concern regarding the purpose and need for the project, the possibility for additional freight rail traffic, and the potential for idling freight trains to produce air pollution and noise and vibration impacts to adjacent neighborhoods. Other concerns included the cost of the project and the source of funding, pedestrian safety, traffic delays at grade crossings, potential derailments and the project’s effects on adjacent property values.

All agency and public comments will be incorporated into the Final EA, which will be released later in 2017.

The project sponsors are undertaking additional analyses to further quantify the potential impacts resulting from the increase in Hiawatha Service from 7 to 10 round trips per day. The analyses will include further evaluation of infrastructure investment projects and construction impacts, as well as noise and vibration, air quality, socioeconomics, grade crossings, and threatened and endangered species impacts. Updates will be made to the purpose and need, alternatives analysis, and environmental review sections of the EA.

Once the additional analyses are complete, WisDOT and IDOT will communicate the results of the analysis with agencies and municipal leaders. Following this coordination, a final EA and SDP will be completed reflecting the additional analyses. This is anticipated to occur during the second half of 2017.

Future project updates will be posted to this webpage and illinoisrail.org.

For questions on the project, contact:  DOTChicagoMilwaukeePassengerRailEA@dot.wi.gov

2/27/2017 9:13 PM (Updated 2/27/2017 9:14 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Whiteside County Vehicular Weight Restrictions

The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that postings to restrict the allowable gross vehicular weights will go into effect on the following roads in Whiteside County effective February 14, 2017: 

Garden Plain Road -------- 5 tons per axle (westbound lane only)
Freeport Road -------------- 11 tons

Depending upon the weather, the postings will be lifted on or before May 1, 2017.

2/14/2017 8:29 AM (Updated 3/11/2017 8:59 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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