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Illinois Tollway logo   Illinois State Police Announce Roadside Safety Check Results

 Downers Grove, IL – The Illinois State Police (ISP) announced the results of a Roadside Safety Check (RSC) held during the late evening hours of Saturday, November 11, 2017, and early morning hours of Sunday, November 12, 2017. The detail was conducted on the northbound Tri-State Tollway (I-294) at the Touhy Avenue Toll Plaza (Plaza 29) by ISP District 15 officers.

Alcohol is involved in nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes in Illinois. RSCs are designed to remove alcohol-impaired drivers. However, when other violations are observed such as driving with a suspended or revoked license, operating a vehicle without a valid registration or insurance, or safety belt violations, enforcement action may be taken. The following citations were issued at the safety check:

Violations        Enforcement Activity
Registration offenses      2 citations, 1 warnings
Insurance offenses             8 citations
Driver’s license offenses           13 citations
Equipment offenses         2 citation, 2 warnings
Occupant Restraint Offenses             22 citations
Other alcohol/drug arrests              2 arrests
Other offenses        2 citations, 2 warnings
Total citations/arrests                    51
Total written warnings                      5

 This project was funded through the Illinois Department of Transportation. 

11/20/2017 5:40 PM (Updated 11/20/2017 7:39 PM)

Illinois Department of Transportation logo   Preparation Is Key For Winter Weather

As bitter cold creeps into Illinois, the state's frontline weather responders remind motorists that preparation can help take the bite out of winter this season. The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and the Illinois Tollway encourage motorists to prepare for wintry driving conditions and remember: "Winter Weather - Get it Together."
 
"Winter weather can be unpredictable in Illinois, but preparation today will make a safer tomorrow," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "Drivers should start easing into those winter driving behaviors now. Our snow-and-ice teams are ready, as always, to make this a safe, successful winter driving season."
 
Throughout the winter, especially during adverse conditions, motorists should practice basic winter driving skills and build extra time into their schedules. As part of the "Winter Weather - Get it Together" campaign, all travelers are encouraged to follow these simple rules and tips during the coming months: 

  • Always wear a seat belt. It's the law in Illinois.
  • Slow down. Slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking all are required in winter driving conditions.
  • Drop it and drive. Put down the handheld devices - it, too, is the law in Illinois.
  • Don't crowd the plow. A snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.
  • Avoid using cruise control in snow and ice.
  • Watch out for black ice on roads that appear clear but can be treacherous.
  • Be especially careful approaching intersections, ramps, bridges and shady areas. All are prone to icing.
  • Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary. If you do have to make a trip, check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route. Consider taking public transportation if it is an option.
  • Prepare an emergency kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first-aid kit.
  • Carry a cell phone and a car charger in case of emergency.
  • Follow Scott's Law. Slow down and move over for stopped emergency, construction and maintenance vehicles.
  • For a list of suggested maintenance for your car, visit the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's winter driving website.
  • For more winter driving tips, check out this short IDOT video.

"Winter weather causes extremely dangerous driving with black ice and white out conditions," said ISP Director Leo P. Schmitz. "Plan ahead by checking your windshield wipers, vehicle fluid levels, proper tire inflation and tread depth. Remember to avoid unnecessary lane changes and as always, reduce your speed and increase following distances. Don't crowd the plow. Give them room to work. A snowplow operator's field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you."
 
Before leaving the house, drivers are encouraged to check GettingAroundIllinois.com for continually updated information on winter road conditions, weather radars, road and bridge closures and other traffic-related information. The site was recently redesigned in a mobile-friendly format providing a more convenient way to access important information quickly. The winter road conditions map gives travelers the ability to zoom in to their location, travel route or destination and get real-time road conditions. At any time, motorists can check travel conditions by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368) or 1-800-TOLL-FYI.
 
"Winter weather can make driving challenging for our customers, so our priorities are to keep the roads clear and provide roadway information to help drivers safely reach their destinations," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. "In return, we ask our customers to protect themselves and our workers by slowing down and increasing their distance from other vehicles, particularly during storms and severe weather."
                                    
For the upcoming winter, IDOT will have more than 1,700 trucks available for deployment to plow almost 16,000 miles of roads statewide, the equivalent of driving from Springfield to the tip of South America and back. Last year, IDOT spread almost 305,000 tons of salt statewide. This winter, salt domes throughout the state are at capacity, with more than 550,000 tons on hand. Four hundred brand-new snow plows are ready to be deployed throughout the state. The new trucks are more energy efficient and will reduce air pollution.
 
The Illinois Tollway is prepared to deploy its fleet of 196 snowplows for winter storms and has stockpiled more than 87,000 tons of salt to keep its 294-mile system of five tollways clear and safe for its 1.6 million daily drivers.

Follow IDOT on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IDOT_Illinois/. Updates on construction and traffic information are available at www.travelmidwest.com.

11/20/2017 3:43 PM (Updated 11/20/2017 3:43 PM)

Indiana Department of Transportation   Upcoming Traffic Shift on U.S. 231 at I-65 Overhead Bridge

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is alerting motorists to an upcoming traffic shift on U.S. 231. On or around Tuesday, November 21, traffic on U.S. 231 at the I-65 overhead bridge will shift into its winter configuration. While the road will remain one lane in each direction at the I-65 interchange through the winter, eastbound traffic will shift back onto the east side of the road. 

A median will divide the two lanes of traffic and the elimination of bi-directional westbound traffic will allow for safer travel during winter weather conditions.

Motorists may continue to experience delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to the flaggers and signs in the work zone, obey the posted 45 MPH speed limit and be on the alert for workers and equipment.  

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

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About Next Level Roads

“In Indiana, the Crossroads of America is more than a motto; it’s our mission.”

– Governor Eric Holcomb

Next Level Roads is Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s initiative to elevate Indiana’s economic competitiveness and quality of life for all Hoosiers through investment in transportation infrastructure. This sustainable, data-driven plan dedicates more than $30 billion over the next 20 years to improving the conditions of existing roads and bridges – both state and local, finishing major projects, and building for the future. Next Level Roads is enhancing Indiana’s position as a leader in freight and logistics and empowering cities, towns and counties to build communities that attract jobs and talent. Learn more about Next Level Roads at in.gov/indot.

About the Indiana Department of Transportation

INDOT empowers businesses to deliver Indiana to the world and bring the world to Indiana by providing a transportation network that is second to none. The agency builds and maintains more than 28,000 lane miles of highway and 5,600 bridges, and provides oversight for 117 public aviation facilities and more than 4,000 miles of active rail lines. Indiana ranked as the #1 state in the U.S. for infrastructure in CNBC’s 2016 “Top States for Business” ranking.Learn more about INDOT at in.gov/indot.

11/17/2017 4:34 PM (Updated 11/18/2017 8:57 AM)

Illinois Tollway logo   Work Complete on Farnsworth Avenue Interchange on Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora

The Illinois Tollway marked the completion of the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project on the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) in Aurora today, bringing improved traffic flow through the interchange along with improvements for local and public access along Farnsworth Avenue.

 The $19 million Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project began in 2016 and included the construction of a new bridge and ramp reconfiguration to extend the life of the interchange, increase traffic capacity and provide safe and convenient travel for drivers. In addition, new access for bicycle and pedestrian use was created and energy-efficient LED lighting was installed.

 More than 30,000 vehicles use this interchange daily, so the Illinois Tollway appreciates drivers’ patience during the course of this project, as well as the support from local businesses,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Greg Bedalov. “The interchange improvements will allow us to better serve our customers and help support businesses and tourism in Aurora and DuPage and Kane Counties.”

 Among the improvements, the project provides for the first time a barrier-wall protected crossing over I-88 for pedestrians on the east side of the bridge and will accommodate a future extension of the local multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path system. In cooperation with the City of Aurora, the Tollway was also able to complete the resurfacing on Farnsworth Avenue, connecting two previous resurfacing projects completed by the city.

 “This successful collaboration with the Illinois Tollway is mutually beneficial for all involved,” said Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin. “We are pleased with both the constant communication throughout the process and such added amenities as the protected pedestrian crossing. We are also excited that this project is reaching substantial completion just prior to the busy shopping season at the Chicago Premium Outlets, one of the most successful retail shopping destinations in the region.”

 Work on the Farnsworth Interchange Project included the removal of a four-span bridge and construction of the new, two-span bridge that provides two lanes of traffic with full shoulders in both directions. In addition, the bridge, which was raised to meet Tollway standards, was also lengthened to accommodate future improvements as needed on I-88. Reconstruction of the bridge included new aesthetic enhancements on the bridge walls, as well as black powder-coat fencing and traffic signals.

 Two ramps carrying traffic from eastbound I-88 to northbound Farnsworth Avenue and from northbound Farnsworth Avenue to westbound I-88 were also removed from the previous eight-ramp cloverleaf configuration. The existing ramps at the interchange were reconfigured to accommodate these traffic movements and improve traffic flow on Farnsworth Avenue and I-88.

 The Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project was coordinated with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the city of Aurora, Aurora Township, DuPage and Kane Counties, local fire and police departments, as well as Chicago Premium Outlets. The project is part of the 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

 Construction information about the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project is available in the “Projects by Roadway” section in the Construction/Planning section on the Tollway’s website at Illinoistollway.com.

11/17/2017 4:31 PM (Updated 11/20/2017 3:08 PM)

Wisconsin Department of Transportation  logo   Governor Walker declares November 20 as Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day in Wisconsin

Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed Monday, November 20 as Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day in Wisconsin. The Governor’s proclamation notes that Wisconsin’s approximately 2,000 municipal snowplow drivers provide a vital public service that supports public safety and mobility.

 "The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) has a century-old and highly-valued partnership with county highway departments who do an outstanding job keeping state roadways clear of snow and ice,” said WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross. “We work closely with counties to implement the latest technologies and efficiencies to help keep travelers and commerce moving safely. Motorists can do their part by slowing down, give plows plenty of room to operate, and stay off roads if possible during severe winter storms so plow operators can do their important work.”

 WisDOT offers motorists the following winter travel tips:

  • Before traveling, call 511 or go online (511wi.gov) to check on road conditions and possible incidents. Consider downloading the 511 Wisconsin smartphone app. 
  • Buckle up, watch what’s happening ahead of you and allow plenty of following distance.
  •  Most traffic crashes in winter are caused by drivers going too fast for conditions. Posted speed limits apply when travel conditions are ideal. Drivers are advised to slow down when roads are slick or visibility is reduced.
  •  Stay at least 200 feet behind a working snowplow. Make sure that you can see the plow’s mirrors to ensure the driver can see you.
  •  If you must pass, be careful. Snowplows often create a cloud of snow that can obscure vision. Remember that road conditions in front of the plow will likely be worse.
  •  Don’t be over-confident if you operate a four-wheel or all-wheel-drive vehicle. They still require a considerable distance to stop on slick roadways.
  •  During major winter storms, postpone or cancel your trip. Stranded motorists and vehicles become hazards that interfere with snow removal efforts.

NOTE: View this news release online at the WisDOT Newsroom: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/about-wisdot/newsroom/default.aspx.

11/16/2017 2:55 PM (Updated 11/18/2017 9:01 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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