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As deer activity increases, drivers need to slow down, be alert

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), State Patrol and partner law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists to be alert for the potential of deer darting across roadways during upcoming weeks. Deer/vehicle crashes typically peak during the October and November “rutting” period when bucks pursue potential mates. 

“The best strategy to protect yourself and minimize the chance of hitting a deer is to buckle up, slow down and watch the road ahead carefully,” said David Pabst, Director of WisDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Deer can be seen any time of day, but they’re especially active around dusk and dawn.”
Last year in Wisconsin, there were 18,414 reported deer/vehicle crashes that resulted in injuries to 556 motorists and nine fatalities (six were motorcyclists). Counties with higher traffic volumes and deer populations tend to record the most crashes. A county-by-county breakdown indicates Dane County had the most reported deer/vehicle crashes in Wisconsin last year with 859, followed by Waukesha County with 823 and Washington County with 758.
To avoid deer crashes and motorist injuries, WisDOT offers the following tips:
The increase in deer activity this time of year also results in more car-killed-deer along Wisconsin roadways. WisDOT works with private vendors, county highway departments and law enforcement to handle deer carcass removal along numbered highways (the state highway system). Counties are responsible for removing deer carcasses along county highways. Municipalities handle deer carcass removal along local roads. To report car-killed-deer:
Deer carcasses on the active, traveled portion of a highway represent an urgent safety hazard and should be reported by calling 911;
If the carcass is off the traveled portion of the roadway, contact the appropriate county sheriff’s department using the agency’s non-emergency phone number;
To facilitate the efficient and prompt removal of a deer carcass, provide specific location information such as proximity to a mile post, intersecting highway, exit or mailbox number.
Drivers are reminded to move over or slow down when approaching stopped emergency responders, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles - including crews removing deer carcasses. More information on the Car-Killed-Deer program can be found on the WisDOT website.
10/7/2020 10:14 AM (Updated 10/9/2020 4:49 PM)
In November for Construction Projects

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors today approved six construction contracts totaling $109.6 million at its November Board meeting, including more than $100 million in work in 2021 to advance roadway reconstruction and widening for the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project.

 Nearly $1.3 billion in contracts has been approved by the Tollway Board in 2020, as part of the ninth year of the Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion Move Illinois capital program.

To date, more than $8.4 billion has been invested by the Illinois Tollway since the Move Illinois Program began in 2012, with more than $2 billion of that total committed to small, diverse and veteran-owned firms. In addition, the capital program has created or sustained an estimated 89,040 total jobs as of October 2020.

 The construction services contracts approved today include one prime contractor and 36 subcontractors and that are certified as disadvantaged, minority-and women-owned business enterprise (D/M/WBE) firms and three subcontractors that are certified veteran-owned firms. Commitments for D/M/WBE participation range from 24.19 to 27 percent per contract and commitments for veteran participation range from 1.42 to 6 percent per contract.

 November construction contracts awarded include:

 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 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.

 Contractors and consultants can also access resources online to help them learn about how to do business with the Tollway, including construction bid-letting schedules, professional service bulletins, manuals and construction bid calendars. These resources can be found in the Doing Business section of the Tollway’s website.

 About Move Illinois

The Illinois Tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future, is improving mobility, relieving congestion, reducing pollution, creating as many as 120,000 jobs and linking economies throughout the region. The first eight years of Move Illinois are on schedule and within budget, delivering the new Illinois Route 390 Tollway and a rebuilt and widened Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) with its new Smart Road corridor, as well as opening a new interchange connecting the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to I-57. Progress continues on projects addressing the remaining needs of the existing Tollway system, delivering the new I-490 Tollway Project and reconstruction of the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294).

11/19/2020 3:46 PM (Updated 11/19/2020 8:09 PM)
Public comment sought on Marine Transportation System Plan

The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to comment on its new Illinois Marine Transportation System Plan and economic impact analysis study. The feedback will help shape strategies to strengthen a state resource that generates $36 billion in economic impact annually and supports more than 160,000 jobs.

"Our waterways system is a big reason why Illinois is the transportation hub of North America," said Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman. "This study will make sure we are taking full advantage of a critical part of the state's economy and help IDOT deliver the governor's Rebuild Illinois capital program."

The Illinois waterways system includes 19 public port districts and more than 400 private terminals along the Illinois, Kaskaskia, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers as well as the Chicago area waterways system and Lake Michigan. The Illinois Marine Transportation System Plan is intended to guide IDOT's planning and programming efforts to integrate the system in the state's overall multimodal transportation network.

It also will help plan $150 million identified for improvements to the marine transportation system in Gov. JB Pritzker's historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois, $40 million of which is supporting a public-private partnership to build a new inland port at the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in Cairo.

Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing a total of $33.2 billion over six years into the state's aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history, but also the first one that touches all modes of transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.

A draft of the Illinois Marine Transportation System Plan, an informational video and a link to the comment form can be found by visiting and clicking on the "Marine" tab.

Feedback and comments will be collected until Dec. 11. To help facilitate input, IDOT will host a webinar Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 3:30 p.m. Click here to participate.

11/17/2020 4:03 PM (Updated 11/17/2020 4:03 PM)
Public comment sought on proposed I-55 at Lorenzo Road and at IL-129 interchange improvements in Will County

Investment in region made possible by Gov. Pritzker’s Rebuild Illinois

The Illinois Department of Transportation is inviting the public to learn more and comment about proposed improvements to Lorenzo Road and IL-129 interchanges on I-55 in Will County. Instead of hosting a regular public meeting, IDOT will share details on the project and encourage public participation through an interactive website until Dec. 14.

Made possible by Gov. JB Pritzker’s historic and bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program, the estimated project involves reconstructing both Lorenzo Road and IL-129 interchanges, constructing auxiliary lanes along I-55 between the interchanges and resurfacing the interstate. 
The public can watch a video on the proposed improvements, view exhibits and leave comments at: In addition to the website, IDOT’s outreach efforts will include a newsletter mailed to impacted residents and the opportunity to ask questions to IDOT staff over the phone by calling (847) 705-4569.
All comments received by Dec. 14 will become part of the official public record.
Comments also can be submitted to:
Illinois Department of Transportation
Attn: Anna Kutryn, P.E.
Bureau of Programming
201 West Center Court
Schaumburg, Ill. 60196-1096
Individuals without internet access may contact Anna Kutryn, the project manager, at (847) 705-4569 for more information.
The outreach efforts are accessible to people with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance, including Spanish interpretation, should contact the project manager. Persons who will need a sign language interpreter or other similar accommodations should notify the Department’s TTY/TTD (866) 273-3681. It may take at least five days to provide accommodations.
Passed in 2019, Rebuild Illinois is investing in the state’s aging transportation system, creating jobs and promoting economic growth. Rebuild Illinois is not only the largest capital program in state history but also the first one that touches all modes of Illinois transportation: roads and bridges, transit, waterways, freight and passenger rail, aviation, and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations.
11/17/2020 10:24 AM (Updated 11/17/2020 10:40 AM)
MN-55 safety audit kicks off with online open house available November 9-30

The Minnesota Department of Transportation along with Dakota County and the cities of Hastings, Inver Grove Heights and Rosemount are conducting a road safety audit of MN- 55 between General Sieben Drive in Hastings and the junction of Highway 52 in Inver Grove Heights.

The MN-55 online open house includes information on the road safety audit and the opportunity to ask questions and leave comments. Area residents, businesses and road users are encouraged to view the presentation as it is convenient for them from November 9 through November 30.

The goal of the MN-55 road safety audit is to gather feedback from the community and road users about the safety of the road. The safety audit is anticipated to be complete in spring 2021.

Road safety audits are usually completed at a particular location or stretch of roadway where there is a perceived or documented safety problem. A team of experts is assembled with the assistance of a knowledgeable consultant. The experts are preferably unfamiliar with the area and the issues, to increase the likelihood of an objective analysis. Data is examined, the site is field reviewed, observations and recommendations are made from strictly a safety viewpoint.

For more information and to view the online open house, visit the project webpage.

11/9/2020 4:36 PM (Updated 11/13/2020 11:44 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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