2016 News Releases

December 2016

A New Year’s Resolution to Drive Sober, Buckle Up

December 28, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – As 2016 comes to an end, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and nearly 200 law enforcement agencies across the state are making a final push to keep traffic fatalities down during the New Year’s holiday weekend. This collaborative effort will include statewide roadside safety checks, seat belt enforcement zones and other patrols focused on the late-night hours.
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Check Your List Twice: Drive Sober and Buckle Up

December 20, 2016

CHICAGO –The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and local police throughout the state are teaming up to make sure driving sober and buckling up are a holiday tradition. As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, nearly 200 law enforcement agencies will be out in force across Illinois in an end-of-year push to drive down fatalities.
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Freezing Rain, Snow, Bitter Cold to Impact Travel in Illinois

December 17, 2016

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is advising the public that a combination of freezing rain, snow, high winds and extreme cold is expected to significantly impact travel this evening and during the overnight hours. Icy conditions and low visibility could make driving treacherous.
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Drones to Offer New View on Transportation

December 13, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has begun testing drone technology to potentially help improve the safety of workers and the public, reduce costs and introduce new strategies on everything from bridge inspections to determining the appropriate responses to emergency incidents.
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Know Before You Go with IDOT'S Winter Road Conditions Map

December 9, 2016

SPRINGFIELD - With more snow in the forecast this weekend and the official start of winter coming soon, the Illinois Department of Transportation reminds you to visit www.gettingaroundillinois.com for updated Illinois road conditions before heading out.
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November 2016

‘Tis the Season: Winter Weather – Get it Together

November 29, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – As snow and ice season looms over Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Illinois Tollway are teaming up to remind motorists to be prepared and remember: “Winter Weather – Get it Together.” By taking steps to prepare for wintry driving conditions, the motoring public can do their part to make this a safe and successful winter driving season.
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Make Buckling Up a Thanksgiving Tradition

November 22, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches and thousands of motorists take to the roads, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is reminding the public to travel safely as new statewide survey results show a slight decrease in seat-belt usage this year. Through Sunday, IDOT will be partnering with law enforcement throughout Illinois to increase patrols and promote safety as part of the national “Click It or Ticket” and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaigns.
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Oh, Deer: Potential Encounters to Rise in Coming Weeks

November 3, 2016

SPRINGFIELD - Fall is here and the time of year when motorists need to be especially vigilant watching for deer on roads throughout the state, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The reason: Autumn coincides with the mating season and increased deer movement, especially at dusk and dawn.
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October 2016

Dwight Passenger Rail Station Complete

October 27, 2016

DWIGHT – Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn was joined today by Amtrak and village officials to announce the completion of the new passenger rail station in downtown Dwight, the first of several station improvements overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) as part of the high-speed rail project. The new station will open with Amtrak service beginning on Friday, Oct. 28.
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IDOT Announces Completion of I-74 Project in Morton

October 27, 2016

PEORIA – Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn was joined today by Morton Mayor Ron Rainson to announce the completion of a widening and reconstruction project on Interstate 74 in Morton and Tazewell County.
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Don’t be a Ghoul, Don’t Drink and Drive

October 26, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) joined the Illinois State Police (ISP) and local police agencies today to warn motorists against becoming an impaired driving monster this Halloween. If you are planning to be out celebrating this Halloween, the message is simple: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
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Effingham I-57/70 Expansion and Safety Upgrades Complete

October 18, 2016

EFFINGHAM-Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn was joined today by Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker and local officials to announce the completion of the Interstate 57/70 expansion in Effingham. The project started in 2010 and improved safety and traffic flow through Effingham, while rebuilding a key section of one the state's major freight corridors.
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IDOT to Host Webinars on the Multi-Year Program

October 14, 2016

SPRINGFIELD-The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is seeking input on the development of the upcoming Multi-Year Program (MYP) for fiscal years 2017-2022. The MYP is a six-year plan that details how IDOT will prioritize the state's highway and bridge transportation assets. This year's proposed MYP includes more than $11 billion in projects, with more than $2 billion in projected spending to take place in fiscal year 2017.
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Local Projects Receive $30.7 Million Boost, Enhancing Quality of Life in Illinois Communities

October 12, 2016

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced a $30.7 million investment to expand travel options and enhance the quality of life in communities throughout the state. The 33 projects approved through IDOT's Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) include biking and walking paths, trails, streetscape beautification work and other projects designed to encourage safe travel across the various modes of transportation at the local level.
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Public Meetings for New Disparity Study

October 11, 2016

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is embarking on a study to update the goals for the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program and review current programs and policies regarding participation of minority-and woman-owned businesses on state contracts
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September 2016

Schools Encouraged to Participate in International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5

September 27, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is encouraging schools throughout the state to participate in the 20th Annual International Walk to School Day on Oct. 5. Launched in 2000, International Walk to School Day is an opportunity for schools to promote walking to and from school, while also encouraging children to improve their own health in ways that benefit the environment.
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IDOT Hiring in Preparation of Winter Weather

September 23, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation is in the process of hiring temporary help to assist with snow-and-ice removal throughout Illinois this winter. These seasonal employees will be hired on a full-time and an on-call basis.
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Lanes Reopened for Labor Day Holiday Weekend

September 2, 2016

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that lanes will be reopened, where possible, throughout the state for the Labor Day weekend in an effort to expedite travel during the holiday period.
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Impaired and Unbuckled Drivers Target of New IDOT Safety Campaign

September 2, 2016

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation recently announced a new media campaign to remind Illinois drivers that they are not Invinceable when getting behind the wheel. The Invinceable campaign, with radio and TV safety airing through the Labor Day holiday period as well as on digital platforms, humorously plays on cop shows of the 1970s and '80s to drive home the message that driving impaired and failing to wear a seatbelt are not laughing matters.
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August 2016

Don’t Spend Labor Day Weekend in Jail

August 31, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), the Illinois State Police (ISP) and nearly 200 local Illinois law enforcement agencies are urging motorists to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” this Labor Day weekend. Police will be out in force in an effort to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries during the heavily-traveled holiday. They will be conducting roadside safety checks, impaired-driving patrols and seat-belt enforcement zones.
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Lifesaving Lessons on Child Passenger Safety at Illinois State Fair

August 16, 2016

SPRINGFILED - Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn joined Springfield police at the Illinois State Fair today to remind the public of the importance of properly securing children in vehicles. As a public service and to help save lives and prevent serious injures, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will have technicians at the fair to provide instructions on how to install child safety seats.
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Request for Information Issued for Interstate 55 Managed Lanes Project

August 11, 2016

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today it has issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) to assist in developing a plan to leverage private investment to build the Interstate 55 Managed Lanes Project. By continuing to pursue the project as a public-private partnership (P3), IDOT is committed to exploring innovative financing solutions to invest in the state’s infrastructure, create jobs and grow the economy.
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July 2016


Extreme Heat Could Lead to Pavement Failures

July 20, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is urging motorists to be on the alert for the possibility of pavement buckling on roads throughout the state in the next few days due to the recent rainfall and extreme heat in the forecast.
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Stay Informed Through "IDOT in Motion"

July 19, 2016

SPRINGFIELD - With construction season in full swing this summer, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) encourages you to sign up for the "IDOT in Motion" email subscription service to stay informed about projects in your area.
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Lane Openings for July 4 Holiday Weekend Travel

July 1, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today some lanes will be open for holiday weekend travel and all road work following the holiday travel period will resume as scheduled on Tuesday, July 5.
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June 2016


State Construction Program Continues as Planned

June 30, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) applauds passage of the stopgap measure and will proceed as scheduled with its road and bridge construction program. Workers on IDOT projects will be permitted to be on the job as usual on Friday, July 1, though some work will be suspended due to the need to remove some lane restrictions to accommodate heavier traffic volumes over the holiday weekend.
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May 2016


New IDOT Multiyear Plan Outlook Improves, Long-Term Need for Infrastructure Remains

May 26, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation today released a $11.2 billion plan to improve Illinois roads and bridges over the next six years, a $2.8 billion increase fueled by a boost in federal funding and a commitment to direct more resources at construction.
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Roadwork Suspended for Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2016

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, from 3 p.m., Friday, May 27, until 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, May 31. Lanes will be opened in many areas, to improve traffic flow during the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend.
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Traveling for Memorial Day? Time to Buckle Up

May 25, 2016

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of local law enforcement agencies throughout the state are vowing to crack down on seat belt law violators and impaired drivers this Memorial Day weeekend. An increased number of patrols will be out in force 24/7, with a focus on late-night hours when unbuckled and impaired driving fatalities are at their highest.
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Illinois Airports Recognized by IDOT as “Airport of the Year” for Outstanding Service

May 10, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn congratulated the 2016 Airport of the Year award recipients for their accomplishments and their partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) to provide outstanding service to their customers.
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Gov. Rauner Urges Illinois to “Start Seeing Motorcycles”

May 3, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – Kick-starting the riding season, Gov. Bruce Rauner joined fellow motorcycle enthusiasts and safety advocates today to launch the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) latest “Start Seeing Motorcycles” campaign. To call attention to the need for all roadway users to be especially vigilant these next few months, Gov. Rauner has proclaimed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois for the 33rd consecutive year.
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Illinois Awarded Federal Funds to Help Crack Down on Drug-Impaired Drivers

May 2, 2016

SPRINGFIELD-The Governor’s Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility has awarded the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) a special grant to conduct ten Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) classes statewide. Illinois is one of only four states, along with Texas, Florida and Nevada, to receive such funding.
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April 2016

IDOT Helps Local Schools Honor Earth Day

April 21, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is teaming up with the environmental organization Living Lands and Waters to distribute thousands of tree seedlings to schools throughout Illinois in observance of Earth Day on Friday. The trees were donated to IDOT as part of the Living Lands and Waters Million Trees Project.
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Motorcycle Season Shifts to Top Gear, Riders Urged to Take Steps to Ensure Safe Travel

April 18, 2016

SPRINGFIELD-With spring cruising in and motorcycle season shifting into top gear, Illinois riders are eager to enjoy warm weather on the open road again. Before taking the first ride of the season, Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police remind motorcyclists to take necessary steps to ensure their safety and "Gear Up - Ride Smart."
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Construction Season Arrives, Avoid Distractions and “Don’t Be That Driver” in Work Zones

April 12, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and the Illinois Tollway were joined by their industry partners today to kick off National Work Zone Awareness Week and to make a request to motorists: “Don’t Be That Driver.” To signal the start of construction season and call attention to this important issue, Gov. Bruce Rauner has proclaimed April 11-15 as “Work Zone Safety Week” in Illinois.
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March 2016

Don’t Push Your Luck on St. Patrick’s Day

March 10, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police and more than 150 local law enforcement agencies throughout the state remind motorists to avoid pressing their luck, celebrate responsibly and never get behind the wheel after drinking.
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February 2016

Snow and Strong Winds Impacting Travel Today

February 24, 2016

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that snow and high winds are causing roads to be slick in many areas of Illinois today, with conditions expected to deteriorate elsewhere as a winter storm moves across the state. Motorists can expect longer travel times and should consider if their trip is necessary before leaving.
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IDOT Celebrates Black History Month

February 12, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – To celebrate Black History Month, the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Office of Business and Workforce Diversity will be hosting a minority vendor fair and a soul food buffet. Both events will be at IDOT’s Harry Hanley Building, 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, in Springfield.
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IDOT, Amtrak Reach Agreement on Train Service

February 5, 2016

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Amtrak announced today that they have reached an agreement to keep in place existing service levels on state-supported routes at a savings to taxpayers and without having to raise fares on the downstate Illinois routes.
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IDOT, ISP: Make a Super Bowl Game Plan

February 4, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – Millions of people will gather this Sunday to watch the Super Bowl. Many will celebrate with alcohol. As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and police and sheriff’s departments throughout Illinois strongly urge fans to come up with a game plan now: drinking or driving, but not both.
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January 2016

Illinois Winter Road Conditions in One Click

January 5, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation reminds motorists to bookmark gettingaroundillinois.com on their computers and smartphones for quick access to the latest winter road conditions. The Getting Around Illinois map is updated 24/7 during winter weather, providing motorists with the latest information on what to expect before heading out on the roads.
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