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INDOT Reminds Public to Reinforce Mailboxes Before Winter Weather Arrives

INDIANA - The Indiana Department of Transportation is urging residents along state roads and U.S. highways to prepare their mailboxes prior to the start of winter weather.

Snow and ice removal is INDOT's top priority during winter months. While the agency's yellow plow trucks generally travel slower than the posted speed limit and drivers are careful to avoid mailboxes, the weight of snow thrown from plows can cause damage to mailboxes that are not properly secured or have weak supports.
 
Property owners are responsible for installing and maintaining mailboxes on state right of way. To mitigate possible damage, INDOT recommends placing a mailbox as far from the edge of the roadway as a mail carrier can reach. 
 
By placing a mailbox as far from the edge of the roadway as a mail carrier can reach and mounting the mailbox on a sturdy support, it should withstand the force of snow thrown from a plow.
 
Clearing snow from the access area near a mailbox can ensure safer delivery of mail and reduce the amount of snow coming off a plow.
 
Below are tips to help reduce the risk of mailbox damage:
12/1/2021 11:43 AM (Updated 12/1/2021 11:44 AM)
Building Blocks of Success: IDOT announces December dates for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops
Building Blocks of Success: IDOT announces December dates for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program workshops
The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting free virtual workshops in December as part of its Building Blocks of Success series for firms interested in participating in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, strengthening their skills and bidding on state projects.
 
The workshop dates and topics are:
 
  • Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to noon: Job/Project Costing and Work-in-Progress Schedule
  • Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to noon: Budgeting and Cashflow Management
  • Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to noon: DBE Certification Workshop
  • Dec. 9, 10 a.m. to noon: Standard Specifications - Section 100
  • Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to noon: Standard Specifications - Forms, Standards and Pay Items
  • Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to noon: Basic Plan Review
  • Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to noon: Contract Compliance Documentation
 
Future topics covered include financing, QuickBooks training, estimating and bidding, insurance, management, steps needed to be certified as a DBE firm and more.
Building Blocks of Success will continue through April. Workshop information, including dates and times, is available through Eventbrite at bit.ly/DBEworkshops. Advance registration is required.
 
Questions can be directed to IDOT’s DBE Resource Center at (312) 939.1100.
As part of Gov. Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois program, IDOT is helping to deliver the largest capital program in state history. IDOT strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the implementation of this program, including contracting and workforce participation.
 
Administered by IDOT, the DBE program provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses opportunities to participate in highway, transit and airport contracts that are federally and state funded. For more information on becoming a certified DBE and learning more about IDOT resources that are available, visit www.idot.illinois.gov/dbe.
 
11/30/2021 3:01 PM (Updated 11/30/2021 3:01 PM)
Employee Spotlight: Brittany Gavin, Roadside Management Specialist

If you admire the roadsides in western Illinois, Roadside Management Specialist Brittany Gavin has a role in keeping them maintained and looking great. Learn more about the knowledge, passion and enthusiasm she brings to her job.
 
Illinois, Iowa, Quad Cities ready to celebrate I-74 Mississippi River Bridge opening
The Interstate 74 Mississippi River Bridge is set to open in early December after more than four years of construction. The Illinois and Iowa departments of transportation, Federal Highway Administration and Quad Cities communities intend to celebrate the achievement before that happens.
 
On Dec. 1, a daylong celebration will be held that includes a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a public viewing of the bridge and other festivities at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline. The public celebration of the new structure is from 1 to 4 p.m.
 
The new bridge will connect Iowa and Illinois with a soaring arch structure welcoming residents, visitors and new opportunities to the Quad Cities. Handcrafted with the help of Quad Cities trades and businesses, the new structure will be more than twice as wide as the old bridge, providing four lanes in each direction, as well as an exciting new bicycle and pedestrian path that is set to open later in December.
 
Click here for more information about the project and the celebration.
Region 2: District 2 has begun implementing safety improvements to the intersection of Illinois 40 and Science Ridge Road north of Sterling. Work started on Nov. 5 to convert the intersection from a two-way stop to a four-way stop.
 
Raised islands, rumble strips and large stop signs with flashing red beacons will be installed as part of the project. The work is an interim measure to address safety concerns at this intersection until it can be converted it into a roundabout in the future. Click here for more details.
Region 5: District 9 has completed the construction of a structural retaining wall along Illinois 127 south of Alto Pass to mitigate a landslide. Issues with the road started as far back as 1945, four years after the original section of Illinois 127 was constructed.
 
After decades of reprofiling the pavement and making temporary repairs to the slope, the slide reached a tipping point during the spring rains of 2019. The road had to be closed and a one-lane runaround was constructed with signals.
 
The design included installing permanent ground anchors to support a 550-foot soldier pile retaining wall. Resident Engineer John Eaton worked closely with the contractor’s supervisor on this project, tackling various project complexities, such as drilling soldier piles in highly variable subsurface conditions, constructing the wall on a horizontal curve alignment and installing timber lagging from the top down to prevent new slope failures.
Interested in working for IDOT? Apply!
 
With competitive state benefits, broad training and career advancement opportunities, IDOT employees take pride in serving Illinois. Join our team and help us continue to make Illinois a transportation leader in the U.S!
 
Click here for our employment opportunities,
 
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Letting Update
 
Jan. 21 is the first letting for statewide construction projects that are scheduled in 2022. Here are some dates to note in advance of the letting.
 
  • Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. Transportation Bulletin release (Official advertisement of projects.)
  • Dec. 31 at 4:30 p.m. Prequalification cutoff (Date that contractors must be qualified to bid on contracts.)
  • Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. Joint venture cutoff (three contractor limit. Date for these groups who want to bid can do so.)
  • Jan. 18 at 4:30 p.m. Request for authorization to bid cutoff (Final date for contractors who are authorized to bid on contracts.)
  • Jan. 21 at noon Letting (Bids can be submitted until 11:59 a.m. on the day. Bids are shut down at noon.) 
 
If you are new to the IDOT bid letting process or need updated information, following are some helpful resources:
 
11/27/2021 5:29 PM (Updated 11/27/2021 5:29 PM)
Illinois Tollway Awards $109 Million in November for Construction Contracts

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved three construction contracts totaling nearly $108.8 million at its November Board meeting. So far, nearly $709 million in contracts has been approved by the Tollway Board in 2021, as part of the tenth year of the Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion Move Illinois capital program.

 To date, nearly $9.4 billion has been invested by the Illinois Tollway since the Move Illinois Program began in 2012, with more than $2.4 billion of that total committed to small, diverse and veteran-owned firms. In addition, the capital program has created or sustained an estimated 102,730 total jobs as of October.

 

“As the Move Illinois Capital Program advances, we remain committed to ensuring our contracts are right-sized to provide the opportunity for all sizes of businesses to work with the Illinois Tollway,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director José Alvarez. “This month’s contract awards offered three Small Business Initiative contracts along with a contract valued at more than $100 million suited for large heavy-highway construction firms.”

 Construction contracts awarded include:

 The contracts approved today include one contractor and six subcontractors that are certified as disadvantaged, minority-and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms and two subcontractors that are certified veteran-owned firms. Commitments for D/M/WBE participation range from 27.14 percent to 42.01 percent per contract and commitments for veteran participation range from 0.80 percent to 3.02 percent per contract.

 Construction contracts for Illinois Tollway projects are competitively bid under the rules of the Illinois Procurement Code. All contracts are presented to the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors for review and approval.

 The Illinois Tollway broadcasts all public meetings on the Tollway’s website at www.illinoistollway.com. This includes all board meetings and public bid openings. Also provided is detailed information about current Tollway construction and professional engineering services contracts through the Construction Contract Tracker.

11/18/2021 2:44 PM (Updated 11/18/2021 2:44 PM)
Building Blocks of Success: IDOT to host series of workshops for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program

The Illinois Department of Transportation will host a series of free virtual workshops, called Building Blocks of Success, for firms interested in participating in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, strengthening their skills and bidding on state projects.
The introductory workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. Additional workshop dates and topics are:

Future topics covered include financing, QuickBooks training, estimating and bidding, insurance, management, steps needed to be certified as a DBE firm and more.
Building Blocks of Success will continue through April. Workshop information, including dates and times, is available through Eventbrite at bit.ly/DBEworkshops. Advance registration is required.

Questions can be directed to IDOT’s DBE Resource Center at (312) 939.1100.
As part of Gov. Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois program, IDOT is helping to deliver the largest capital program in state history. IDOT strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the implementation of this program, including contracting and workforce participation.

Administered by IDOT, the DBE program provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses opportunities to participate in highway, transit and airport contracts that are federally and state funded. For more information on becoming a certified DBE and learning more about IDOT resources that are available, visit www.idot.illinois.gov/dbe.

11/8/2021 3:27 PM (Updated 11/8/2021 3:40 PM)
Sangamon County: Gov. Pritzker and US senators break ground on $86 million transportation center
Gov. JB Pritzker joined U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth today along with stakeholders and local leaders to break ground on a new, $86 million Hub Transportation Center that will service the Sangamon region. Partially funded by $15 million from Governor Pritzker's bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital plan, the first in nearly a decade, the Hub is part of a larger $122 million total investment through the Springfield Rail Improvements Project. The multi-phased project is a large-scale effort supported by local, state, and federal funding designed to alleviate rail congestion in downtown Springfield by consolidating train traffic from Third Street to 10th Street and by constructing a series of overpasses and underpasses along the corridor.
 
"This is a monumental collaboration of the federal government, the state of Illinois, Sangamon County, the City of Springfield, and rail companies to create jobs, invest in vibrant community spaces, and build a better transportation system in our capital city," said Governor JB Pritzker. "Preserving and growing Illinois' long legacy as a leader in the transportation sector is all the more important as we shape our economic recovery so we can vault ahead of others as we emerge from the pandemic. And Springfield is helping to lead the way."
 
"Today marks the groundbreaking of a central piece of the Springfield Rail Improvements Project—the Springfield-Sangamon County Transportation Center will serve as the area's hub, bringing together Amtrak trains and Springfield Mass Transit District buses at one location right in the heart of Springfield," U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said. "The Springfield Rail Improvement Project is a perfect example of state, local, and federal dollars working together to make our community better. I've been proud to work with Senator Duckworth to bring home much needed federal support for this project, including nearly $60 million in federal funding since 2014 to expedite construction. With today's event, we are one step closer to a more efficient rail system in Springfield that will dramatically reduce delays and congestion and increase safety."
 
"Projects like the HUB Transportation Center and the Springfield Rail Improvement Project are great examples of the multiplying effect federal resources can have on state and local infrastructure investments," U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said. "They show the impact these federal resources can have on our communities and the kind of work we can do when all levels of government come together. I'm proud to join Governor Pritzker and all of our state and local leaders today for this groundbreaking, and I'll keep working with Senator Durbin to provide federal support for important infrastructure improvements all across our state."
 
The Hub Transportation Center will serve as the new multimodal operating base for the Amtrak and the Sangamon Mass Transit District bus system. This will improve connectivity across the state by bringing public mass transit to Sangamon County communities Chatham, Sherman, Springfield, Rochester, and Riverton.
 
Once complete, the transportation improvements, made possible by the Springfield Rail Improvement Project, will not only alleviate congestion, but will ease connection between Chicago, Springfield, and St. Louis. As Illinois shapes a robust recovery in response to the pandemic, the project will stimulate economic growth by attracting more residents and visitors to downtown Springfield.
 
More than half of the improvement projects are completed or under construction, including the recently completed Laurel Street underpass and the Ash Street Bridge, which were finished ahead of schedule. Projects also include the Union Pacific Bridges located at 5th and 6th streets in Springfield and the new ground rail segment between South Grand and Capitol Avenues in Springfield.
 
The Springfield Rail Improvement Project will also facilitate a major expansion of employment and services in the local Medical District Campus and surrounding areas, which can only be fully executed once the rail lines sit farther from the hospital. The multi-million-dollar private investment in the campus will add thousands of jobs in addition to the construction jobs created by Rebuild Illinois. Furthermore, the project will reduce residential and business flooding during severe rain by providing thousands of gallons of new floodwater detention.
 
"The Springfield Rail Improvements Project does more than create jobs; this project establishes a career path for a diversified Central Illinois workforce in the construction industry," said Tim Drea, President of the Illinois AFL-CIO. "These construction industry careers result from business, labor, Federal, State, County and Local governments working together to improve our aging infrastructure."
 
"From the first, Governor Pritzker understood the critical safety, social equity, and economic development benefits of this project for our community," said Andy Van Meter, Sangamon County Board Chair. "Equally important, he understood that this 6 mile stretch of tracks through Springfield was the major bottleneck on the entire state-wide corridor."
 
"This Transportation Hub is a significant public-private partnership that will transform the travel experiences of our residents, businesses, and visitors in our capital city," said Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder. "We appreciate Governor Pritzker's support, along with our federal and state legislative leaders, for the critical funding to make years of planning and preparation for this center a reality. Even through a pandemic, the Springfield Rail Improvements Project has continued to progress, and we are proud of this work that will positively transform our community."
 
"The impact The Hub Transportation Center will have throughout the Springfield community cannot be overstated," said State Senator Doris Turner (D-Springfield). "Springfield's downtown, adjacent neighborhoods, medical district, local businesses, Union labor, and everyday lives will be generationally transformed".
"The high-speed rail project is a game changer for people traveling to and from central Illinois. Not only will travel time be greatly reduced, but also the people in the nearby neighborhoods will have a much safer and quieter place to live. I care about the people of my district and have put my complete support behind this project," said State Representative Sue Scherer (D-Springfield).
 
"Today's funding announcement brings us one step closer to the completion of the Springfield Rail Improvements Project, which has been under development since 2014," said State Senator Sally Turner (R-Beason). "Once finished, this project will have addressed several public safety and traffic congestion issues as well as enhanced livability and commercial activity within the city of Springfield."
 
"This is an important and historic project that will provide benefits to the Springfield area for decades," said State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield). "I'm thankful we were able to work to successfully secure this important funding for our region."
 
In addition to the $15 million in Rebuild Illinois funding for the Sangamon Mass Transit District Transfer Facility, another $12 million from Rebuild Illinois as well as $59 in county and federal funds will improve the Amtrak Station, parking garage and County Square. The Springfield Rail Project is on schedule for completion in 2025. 
 
The Hub Transportation Center builds upon the administration's historic investment in infrastructure improvements to help Illinois maintain its status as a global hub for transportation, shipping, and logistics. Currently, Illinois is the only state where all seven Class 1 transcontinental railroads operate. To uphold this status, Rebuild Illinois dedicates more than $1 billion to expand and improve Illinois' rail systems. With the continued support of Illinois' congressional delegation, Illinois remains an international leader in transportation.
10/15/2021 10:33 AM (Updated 10/15/2021 10:33 AM)
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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