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Project Update: University Avenue

Location: 2737 University Avenue, Madison WI 53705
Estimated Schedule: 04/01/2022 to 11/01/2022
Project Status: In Design
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6/21/2021 Update:

On June 16, the Board of Public Works approved the University Avenue reconstruction project.  The project will next go to the Common Council on July 6, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.  To register to speak at the public hearing, please visit the Clerk’s website (link available once agenda is posted):

Univ Ave (Shore-Univ Bay Dr) Roll Plot Exhibit

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6/21/2021 12:42 PM (Updated 6/21/2021 3:21 PM)
Public Comment Period For MN-13 Improvements In Savage, Burnsville Begins June 8

Public hearing set for June 28

 Residents, business owners, motorists and anyone interested in MN-13 between Dakota Avenue in Savage and Nicollet Avenue in Burnsville can provide comments on potential corridor improvements and reconstruction of the Dakota Avenue intersection beginning June 8.

The state and federal government require a detailed environmental assessment of both the MN-13 corridor improvements and the reconstruction of the Dakota Avenue intersection. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has completed the environmental work for the project. The public has 30 days to review the environmental assessment and make comments that will be included in the final public record.

The MN-13 Environmental Assessment documents the purpose and need; alternatives considered; and social, economic and environmental impacts for both the overall MN-13 corridor and the Dakota Avenue intersection improvements, including minimization and mitigation efforts. The MN-13 corridor encompasses the area between Quentin Avenue and Nicollet Avenue. Future improvements in the corridor will be identified as funding becomes available.

The Dakota Avenue intersection project includes construction between the MN-13 and MN-101 interchange and Quentin Avenue. Work includes constructing a new interchange at MN-13 and Dakota Avenue, realigning and reconstructing portions of the southern frontage road and constructing a new northern frontage road that connects Dakota Avenue and Yosemite Avenue. The Dakota Avenue intersection project—the first funded project in the MN-13 corridor—is scheduled to be constructed in 2022.

The MN-13 Environmental Assessment is available for review on the MN-13 project webpage and at the following locations beginning June 7: 

 The 30-day public comment period is June 8 to July 8, 2021. Comments can be received through the following:

MnDOT is hosting a virtual public hearing to provide information on the environmental assessment, answer questions and offer an opportunity for public comment. The public also may provide written or verbal comments at the public hearing. To accommodate people who may not have internet access, an in-person meeting will be held at the same time and set up to share the virtual public hearing.

Virtual public hearing
Monday, June 28, 2021
5:30 to 7 p.m.

In-person meeting
McColl Pond Environmental Learning Center
13550 Dakota Ave. S, Savage

Advance registration is needed to attend the virtual public hearing:

The in-person meeting will be indoors and set up to allow for social distancing. Masks are strongly encouraged. Any changes to the MN Stay Safe Plan or federal guidance may require cancelling the in-person meeting option. If the in-person option is canceled, the public hearing will still occur in a virtual format only.

Those who are unable to attend the public hearing or would like more information should visit the project webpage:

To request an ASL or foreign language interpreter or other reasonable accommodation, call Janet Miller at 651-366-4720 or 1-800-657-3774 (Greater Minnesota), 711 or 1-800-627-3529 (Minnesota Relay). You also may send an email to Please request at least one week in advance.

6/7/2021 6:11 PM (Updated 6/9/2021 1:24 PM)
IDOT Telegram - New Multi-Year Program Continues Rebuild Illinois' Progress
On May 19, Gov. JB Pritzker released the $20.7 billion Multi-Year Program for IDOT, made possible by the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program. Over the next six years of this program, IDOT aims to improve roads and bridges and ensure Illinois remains the country’s top transportation network.
"With all that's been built over the last two years, even through a global pandemic, today we are announcing the new Multi-Year Program for the next six years that will reconstruct over 2,700 more miles of roads and nearly 8 million square feet of bridges. And of course, the projects in this MYP will continue to create and support hundreds of thousands of jobs for hardworking Illinoisans across our state, bolstering our pandemic recovery in yet one more way," said Gov. Pritzker. "Rebuild Illinois is about investing for the future — supporting this generation and the next, making sure we have good jobs and the roads to get there, and building a state where opportunity is just around the corner for everyone, no matter where you're standing."
Included in the program are a multitude of projects that will create economic opportunity, enhance quality of life and improve safety on both the IDOT and local transportation systems. Of the $20.7 billion committed over the next six years, $3.32 billion has been identified for the upcoming fiscal year.
Click here to learn more about the Multi-Year Program, access downloadable factsheets and find out about projects in your community.
5/27/2021 1:58 PM (Updated 6/5/2021 10:08 AM)
Merging technology and safety in Wisconsin: the new work zone

WisDOT podcast explores how work zones are evolving for safety

Envision a work zone in Wisconsin and you’ll likely picture orange barrels, heavy equipment and workers in hard hats. Technology may not come to mind, but it is playing an increasingly important role in keeping motorists and workers safe. In the latest episode of Transportation Connects Us, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) podcast, WisDOT engineers discuss the safety benefits of work zone technology, including:

    Queue Warning Systems
    Dynamic Late Merge System (zipper merge)
    Modern work zone inspection equipment
    Engineers also clarify common work zone driving questions and misconceptions

Statewide work zone operations engineer Erin Schwark explains why the state employs the Dynamic Late Merge System (zipper merge) in many work zones with lane closures and heavy congestion.

“I think we've all driven in work zones where you see the sign ahead that the left lane is closing and everyone merges to the right, and then you have cars flying by you in that adjacent lane. We're trying to reduce those speeds, those erratic maneuvers, and basically telling people that you can use both lanes up to that merge,” said Schwark.

Statewide work zone engineer Mike Seifert talks about the cameras and digital technology inspectors use to help keep work zones operating similarly across Wisconsin.

“We want to make sure that the work zones are consistent throughout the state. So that way, if a driver were to drive in a work zone in one part of the state and then they drive through a work zone in a different part of the state, they're going to know what to expect,” said Seifert.

The podcast ends with the engineers answering common work zone safety questions that every driver should know, like “Why do you close off a long stretch of roadway, when work is only being done in a short section?” You’ll have to listen to the podcast for the answer.

Transportation Connect Us is a podcast series produced by WisDOT which focuses on transportation safety, engineering, transportation investments and DMV topics. Download or subscribe wherever you find your podcasts.

5/19/2021 12:21 PM (Updated 5/19/2021 12:30 PM)
Seeing blue: New EV charging station signs to appear soon along Illinois interstates

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that new signs will start appearing along interstate corridors, guiding motorists to charging stations for electric vehicles. The signs are part of a national effort to promote alternative fuels that will also spark economic activity in Illinois communities and follow Gov. JB Pritzker’s commitment to have 750,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030.

“My administration is committed to making Illinois a leader in a clean energy and economic opportunity, and I’m proud to take another step toward fulfilling that mission,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “These new signs will allow electric vehicle owners to easily determine the location of the closest charging station, furthering the state’s mission to reduce air pollutants by expanding the use of low-emission vehicles.”

Nationwide, the Federal Highway Administration has designated 145,000 miles of interstate for promoting alternative fuels. In Illinois, Interstates 39, 55, 70, 74, 80, 90 and 94 were identified to take part. In the coming weeks, blue “Alternative Fuels Corridor” signs will be installed along each corridor.

Additional signs will be installed later in conjunction with IDOT’s blue sign program on exit ramps, providing directional information to charging stations as well as nearby gas stations, restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions.

“Under the governor’s leadership, IDOT is working with federal, state and local partners to keep Illinois infrastructure ahead of the curve while making travel more efficient and environmentally friendly,” said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. “These signs will not only make longer trips easier and more convenient, but also give a boost to the many towns and businesses along our interstates.”

The first signs will show electric charging locations, but additional ones in the future will point out locations for compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, hydrogen and propane fueling stations. More information on the federal effort to create alternative fuel corridors can be found here.

5/12/2021 12:41 PM (Updated 5/12/2021 12:43 PM)
Annual lifting of 27 Bridges from Ashland Avenue to Lake Shore Drive Until June 30

The annual boat runs allow recreational high mast sail boats to move from boat storage yards to harbors in Lake Michigan. Chicago’s harbors will open officially on May 1. 

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has completed testing each bridge and will lift the movable bridges over the south and main branches of the Chicago River, allowing boats to safely and easily move into summer docking locations up and down the shoreline.   

During boat runs, the bridges are raised sequentially, typically one at a time. Each bridge lift takes an average of eight to 12 minutes. Because of construction work on the Lake Shore Drive Bridge, the lift could take up to 45 minutes.   

A total of 27 bridges will be lifted in succession starting with the Ashland Avenue Bridge, bi-weekly on Saturdays and Wednesdays, based on demand from boat yards. The first bridge is raised at about 8 a.m. on Saturdays and about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. It typically takes about four hours for the boats to reach the lake.  

The spring 2021 bridge lift schedule is as follows:

    Wednesday, June 23, 9:30 a.m.
    Saturday, June 26, 8 a.m.
    Wednesday, June 30, 9:30 a.m.
The web:

4/27/2021 4:02 PM (Updated 6/20/2021 12:00 PM)
IDOT, ISP Remind Motorcyclists to Ride Smart

As warmer weather approaches, motorcycles are becoming a common sight. In an effort to advocate for a safe riding season, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police have joined forces to kick off the latest “Ride Smart” safety campaign, reminding motorcyclists to have their bikes safety-checked to make sure they’re in proper running condition, prepare their high-visibility clothing and take advantage of the free motorcycle training classes throughout the state.

“Motorcycles are on the road for just part of the year yet account for 15 percent of all traffic fatalities, said Cynthia Watters, IDOT’s bureau chief of Safety Programs and Engineering. “To keep everyone safe, we urge drivers and motorcyclists to share the road, be alert, and to always ride sober. Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of injury or death when involved in a crash, so it is imperative that all riders ‘Ride Smart’ this riding season.”

Motorcyclists need an M-Class endorsement and a valid driver’s license to legally ride in Illinois. Successful graduates of an IDOT training course (age 18 or over) are issued a completion card, waiving the M-Class testing requirement at an Illinois Secretary of State licensing facility.

To protect themselves, riders should always:

Illinois has offered free motorcycle training of all skill and experience levels since the Cycle Rider Safety Training Program began in 1976. The program is funded through license and registration fees. For more information, visit

“As more and more riders are getting ready for the season, we encourage riders to perform a thorough safety inspection on their motorcycle, often referred to as a T-CLOCKS inspection,” said ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly. “After the bike is roadworthy, it’s time to dust off the rider skill set with a quality rider training. And once riders head out, it’s important everyone share the roadway and make good choices behind the wheel and handlebar as they interact with each other in traffic.”

3/26/2021 12:06 PM (Updated 3/26/2021 12:07 PM)
IDOT Telegram - Employee Innovation Recognized At IDOT

Employee innovation recognized at IDOT

George Tapas brings more than 33 years of transportation experience to his role as IDOT’s Engineer of Local Roads and Streets. He has had the privilege of leading and managing some of the most critical infrastructure builds in the United States and Canada, including highways, toll roads, heavy rail, transit and airports.

“The most unique and interesting aspect of these experiences were gained in delivering cutting-edge procurements via design/build and, more importantly, public-private partnerships,” Tapas said. “In accomplishing this work, I was able to get involved with the differences and similarities in how other DOTs plan, program, procure, implement and complete projects.”

At IDOT, Tapas leads the Bureau of Local Roads and Streets, which coordinates with local governments in all matters pertaining to highway transportation. The bureau assists those governments with planning, finance, design, construction and maintenance of local transportation systems and promotes the coordination and cooperation of counties, townships and municipalities in the development of transportation systems.

Read more about Tapas’ thoughts about his job at IDOT.

Construction is underway in District 3 for an extension of Eldamain Road in Yorkville from River Road south to Illinois 71. This $34.5 million local construction project is led by Kendall County with oversight and funding by IDOT. The extension is 4.57 miles long and includes a new, eight-span, 1,557-foot steel girder bridge over the Fox River.

Dirt work and road construction are underway at the south end of the project. Included in this project are a new roundabout at Eldamain and Fox roads, new traffic signals and lighting as well as improvements to River Road, Fox Road, Fox Court, Budd Road, Illinois 71 and West Highpoint Road.

In District 1, a $9.7 million project is underway to reconstruct and convert the 5-point intersection of U.S. 20 (Grant Highway) and South Union, Beck and Marengo roads in McHenry County into a modern roundabout. In addition, U.S. 20 will be widened at Coral Road and at West Union Road to accommodate new center turn lanes.

Work is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Click here to learn more about navigating roundabouts.

In District 9, IDOT’s Region 5 Communications Outreach Liaison Dawn Johnson and the Adopt-A-Highway Coordinator Joe Schatteman joined local partners and volunteer groups in May at the official kickoff of the Clean SOIL’s (Southern Illinois) annual regional anti-litter campaign at Veterans Memorial Airport in Marion. Attendees received a brief overview of Adopt-A-Highway program’s benefits and customer-friendly improvements that have been made — the biggest allowing applicants to easily access online what roads are available for adoption in throughout Illinois.

The Clean SOIL initiative was created in response to how IDOT spends $6 million in taxpayer dollars each year to clean up trash along the state's highways. . Clean SOIL leaders will work with IDOT, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Shawnee National Forest, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, labor leaders, businesses, environmental organizations and others to plan events to bring awareness to the problem of litter and support clean-up efforts.

Learn more about this project here.

IDOT offers free subscription email services to anyone interested in finding out more about construction projects and work zones, IDOT initiatives, important safety messages and more.

Subscribe to IDOT in Motion or update your preferred email lists today.

1/11/2021 4:21 PM (Updated 6/18/2021 1:23 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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