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April 2017

IDOT Celebrates Earth Day by Distributing Trees to Schools

April 21, 2017

SPRINGFIELD — In observance of Earth Day, the Illinois Department of Transportation distributed almost 5,000 oak seedlings to schools throughout the state in cooperation with Living Lands & Waters. The trees were provided free of charge to IDOT as part of Living Lands & Waters Million Trees Project.

Earth Day Honor: IDOT Recognizes Longtime Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers

April 20, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – In recognition of Earth Day this weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation is honoring the Adopt-A-Highway groups that have been keeping Illinois roadways clean since the program started more than 20 years. The milestone was marked by a ceremonial tree-planting at IDOT's headquarters to recognize the longtime volunteers and highlight the agency’s commitment to green and sustainable practices.

New Siemens Charger Locomotives Begin Testing

April 19, 2017

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today that new Siemens SC-44 Charger locomotives have begun testing in Illinois. The testing is expected to last through Sunday, April 23, with the locomotives expected to go into full-time service later this spring.

New, Improved "Getting Around Illinois" Website

April 12, 2017

SPRINGFIELD-The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has introduced a redesigned that provides continually updated information in a mobile-friendly format that's more convenient for the motoring public in Illinois.

Gear Up - Ride Smart

April 7, 2017

SPRINGFIELD — With spring cruising in and motorcycle season shifting into top gear, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police remind motorcyclists to “Gear Up–Ride Smart” to ensure their safety before taking the first ride of the season. The annual campaign urges riders to take precautionary measures before getting back on their bikes by conducting pre-ride safety inspections of their equipment and refreshing their skills with a motorcycle training class offered by IDOT.

Construction Season Begins, Caution Needed Behind the Wheel

April 4, 2017

SPRINGFIELD-The Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and the Illinois Tollway were joined by industry partners and frontline construction workers today to remind the public that construction season has arrived and extra caution will be required in work zones. In support of the effort, Gov. Bruce Rauner has proclaimed April 3-7 as "Work Zone Safety Week" in Illinois.

March 2017

Today's Challenge, Tomorrow's Reward Conference Offers Opportunity to Grow Illinois Businesses

March 24, 2017

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation conference Today's Challenge, Tomorrow's Reward will take place March 27 and 28 at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, providing minority-and female-owned firms excellent opportunities to build partnerships and learn invaluable information to help grow their business.

Luck Won’t Get You Home Safely on St. Patrick’s Day

March 10, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminds you to plan before you party this St. Patrick’s Day. If you’ll be drinking alcohol to celebrate the holiday, don’t drive. Designate a driver, call a cab or ride-sharing company or take public transit. Don’t make a mistake that could cost you all of your green.

February 2017

IDOT Seeks Additional Input for Long Range Transportation Plan

February 8, 2017

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking for additional input from the public in developing its Long Range Transportation Plan. The plan will identify policies to provide Illinois residents and businesses with innovative, sustainable and multimodal transportation solutions that support local goals and grow the economy.

Call the Right Play for the Super Bowl

February 1, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Football fans across the country will celebrate America’s most watched national sporting event this Sunday. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) reminds you there is only one right play – pass your keys to a sober driver if you plan on drinking alcohol as part of your Super Bowl celebration.

January 2017

IDOT Celebrates African-American History Month

January 31, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – Diversity in a Rapidly Changing World: From Slavery to Freedom (Tracing our Past, Facing our Present, Embracing our Future) is the theme for a month of celebrations being hosted at the Illinois Department of Transportation during African-American History Month. The events are free to the public and will be held at IDOT’s Harry Hanley Building, 2300 S. Dirksen Parkway, in Springfield.

IDOT Announces State Funding for Chicago Bridge Inspections

January 30, 2017

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today $800,000 in state funds will be used to help the City of Chicago conduct bridge inspections throughout the city. The awarding of the funds, which will be matched by $3.2 million in federal funding, further demonstrates IDOT’s commitment to safety by assisting the city in meeting federal requirements for the timely inspections of bridges.

Public Hearings for Eisenhower Improvement Project

January 23, 2017

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will host two public meetings to solicit feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for proposed improvements to the Eisenhower Expressway (Interstate 290).

I-55 Managed Lane Project in Hands of General Assembly; Millions in Private Investment, Jobs, Congestion at Stake

January 19, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Transportation announced today the refiling of the joint resolution to advance the I-55 Managed Lane project as a possible public-private partnership (P3) that would invest hundreds of millions of dollars in Illinois infrastructure at minimal cost to taxpayers, create thousands of jobs and reduce congestion in one of the state’s critical travel corridors. In order to keep the project on track and the procurement process alive, the resolution must be passed by the General Assembly in the next few weeks.

Freezing Rain Could Make Roads Slick This Weekend

January 12, 2017

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is alerting motorists that travel may be impacted by freezing rain and sleet today through Sunday.

A Year of Progress at IDOT in 2016

January 4, 2017

CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Transportation, under the leadership of Governor Bruce Rauner and Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, continued to strengthen the state's status as the transportation hub of North America in 2016. The progress touched every mode of transportation and included new, innovative approaches to spur continued investment in infrastructure that will make the state a more attractive place to work, raise a family and do business in 2017 and beyond.