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April 2018

IDOT, ISP to Motorists: Drop it and Drive

April 23, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – As part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Illinois Department of Transportation is making $500,000 in federal highway safety dollars available to nearly 100 local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to step up distracted driving enforcement through April 30.
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IDOT, ISP Urge Motorcyclists to 'Ride Smart'

April 13, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - The first hint of warm, spring weather is here and motorcycle riders are looking to rev up and hit the open road. To ensure rider safety, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are reminding motorcyclists to "Ride Smart" before rolling out on the first ride of the season.
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March 2018

Employee Contest Yields Innovative Solutions at IDOT

March 26, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation is recognizing 10 finalists for its Operations Innovative Ideas Contest, a new in-house initiative to encourage creative problem solving that results in improved service for the traveling public and potential savings for taxpayers.
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Heavy Snow Forecasted in Parts of Northern Illinois

March 23, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a storm system will move through the state tonight and Saturday, potentially producing heavy accumulations of snow north of Interstate 74. Widespread rain is expected throughout Illinois with snow developing in northern parts of the state late tonight and continuing into the weekend.
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On St. Patrick's Day, a Sober Driver is Your Lucky Charm

March 15, 2018

SPRINGFIELD-With the green beer about to flow and St. Patrick's Day revelers preparing to drown the shamrock this weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state are teaming up to remind motorists to drive sober and plan ahead. If your celebration involves alcohol, designate a sober driver, take public transit or call a cab or ride-sharing service.
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Savanna-Sabula Bridge Demolition Scheduled for Friday

March 8, 2018

SAVANNA - The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that a planned implosion of the main truss of the old U.S. 52-Illinois 64 bridge will take place, weather permitting, the morning of Friday, March 9.
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Today's Challenge, Tomorrow's Reward: Creating Opportunity for Female-and Minority-Owned Businesses

March 7, 2018

SPRINGFIELD: The Illinois Department of Transportation will host Today's Challenge, Tomorrow's Reward on March 19 and 20 at the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield Hotel and Bank of Springfield Center. The two-day conference provides female-and minority-owned businesses with opportunites to make connections and develop skills to increase their competiveness.
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Federal Grant Awarded to Widen I-57 Near Carbondale

March 7, 2018

CARBONDALE – The state of Illinois is receiving a $7.6 million grant to add lanes and help ease the flow of traffic in an often-congested, 5-mile stretch of Interstate 57 between Johnston City and Pond Creek. The Illinois Department of Transportation and U.S. Rep. Mike Bost announced the award today.
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Public Meeting for I-55 at IL 59 Access Project

March 7, 2018

JOLIET - The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), in partnership with the City of Joliet, will host a public meeting April 11 regarding the proposed improvements of Interstate 55 from Interstate 80 to U.S. 52 in Will County.
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February 2018

Communities Invited to Submit Projects for New $225 million IDOT Freight Program

February 16, 2018

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking project proposals for a new competitive grant program that aims to improve the mobility of freight at the local level. Applications are due April 6 for up to $225 million in National Highway Freight Program funds to be distributed through 2022.
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Winter Storm, Treacherous Driving Conditions Across Northern Illinois Tonight and Friday

February 8, 2018

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning the public that a major winter storm with the potential for 12 inches of snow in northern Illinois will create treacherous conditions tonight and Friday. Driving should be avoided, with snow- and ice-covered roads, limited visibility and extremely long travel times anticipated.
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Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk

February 1, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – As America’s football fans gear up for one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, the Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois State Police are taking a timeout to spread an important safety message: Fans don’t let fans drive drunk.
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January 2018

IDOT Celebrates African-American History Month

January 30, 2018

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Transportation will host a month of special events celebrating African-American History Month in February. This year's theme, "Uncovering Our Rich History," will be reflected in activities focused on art, mathematics, politics, engineering and education.

"We are proud to recognize African-American History Month with a full schedule of fun, interesting and informative events," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn. "The public is welcome and encouraged to attend."
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Freezing Rain, Drizzle and Sleet Impacting Travel in Illinois

January 6, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Transportation is advising the public that a combination of freezing rain, drizzle and sleet is expected to impact travel throughout today and during the overnight hours. Icy conditions will make driving treacherous and motorists are advised to make preparations if they plan to be on the road.


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