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2011 Press Releases

DECEMBER

December 28, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics, announces the 2011 Contractor of the Year awards at the December General Contractors of Illinois’ Annual Conference.

December 22, 2011
Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials today urged motorists to prepare for winter driving conditions. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois Tollway and the Illinois State Police (ISP) are working together to ensure the state’s frontline winter crews and emergency equipment are available to respond to possible inclement weather and make travel safer and easier on Illinois’ highways, tollways and major roads.

December 22, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today released crash data showing a continual reduction in the number of alcohol-impaired motor vehicle fatalities in Illinois from 2006 through 2010. The measure of alcohol impairment involves at least one driver with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher, or beyond the legal blood-alcohol limit in Illinois. IDOT and law enforcement agencies statewide are partnering this holiday season to boost safety and continue the fight against impaired driving.

December 21, 2011
With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over the Christmas and New Year holiday weekends, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road work will be suspended where possible for the weekends to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow.

December 21, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the Existing Conditions Report, a key milestone in the master planning process for the South Suburban Airport.

December 19, 2011
SPRINGFIELD - Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) workers donated nearly 1,200 pounds of food and supplies to be sent to military personnel serving overseas through the holidays. IDOT staff participated in a collection drive for the Operation Support Our Troops - America organization, which also resulted in more than 170 Christmas cards and personal letters going to armed services members.

December 12, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be hosting three public meetings this month to obtain feedback on the Target Market Program and to make Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms aware of new initiatives to address their specific financial needs.

December 12, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced that a cooperative agreement has been finalized with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and host railroads to begin construction of the Chicago-Moline passenger rail corridor. The project is expected to create nearly 2,000 jobs.

NOVEMBER

November 28, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today unveiled a new diversity Internet site to boost communication of employment and contracting opportunities for prospective minority workers and minority-owned and women-owned firms in Illinois.

November 22, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today unveiled the Illinois Yellow Dot program, a life-saving, traffic safety initiative that provides first responders with critical information to improve emergency care for persons involved in vehicle crashes. IDOT along with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois Department of Aging (IDOA) and county health departments across the state are working together to increase awareness of the voluntary, federally funded program, and provide distribution centers and information for interested residents.

November 22, 2011
With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road work will be suspended where possible for the weekend to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. IDOT also provided advance notice of lane closures for the holiday weekend to aid motorists’ travel plans and improve safety.

November 21, 2011
With heavy traffic expected over Thanksgiving weekend and to boost roadway safety, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today kicked off the Click It or Ticket and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization with Illinois State Police (ISP) and local law enforcement agencies statewide. By the end of the weekend, Illinois motorists could see over 1,700 safety belt enforcement zones and 40 roadside safety checks conducted by over 200 law enforcement agencies, all with a special focus on safety belt violations and impaired driving during nighttime hours.

November 18, 2011
Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials today stressed safety by urging motorists to prepare for unfavorable winter driving conditions. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Tollway and the Illinois State Police (ISP) have partnered to roll out the state’s frontline winter crews and ensure that emergency equipment is ready for the upcoming snow and ice season.

November 10, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that beginning Monday, November 14, 2011, weather permitting, the structure carrying IL Route 140 over E. Fork Silver Creek located 0.5 miles east of IL 160 near Alhambra will be reduced to one lane.

November 7, 2011
Governor Pat Quinn, joined by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Regional Transportation Authority and Pace officials, today announced the Nov. 14 launch of the region’s first Bus on Shoulder program, a two-year pilot project that allows Pace buses on the Stevenson Expressway’s inside shoulder during heavy congestion.

OCTOBER

October 27, 2011
I-270 Westbound Chain of Rocks River Bridge, near Granite City

October 27, 2011
22nd Street and Midwest Road intersection restrictions in Oak Brook, IL.

October 27, 2011
U.S. 6 closure at CSX railroad crossing in Channahon, IL.

October 25, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources today announced that collisions between vehicles and deer declined in 2010 and reminded motorists to once again be alert for deer along roadways during one of their most active periods of the year.

October 25, 2011
U.S. 20 (Lake Street) Exit Ramp Closed from Interstate 290

October 24, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today reminded motorists that one of the most frightening things about Halloween is encountering an impaired driver. The message is simple…Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!

October 14, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation and other state agencies and organizations are teaming up to make Illinois veterans and other residents aware of information pertaining to well-paying job opportunities as highway maintainers.

SEPTEMBER

September 29, 2011
To support a healthy lifestyle for children and encourage green transportation practices, the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Board of Education are urging schools across the state to participate in International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5.

September 29, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced the release of a new study that will help the agency revise minority participation goals for state highway projects. The study updates benchmarks established a decade ago and further demonstrates Governor Pat Quinn’s commitment to increasing diversity on projects statewide.

September 22, 2011
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), State Police, AAA, Evenflo and St. John’s Hospital today announced Seat Check Saturday and called on all parents and caregivers to ensure children are properly restrained in correctly installed child safety seats when traveling on Illinois roadways. On Saturday, September 24, over 80 free child safety seat checks will take place in Illinois providing parents with hands-on training from 682 certified child passenger safety (CPS) technicians.

September 15. 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is partnering with NASCAR and the Chicagoland Speedway to promote safe driving for the 5th straight year during the NASCAR race weekend, September 15-18. The strategic partnership will promote the Buckle Up America and the Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaigns to boost safety and encourage positive motorist behavior.

September 15, 2011
Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider, along with other state and local officials, today broke ground on a $39.6 million construction project to upgrade a segment of U.S. 67 to a four-lane expressway. The improvement project will create 500 jobs, improve traffic capacity, enhance safety and promote economic growth along the corridor.

September 13, 2011
Since 2004, the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) sponsorship of the Engineering Explorer Post 6 has helped students explore the different aspects of engineering through field trips, group activities, and special guest speakers. The Engineering Explorer Post will host its annual “First Nighter” on Thursday, September 15th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the IDOT Central Office – 2300 South Dirksen Parkway in Springfield. This is an open house to explain the program to both students and parents.

September 1, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police today announced plans to increase impaired driving enforcement efforts over Labor Day weekend, and dedicated the weekend’s roadside safety checks to victims of impaired driving. Motorists are strongly encouraged to drive sober and buckle up this Labor Day weekend as the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign heads into the final stretch.

September 1, 2011
With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road work will be suspended where possible for the weekend to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. The advance notice of lane closures for the holiday weekend is designed to aid motorists’ travel plans and improve safety.

AUGUST

August 26, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety along with state and local law enforcement officials today used a controlled training exercise called a “wet lab” to demonstrate the negative effects of alcohol on driving.

August 26, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that weather permitting, construction will begin on I-64 on Monday, August 28, 2011 or Tuesday, August 29, 2011.

August 26, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that there will be lane closures on I-255 beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2011, weather permitting.

August 25, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that daytime closures will be encountered on the Martin Luther King Bridge, beginning Monday, August 29, 2011 and ending Thursday, September 1, 2011.

August 25, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, construction work on IL 81 west of Cambridge will begin on Monday, August 29, 2011.

August 19, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) have partnered with Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies across the state to kick off the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” mobilization, an intensive, two-week crackdown on impaired driving leading up to the Labor Day holiday. From August 19th through September 5th, the Illinois State Police join over 350 local police departments and county sheriff’s offices for the crackdown.

August 18, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police, American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), and the Associated General Contractors of Illinois today unveiled the National Work Zone Memorial Wall at the Illinois State Fair, to recognize the tragic loss of life in work zones and to stress the importance of increased awareness for motorist and worker safety.

August 15, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today joined with the Illinois Secretary of State, Illinois State Police (ISP) and corporate sponsors to kick off the fifth year of the successful Operation Teen Safe Driving (OTSD) program. Illinois continues to lead the nation in this peer-led safe driving initiative implemented by IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety.

August 11, 2011
Acting Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider today announced new state highway maps are available, and are being released at the 2011 Illinois State Fair.

August 10, 2011
Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will seek early input into the development of its upcoming Multi-Year Road Program for Highway Improvements for Fiscal Years 2013-2018 through informational and feedback sessions to be held in communities throughout the state. The public meeting for the IDOT District 7 area will be held on August 22, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Effingham Knights of Columbus Building, 1501 West Fayette Avenue, Effingham, IL to give residents and businesses in the area a chance to better understand and weigh in on project priorities over the next five to seven years.

August 10, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that traffic pattern changes around the 2011 Illinois State Fair will be implemented starting Thursday to boost safety and accommodate the parade along with anticipated traffic.

August 1, 2011
Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and Fox Waterway Agency today joined local officials and citizens in announcing a new “Mud to Community Gardens” project that will help create a series of urban gardens in Broadview and Maywood.

JULY

July 29, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that I-55, from 1.3 Miles North of IL 140 to 0.5 Miles North of IL 4 in Madison County, will be intermittently restricted, during daytime hours only.

July 29, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that effective immediately, the eastbound I-64 ramp from St. Clair Avenue will be closed to Truck Traffic.

July 29, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that work is underway on the West Main St. overpass in Galesburg, located on US 150/West Main St. from Walnut Ave. to just east of Academy St. .

July 29, 20111
The Illinois Department of Transportation, located in Dixon, announces that a lane closure will be installed on I-80 south of I-88 in Rock Island County, Illinois.

July 29, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that daytime closures on US Route 51 from the Fayette County line to Patoka .

July 29, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation has announced that day time and night time lane closures on Illinois Route 161 in Centralia from Randolph Drive to Pleasant Avenue.

July 25, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that the ramp from northbound IL 3 to eastbound I-270 will be closed.

July 25, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that the contractor will be closing southeast Formosa Road from approximately 400 feet south of IL 162 to Old Collinsville Road.

July 25, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that ramp lane closures will occur on the northbound I-55 ramps at IL143 near Edwardsville.

July 25, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that both of the northbound I-55 on ramps at IL 140 at Hamel will be closed.

July 20, 2011
Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider today announced that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will seek early input into the development of its upcoming Multi-Year Road Program for Highway Improvements for Fiscal Years 2013-2018 through informational and feedback sessions to be held in communities throughout the state.

July 19, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, construction work on US 20 east of Freeport will begin on Monday, July 25, 2011.

July 12, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Washington Park Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host the 2011 Summer Engineering Academy in Chicago.

July 6, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that, weather permitting, the ramps at Interstate 74 and Interstate 57 will be closed one at a time for ramp patching. Traffic wanting to use the closed ramp will be rerouted either to the Olympian Drive exit (exit 238) or the Curtis Road exit (exit 232) and then will be redirected back to their original route.

July 5, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that, weather permitting, the ramps at Interstate 74 and Interstate 57 will be closed one at a time for ramp patching. Traffic wanting to use the closed ramp will be rerouted either to the Olympian Drive exit (exit 238) or the Curtis Road exit (exit 232) and then will be redirected back to their original route.

July 1, 2011
Governor Pat Quinn announced today the appointment of Ann L. Schneider as acting Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation. Schneider’s appointment follows the retirement of Gary Hannig, who served as Illinois’ Transportation Secretary since 2009 and oversaw the busiest construction season in state history.

JUNE

June 30, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies today are reminding motorists to drive sober or risk arrest this July 4th weekend. Law enforcement also reminded motorists to buckle up before driving or expect a safety belt citation to be issued.

June 30, 2011
With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over the 4th of July holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road work will be suspended where possible for the weekend to reduce potential congestion and improve traffic flow. The advance notice of lane closures for the holiday weekend is designed to aid motorists’ travel plans and improve safety.

June 23, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces a lane closure on IL 29 south of Pekin, near VFW Rd. from approximately 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 28th.

June 23, 2011
Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $100 million capital investment to address local transportation needs and put people to work throughout Illinois. The $100 million in Illinois Jobs Now! funding will be distributed to local officials to repair municipal, township and county infrastructure, and improve public safety.

June 22, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that daytime lane restrictions will be encountered on the eastbound I-270 Chain of Rocks Canal Bridge.  The lane restrictions are needed so that work crews can patch the bridge deck.

June 10, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that weather permitting; the Cisco-Monticello Road (Old IL 47) will be reduced to one lane of traffic for patching beginning on June 13, 2011.

June 3, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that it is once again partnering with Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway in Joliet to encourage fans to sign traffic safety pledges at four racing events this summer, starting with the STP 300 (NASCAR Nationwide Series) race and the Messina Wildlife Animal Stopper 150 presented by Menards (ARCA Racing Series) on Saturday, June 4th.

June 2, 2011
Governor Pat Quinn today announced a partnership between the University of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation and a special advisory group to study the feasibility of 220- mph passenger rail service between Chicago, Urbana-Champaign and beyond. The study will complement the ongoing construction of a regional 110-mph network that will connect Chicago to 40 cities in the Midwest, while supporting Governor Quinn's vision to create jobs, enhance regional mobility and improve the environment by expanding passenger rail in Illinois.

MAY

May 26, 2011
With thousands of motorists expected to travel on state roadways over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road work will be suspended where possible to reduce potential congestion and improve traffic flow. The advance notice of lane closures for the Memorial Day weekend is designed to provide supplemental information to aid motorists’ travel plans and improve roadway safety.

May 24, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police (ISP) today announced their plans to boost enforcement efforts over Memorial Day weekend. Hundreds more safety belt enforcement zones and other patrols are planned over the heavily-traveled holiday weekend. The upcoming Memorial Day weekend also marks the 10 year anniversary of the successful Click It or Ticket program.

May 23, 2011
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Gary Hannig announced the start of a statewide aviation economic impact study to measure the local economic benefits of Illinois’ system of airports. The 18-month study will examine more than 100 airports statewide and will guide IDOT’s Division of Aeronautics and aviation and economic development leaders as they push to enhance the state’s aviation network and create more jobs.

May 19, 2011
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced four Mississippi River Bridge (MRB) construction projects are scheduled for the June 17, 2011 letting. The projects total more than $55 million and are expected to create more than 100 direct construction jobs and support more than 600 additional jobs through expected economic development.

May 13, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and law enforcement officials today announced the start of the 2011 Click It or Ticket mobilization focusing on nighttime law violators across the state. The Illinois State Police (ISP) and nearly 500 local law enforcement agencies are emphasizing nighttime safety belt violations now through Memorial Day weekend.

May 11, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today honored 12 students from across the state whose artwork was selected in the Sixth Annual Illinois Work Zone Safety Calendar Contest for 2010-11. The drawings of the 12 finalists will appear in the 2012 Illinois Work Zone Safety Calendar, which will be distributed at IDOT events across Illinois.

APRIL

April 22, 2011
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today announced the winners of the 2011 Rain Barrel Contest. The selected schools received free rain barrels as their creative ideas were chosen as part of the annual contest, promoting green and sustainable practices while enhancing artistic abilities. The winners were recognized in conjunction with Earth Day.

April 14, 2011
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today announced the 10,000 Oak Tree Giveaway of seedlings to school districts throughout Illinois. Many school districts statewide have received oak tree seedlings, which were donated to the Illinois Department of Transportation by Living Lands and Waters. The announcement was made ahead of the designated Earth Day for 2011 in order to reach more students before spring break.

April 7, 2011
Governor Pat Quinn today unveiled the state’s new $11.5 billion multi-year construction program. The program will create 155,000 jobs and spark economic development throughout the state while improving safety and reducing congestion. Driven by the Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, the statewide multi-year plan for fiscal years 2012 through 2017 will improve 3,248 miles of road and replace or rehabilitate 611 bridges.

April 5, 2011
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig, Secretary of State Jesse White, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, Illinois State Police (ISP), Ford Motor Company Fund and The Allstate Foundation today announced the winning schools from each region under the 2011 Operation Teen Safe Driving Program.

April 4, 2011
As the 2011 highway construction season gets under way, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Tollway, Illinois State Police, Local Laborers Union, Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association and other highway safety partners joined today to announce their participation in National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 4-8.

MARCH

March 30, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA), A Brotherhood Aimed Towards Education (ABATE) and other motorcycle advocates joined forces to kick off a statewide campaign called “Gear Up,” designed to promote continuing rider training and proper gear use.

March 21, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s Office (SOS), Illinois Department on Aging (IDOA) and AARP have joined forces to promote traffic safety and encourage interested seniors to take advantage of the Rules of the Road refresher courses offered by the Illinois Secretary of State and other classes or services made available by AARP and the Illinois Department on Aging.
 

March 10, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police (ISP) are partnering with more than 150 law enforcement agencies this St. Patrick’s Day holiday to remind everyone to act responsibly, buckle up and designate a sober driver before the parties begin.

March 1, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today issued a reminder of the March 7 deadline for schools to submit design proposals advocating water re-use as part of the Rain Barrel Design Competition.

FEBRUARY

February 24, 2011
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today announced that road crews are out searching and repairing potholes on state highways to further improve highway safety.

February 23, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) have recently begun a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to study the impacts of potential additional improvements along the Chicago to St. Louis high-speed rail corridor.

February 15, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) today announced that Illinois experienced fewer than 1,000 traffic fatalities in 2010 for the second straight year – reflecting record two-year lows for the state dating to 1921.  Data from IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety shows Illinois experienced 911 fatalities from motor vehicle crashes in 2009. In 2010, preliminary numbers report 923 fatalities from motor vehicle crashes took place on Illinois roadways.

February 3, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) officials today launched the You Drink & Drive. You Lose campaign and announced their efforts to boost enforcement over Super Bowl weekend.

JANUARY

January 31, 2011
Governor Pat Quinn today announced that state agencies are working together to prepare for a large winter storm expected to hit the Midwest region starting today. Governor Quinn also issued a disaster declaration for the entire state in advance of the heavy snow, ice and blizzard conditions that are expected over the next few days.

January 31, 2011
The Illinois Tollway, Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police, Illinois Secretary of State and AAA Chicago today announced the launch of a new statewide campaign aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of texting while driving and ultimately reducing the number of cell phone-related accidents on Illinois roadways.

January 19, 2011
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that 45 lucky elementary schools will receive free rain barrels as part of a new contest promoting green and sustainable practices. The winners – five schools from each of IDOT’s nine statewide districts – will be recognized during Earth Day celebrations in April.  Flyer

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