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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)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Meeting on Valley Bridge project and Marquette Interchange project

On Wednesday, May 31, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will hold a public involvement meeting for two projects in the city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County.
Marquette Interchange (I-43/I-94/I-794) Polymer Overlay
Purpose/need: Reconstructed in 2008, the Marquette Interchange is designed for a 75 year lifespan. This maintenance project was scheduled at the time of reconstruction to ensure the full lifespan of the structures.
Traffic impacts: Evening to overnight lane restrictions and ramp closures will occur. A few weekend closures of the I-94 eastbound through lanes to I-794 eastbound will also be required
Schedule: Work is anticipated to begin mid-summer 2017 and the majority of work completed in late fall 2017.
Valley Bridges (I-43/I-94) Concrete Deck Overlay
Purpose/need: Initially constructed in 1967, these bridges have received rehabilitations since then. This concrete deck overlay is a planned maintenance project designed to extend the lifespan of this structure.
Traffic impacts: Since the Valley Bridge operation will overlay units tying into the Marquette Interchange, long term system ramp closures of the Marquette Interchange will be required.
Schedule: Work is anticipated to begin spring 2018 and be completed in fall 2018.
More information can be found on the project website at: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/projects/by-region/se/marqintreh/default.aspx.
You’re invited
The public is invited to learn more about the project by attending an open house on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at the WisDOT Southeast Freeways Office (Hoan Conference Room), 1001 W. St. Paul Avenue in Milwaukee, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Please note below as westbound traffic to the location (located on left on graphic) is limited. Eastbound travel is not impacted.

5/25/2017 5:34 PM (Updated 5/25/2017 5:46 PM)

Indiana Toll Road logo   Indiana Toll Road - Interchanges and More Lanes Open on Memorial Day

This Memorial Day weekend, the ITR Concession Co. LLC (ITRCC) is reopening 20  miles of roadway  that was repaved this Spring as part of the 80/90 PUSH Project. Additionally, the interchange at mile marker 72 in South Bend reopened Tuesday and the interchange at mile marker 21 in Portage will be open on or before Memorial Day to accommodate drivers returning from the holiday weekend.

“As we prepare to commemorate Memorial Day and welcome the start of summer travel season, we’ve worked hard to reopen these 20 miles of roadway and two interchanges for our customers,” said Nic Barr, Chief Executive Officer for ITRCC.

Over the past two-and-a-half months, ITRCC and our construction partners at Rieth-Riley Construction Co. have worked to accelerate construction in order to complete as much as work as possible prior to the busy summer holiday period.  In that short duration, 75 lane-miles of the Indiana Toll Road have been re-paved and six interchanges have been reconstructed.

80/90 PUSH construction crews will be working throughout the holiday weekend with a goal of returning the roadway to Toll Road customers this summer.  With workers on the road, all motorists are urged to always stay alert while obeying posted speeds, particularly in construction zones. To bring attention to the dangers of distracted driving, ITRCC has partnered with the Indiana State Police and Indiana Motor Truck Association urging motorists to Put the Phone Down (putthephonedownindiana.com). The goal is to keep drivers and construction crews safe.

Construction of the 80/90 PUSH project will continue into June with additional interchange work and lane closures expected to be completed later this summer. Bridge work will begin thereafter, but will have significantly less impact on through lanes.

About the 80/90 Pavement Upgrade for a Superior Highway (PUSH) Project
ITRCC resumed construction and lane closures in February for the second year of the 80/90 PUSH construction project. The 73-mile, $200 million project is reconstructing the mainline roadway, improving local street overpasses and implementing intelligent transportation systems infrastructure between Lake Station and Elkhart, Ind.

When complete, patrons will enjoy smoother, safer roadways and easier access to jobs, family and other important destinations. This is the largest project undertaken on the Indiana Toll Road since its original construction in 1954. For more information, to follow our progress or request alerts about our work go to www.8090push.com.
 

5/25/2017 2:56 PM (Updated 5/25/2017 3:58 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Public Meeting for U.S. 24 at Spring Creek Road near Washington

intersection of U.S. 24 and Spring Creek Road near Washington.
 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
6-7 p.m.
Washington Library Meeting Room
380 N. Wilmor Road
Washington, Ill.
 
IDOT is in the process of designing permanent improvements to address crashes at the U.S. 24 and Spring Creek Road intersection. Implementation of those improvements likely is still at least 1-2 years away.
 
Due to the volume and severity of the crashes at this intersection, IDOT is planning to implement short-term improvements in the form of striping, signing and flexible delineators within the next few weeks.
 
The public meeting will provide an opportunity to learn about the short-term improvements to the intersection. The meeting will be conducted on an informal basis; IDOT representatives will be available to answer questions and receive comments.
 
Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact Mr. Randy Laninga at 309-671-3333 or in writing to IDOT District 4 re: U.S. 24 at Spring Creek Road Public Meeting, 401 Main St., Peoria, IL 61602.

Follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict4 for IDOT District 4 updates on Twitter.

Visit http://www.gettingaroundpeoria.com for updated traffic information and views from dozens of traffic cameras in Peoria and surrounding areas.

5/24/2017 4:20 PM (Updated 5/24/2017 4:20 PM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Memorial Day Weekend Reminders

WisDOT says highway construction work being put on hold for Memorial Day weekend 
Motorists reminded to slow down, be patient, especially in work zones. Click It or Ticket safety belt enforcement initiative continues through June 4
 
To accommodate heavy traffic volumes expected over the Memorial Day weekend, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is asking contractors to temporarily halt construction work on many highway improvement projects across the state. While workers will open as many highway lanes as possible, motorists should still allow extra travel time and expect slower traffic in work zones and along major highway corridors.
 
Construction in most highway work zones will stop by noon on Friday, May 26, and will not resume until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. Peak travel times for the Memorial Day weekend are expected to occur between noon until 8 p.m. on both Friday, May 26, and Monday, May 29. AAA of Wisconsin expects some 700,000 state residents will travel 50 miles or more on state roadways over the holiday weekend.
 
“We’ll be pulling back construction barrels and opening as many lanes as possible, but we’re asking motorists to plan ahead, avoid peak travel periods if possible, and expect traffic to slow down or even stop especially in work zones,” said Wayne Chase, WisDOT’s Chief Construction Oversight Engineer. “We need drivers to be patient and focused on what’s ahead of them to prevent rear-end crashes that are common in work zones.”
 
State law prohibits drivers from using a handheld mobile device in Wisconsin work zones except for emergencies. Fines start at $40. Transportation safety officials note that higher traffic volumes and speeds often generate more traffic-related deaths and injuries. During last year’s Memorial Day weekend in Wisconsin, 10 people lost their lives in traffic-related crashes.
 
“We want everyone to reach their destinations safely, but that requires all motorists to do their part by buckling up, being alert and responsible behind the wheel,” said David Pabst, Director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “To help prevent traffic deaths and injuries, law enforcement agencies across Wisconsin are watching for unbuckled drivers and passengers as part of the Click It or Ticket mobilization that continues through June 4th.”
 
Throughout the spring and summer travel periods, the Wisconsin State Patrol will utilize aircraft as part of traffic safety enforcement efforts. The dates, times and locations of many of the aerial enforcement missions are announced in advance on Twitter (@WisconsinDOT, #WisDOT).
 
Significant road construction projects that may affect highway travel during the Memorial Day weekend include:

  • Zoo Interchange project in Milwaukee County - work continues with a new traffic pattern in place. Closures include the system ramp from I-94 westbound to I-41/894 southbound. Access to I-94 westbound is restricted at 84th Street. The ramp remains open for traffic going to I-41 northbound. Various other on and off ramps remain under construction with detours posted to get motorists around the closures.
  • I-41 over the Kohlsville River in Washington County has a unique traffic pattern in place. To maximize traffic flow in the area, both lanes of I-41 southbound are open to traffic with one lane crossing over to the northbound roadway and the other remaining on the southbound roadway. Those looking to access the County D exit ramp from I-41 southbound should stay in the right lane. Both northbound lanes are open to traffic. This traffic pattern will remain in place until late June.
  • WIS 142 (Bushnell Road) near the city of Burlington will have a roadway closure to through traffic between WIS 11/36/83 and downtown Burlington that may impact travel for Chocolate Fest over the holiday weekend. Motorists are encouraged to use the signed detour route along Durand Avenue/State Street and WIS 11/36/83 to get around the closure. 
  • WIS 175 in Washington County - full closure from just north of County Q to just south of County F and from just north of WIS 167 (Holy Hill Road) to WIS 60. Detour involves use of I-41, accessing at WIS 60 or County Y (Lannon Road).
  • US 45 in Kenosha County - full closure from the IL/WI state line to north of County C. Detour involves use of I-41, accessing at WIS 50 or IL 173.
  • I-39/90/94 north of Madison - traffic reduced to two lanes in each direction and lane shifts at WIS 19 (Exit 131).
  • I-39/90 in Dane and Rock counties - be alert for lane shifts and crossovers. Reduced speed limit on I-39/90 northbound near Edgerton and Newville. Ramps to/from I-39/90 northbound at US 51 interchange (Exit 156) are closed. Alternate routes are required.
  • US 14 northbound ramp to westbound US 12/18 (Madison Beltline) closed May 26 - 27. Alternate routes are required.
  • Verona Road (US 18/151) in Dane County.
  • I-43 in Brown County is reduced to a single lane in each direction between Denmark (WIS 96) and the WIS 172/I-43 ramps in Green Bay. Also, I-43 in southern Manitowoc County is reduced to a single lane in each direction. As these lane reductions may result in traffic back-ups and/or slow travel, motorists may wish to consider using I-41 through Fond du Lac, Winnebago, Outagamie and Brown counties as an alternate north/south route. 
  • I-41 near US 10 in Winnebago County - northbound and southbound lanes of I-41 have a 55 mph speed reduction and lane shifts throughout the WIS 441 Tri-Project work zone. Eastbound and westbound US 10 also have a 55 mph speed reduction through the work zone.
  • WIS 128 (Pierce/St Croix counties) - detour of WIS 128 between WIS 72 and WIS 29 to replace culverts. Detour route would include WIS 72 to Pierce County G to Pierce County CC to WIS 29.
  • US 12 (Clairemont Ave) in Eau Claire - motorists can expect single lane closures.

WIS 22 in Clintonville (Waupaca County) is closed between 13th Street and WIS 156. Through traffic is detoured via 7th St., N. Lyon St., E. 12th St., SSGT Warren Hansen Drive, and WIS 156.

  • US 51 in Marathon County - the left shoulder on northbound US 51 will be closed at the County WW interchange and the southbound climbing lane north of Brokaw will be closed to traffic. US 51 northbound and southbound will be open to two lanes of traffic in each direction.
  • WIS 54 between Dexterville and Port Edwards (Wood County) is closed and detoured via WIS 80, WIS 173 and WIS 73.

For up-to-the-minute information on work zones and incidents that may affect highway travel, motorists can access the state’s 511 travel information system by downloading the free 511 Wisconsin mobile app or following @511WI on Twitter. Users can also access the system by dialing 511 on a phone or visiting 511wi.gov on the web. To eliminate distractions while behind the wheel, drivers should use mobile communication devices only when their vehicle is completely stopped and safely off the traveled portion of the roadway.
 
Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicle customer service centers will be closed on Memorial Day, but citizens can conduct DMV business online 24/7 at wisconsindmv.gov.

 

5/24/2017 11:58 AM (Updated 5/24/2017 11:58 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway Expects About 8.1 Million Vehicles to Travel the Tollway System This Memorial Day Weekend

Motorists planning to be among the more than 8 million vehicles traveling the Illinois Tollway system this Memorial Day weekend are encouraged to take their I-PASS transponder with them wherever they go.
 
Keeping an I-PASS transponder in each vehicle and making sure it’s properly mounted will ensure successful toll payments on the 292-mile Tollway system and in other states that accept I-PASS, including Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and 12 other states that are part of the E-ZPass network.
 
The Illinois Tollway expects about 8.1 million vehicles to travel the Tollway system this Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 26, through Tuesday, May 30. The heaviest travel is anticipated on Friday, May 26, when nearly 2 million vehicles are expected on the road. On an average day, about 1.6 million vehicles use the Tollway.
 
The Tollway is kicking off the summer travel season by limiting construction activities to work that doesn’t impact traffic and providing useful travel information.
 
Holiday Work Zones
To accommodate increased Memorial Day holiday travel on the Illinois Tollway, most construction activity will be restricted to better serve Tollway customers. Most temporary maintenance and construction lane closures will be suspended from noon on Friday, May 26, through 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29. Some work may continue behind barriers to keep work on schedule, but this work will not impact traffic. All work is weather dependent.
 
The Tollway encourages customers to slow down and pay attention in work zones. The speed limit in work zones is in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even when workers are not present.
 
Areas where work zones will continue during the holiday include:
 
Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80)

  • Between Ballard Road and Gold Road, traffic is shifted on northbound I-294.
  • On the Mile Long Bridge, northbound and southbound traffic is shifted.
  • Traffic is shifted on the ramp carrying 127th Street to southbound I-294.
  • Traffic is reduced on the ramp carrying southbound I-294 to 127th Street.
  • Between 135th Street and 131st Street, northbound traffic is shifted.

Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (I-90)

  • At Elmhurst Road, the ramps carrying traffic to and from the east on I-90 are closed and detours are posted.
  • At Illinois Route 23, I-90 in both directions is reduced to two lanes.          

Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88)

  • Between U.S. Route 30 in Rock Falls and Chicago Avenue (U.S. Route 52) near Dixon, eastbound traffic is reduced to one lane.
  • At the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange, all ramps are open. However, all traffic on Farnsworth Avenue is currently shifted into the northbound lanes and shoulders on I-88 are closed.

 Illinois Route 390 Tollway

  • Work continues on the Illinois Route 390 Tollway Project with construction along Thorndale Avenue from I-290 to York Road and on the I-290 Interchange. Traffic is shifted onto frontage roads in both directions between I-290 and York Road.

 

5/24/2017 11:32 AM (Updated 5/25/2017 4:00 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Illinois Department of Transportation Seeks Input for Long Range Transportation Plan

Through June 2, Illinoisans are encouraged to complete an online survey that will help identify how residents would like the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to prioritize its budget.

The information provided will help IDOT develop its Long Range Transportation Plan, to be released in late 2017.

Help us plan the future of Illinois transportation!

5/22/2017 5:55 PM (Updated 5/22/2017 5:56 PM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois Tollway And Illinois State Police Offer Fun and Safety Event

OPERATION KID OFFERS FAMILY FUN AND SAFETY EVENT MAY 27 IN ITASCA
Free safety seat checks and kids ID cards available at K.I.S.S. event at the Itasca Fire Department

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are working to keep children safe every trip, every time through Operation Kid 2017 and are hosting a free Kids’ Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event Saturday, May 27, at the Itasca Fire Department.

“Child ID cards are simple and proven way to keep kids safe, not only on summer vacations, but also for travel year round,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. “An up-to-date, good quality photo along with the descriptive information an ID card provides is one of the most effective tools to help locate the child. We invite families to stop by, get ID cards for their kids and have some fun with our District 15 and Tollway safety experts.”

The next Operation Kid K.I.S.S. event is scheduled Saturday, May 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Itasca Fire Department, 520 W. Irving Park Road. Highlights include:

  • Free identification cards for children ages 3 and older.
  • Child safety seat inspections and installations.
  • Touch-a-truck display featuring hands-on exploration of a Tollway H.E.L.P. truck, snowplow, Illinois State Police and Itasca Police and Fire Department vehicles.
  • Fire station tours and fire safety information.
  • A free drawing for a chance to ride to school in a police car for families receiving safety seat inspections and kids IDs.
  • A free drawing to win passes to the Itasca Waterpark for families receiving safety seat inspections and kids IDs.

Operation Kid 2017 K.I.S.S. events make staying safe quick and convenient for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and fun for kids by providing free kids’ ID cards and child safety seat inspection and installation help. K.I.S.S. events are scheduled throughout Northern Illinois in 2017.  Learn more about the facts and event details at the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com. 

Operation Kid 2017 – It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

1 – Find an event near you!

The Illinois Tollway and Illinois State Police District 15 are hosting the free K.I.S.S. events at convenient locations, including children’s museums, malls and Tollway oases.

A complete list is available on the Tollway’s website at illinoistollway.com.

2 – Get a photo ID card for your child

At K.I.S.S. events, trained professionals take photographs and fingerprints of children 3 and older and gather vital information to include on an ID card that parents and caregivers can reference in an emergency.

Up to 90 percent of families will at some point temporarily lose a child in a public place, surveys indicate. Kids IDs are tools that provide police with accurate descriptions to help locate lost children.

3 – Make sure your child’s safety seat is safely installed

Certified child passenger safety technicians inspect child safety seats and help with proper positioning and installation, as well as provide information on correct sizing, expiration dates and recalls to protect children most effectively.

Properly installed child safety seats save lives and significantly reduce injuries in the event of a crash. Yet, Illinois State Police find that approximately 90 percent of child safety seats they inspect are improperly installed.

“One child fatality on Illinois roadways is one too many,” said District 15 Commander Robert Meeder. “K.I.S.S. events offer a convenient way for drivers to make sure they comply with Illinois law, which requires that whenever a person is transporting a child under age 8, the person is responsible for properly securing the child in an appropriate child restraint system.”

5/22/2017 3:47 PM (Updated 5/22/2017 3:47 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IDOT, Law Enforcement Urge Motorists to 'Click It or Ticket' as Summer Travel Season Begins
As Memorial Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation and state and local law enforcement agencies are joining forces to remind motorists to wear their seat belts and avoid impaired driving. 
 
"Wearing your seat belt is the law, but it's also a matter of common sense," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "Making the right choice to buckle up, every time, no matter where you are seated, substantially increases your chance of survival in the event of a crash. By buckling up and avoiding impaired driving, you can help keep Illinois roads safer for all who are traveling." 
 
Motorists can expect to see increased patrols and enforcement zones throughout Illinois as part of IDOT's "Click It or Ticket" campaign. To help kick off the campaign, law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois will join neighboring states Monday, May 22, from 4 to 8 p.m., in mobilizing the national "Border to Border" Operation, sending a zero-tolerance message to the public that driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state.
 
These unified efforts to crack down on unbuckled and impaired drivers come at a time when traffic fatalities are on the rise. Illinois has seen an increase in motor vehicle fatalities over the last two years. According to 2015 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data, 42 percent of nationwide motor vehicle fatalities involved unbuckled vehicle occupants.

Seat belts are designed to keep you positioned safely in a vehicle. Should a crash occur, a seat belt helps slow down the body, works in conjunction with the air bag and spreads force over a wider area of the body, lessening the likelihood of injury or ejection.

"You can safeguard the lives of your passengers and fellow motorists simply by buckling up," said Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz. "Whether you're traveling block-to-block or border-to-border, make sure every occupant in your vehicle is wearing their seat belt."
 
 
For more information on the "Click It or Ticket"mobilization, visit buckleupillinois.org.

For IDOT District 6 updates on Twitter, follow us at http://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict6.

5/19/2017 2:30 PM (Updated 5/22/2017 9:19 AM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   IDOT, Pace Expand Bus on Shoulder Success to the Edens

The Illinois Department of Transportation) announced that construction will begin this week on the Edens Expressway (I-94) to support the expansion of the popular bus on shoulder program. Nighttime traffic impacts will take place on the expressway until the project is completed this fall.

“This minor modification to our infrastructure will have far-reaching benefits for commuters and the environment,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. “Expanding the success of this convenient, innovative program to the  Edens provides travelers in the region one more option to get to where they need to go, while reducing congestion and building more reliability into their trips..”

The bus on shoulder program will allow existing Pace routes 626 and 620, which connect the northeast suburbs and Chicago, to operate on the expressway’s outside shoulders in both directions between Foster Avenue and Lake Cook Road. The project consists of resurfacing the outside shoulders, as well as some travel lanes, adding new signage and modifying rumble strips.

Since the bus on shoulder program was implemented on the Stevenson Expressway (I-55) in 2011, Pace’s on-time performance increased from 70 percent to 90 percent along the corridor. The program allows Pace buses to use the inside shoulders to bypass traffic when speeds have dropped below 35 mph.

“We’ve seen unprecedented ridership growth along the I-55 corridor thanks to bus-on-shoulder operations,” said Pace Chairman Richard Kwasneski. “Since Pace launched its Bus on Shoulder program in 2011, ridership in the corridor has grown by almost five times. When there’s congestion on the roadway, bus-on-shoulder service is faster and more reliable than driving. Commuters see that and choose our service over their cars. We believe they will do the same in the Lake-Cook region and are excited to partner with IDOT on this project.”

A full Pace bus takes an estimated 50 vehicles off the road, easing congestion for the thousands of vehicles that drive along the Edens each day and cutting down on harmful emissions. Pace customers who utilize the service can make their trips even more productive by taking advantage of free onboard wifi. Visit the Pace website to learn more about bus on shoulders.   Beginning Monday, May 15, weather permitting, nightly lane closures will take place in both directions between Foster Avenue and Lake Cook Road. The expressway at times will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the overnight hours. Expressway entrance and exit ramp closures also may be required.

Click here to find details on other construction projects in IDOT’s District 1. Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

5/15/2017 9:26 AM (Updated 5/15/2017 3:28 PM)

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

The Illinois State Police (ISP), District 15, will conduct a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) in DuPage, Cook and Will 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 May 12, 2017, at the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Halsted Street Toll Plaza (Plaza 47A); May 13, 2017, on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) at the Meyers Road Toll Plaza (Plaza 52); May 19, 2017, on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) at the Touhy Avenue Toll Plaza (Plaza 29); May 26, 2017, on the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Halsted Street Toll Plaza (Plaza 47A); May 27, 2017, on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) at the Meyers Road Toll Plaza (Plaza 52); and May 27, 2017, on the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355) at the Boughton Road Toll Plaza (Plaza 89).

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.

5/8/2017 9:37 AM (Updated 5/13/2017 9:12 AM)

Minnesota Department of Transportation logo   MN-36 Stillwater Lift Bridge Resumes Summer Lift Schedule

With the return of warm weather, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will resume the MN-36 Stillwater Lift Bridge summer hours at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning.
The Lift Bridge will be staffed full time from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to midnight on weekends and holidays until the end of the year’s schedule sometime around Oct. 15.
During the lift season, the bridge will be raised on the following schedule:

Weekdays

  •     Every hour between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
  •     Every 30 minutes between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  •     At 4 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m.
  •     Every 30 minutes between 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Weekends, Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day

  •     At 8 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and at 9 a.m.
  •     Every hour between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  •     Every half hour between 8 p.m. and midnight

MnDOT will respond to special openings after 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends and holidays, on a two-hour notice basis. Requests are to be made by telephoning MnDOT’s 24 hour dispatcher at 651-234-7110. Any requests received by marine radio will be relayed by the bridge tender to the dispatcher.

During the periods of the day when the bridge is manned, bridge tenders will monitor channel 16 on the marine band radio. Upon receiving a call on channel 16, conversations will be switched to channel 14.
For more information or a printable lift schedule, please visit the Stillwater Lift Bridge website at www.mndot.gov/metro/projects/liftbridge/schedule.html.
For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

5/2/2017 5:00 PM (Updated 5/6/2017 8:56 AM)

Indiana Toll Road logo   Expiration of Toll Subsidy and Notice of Pending Toll Change on Indiana Toll Road

ITRCC, the operator of the Indiana Toll Road, announces today that the toll subsidy program in place since 2006 will expire May 31, 2017.  The May expiration will result in a toll rate increase on June 1, 2017 for Class 2 users (2-axle vehicles and motorcycles) paying via electronic to $10.52 for a full-length 157-mile trip and to $2.13 for a trip between the Portage barrier to the Illinois State line.

Proceeds from the original 2006 Indiana Toll Road lease agreement established a toll subsidy for Class 2 users paying via electronic tolling that was to remain in place for 10 years.  The subsidy was to expire June 2016, but funds still remained in the toll subsidy account.  The Indiana Finance Authority extended the subsidy for the Class 2 E-ZPass users until May 31, 2017.

As part of the scheduled annual toll review which takes effect July 1, 2017, the toll rates for a full-length trip for all Class 2 users will increase from $10.52 to $10.75.  Class 5 users (typical 5-axle semi) will invest $43.01 in their full-length trip.  Toll rates vary according to vehicle class and distance traveled.  Please visit www.ezpassin.com for full toll rate schedules and further information. 

ITRCC remains committed to the continued delivery of a safe, reliable and efficient travel experience for our customers.  ITRCC is currently entering our second year of construction on the $200 million 80/90 PUSH project.  This investment will deliver major pavement and bridge upgrades, which will improve safety and significantly reduce the level of maintenance work required in the future.   ITRCC is also well-advanced in the project to reconstruct the eight travel plazas and will shortly commence the roll out of an Intelligent Transportation System to further enhance safety and customer communications.  These projects represent the biggest investment in upgrading the road since it was first built in the 1950s.

5/1/2017 4:08 PM (Updated 5/2/2017 10:45 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 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.
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4/15/2017 12:14 PM (Updated 5/25/2017 4:01 PM)

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)

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