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New IDOT and U of I drive to increase electric vehicle use in Illinois

As the U.S. Climate Alliance aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 50% by 2030, IDOT and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Illinois Center for Transportation are working to increase the use of electric vehicles.

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New Rebuild Illinois continues with new $34.6 billion Multi-Year Program

Roads, bridges, transit, rail, airports and ports throughout Illinois will receive $34.6 billion in improvements over the next six years in the latest Multi-Year Program.

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New Rebuild Illinois investment supercharges MetroLINK in the Quad Cities

An $18.5 million investment by IDOT via Rebuild Illinois has allowed the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK) to usher in a cleaner, more efficient way for riders to move around the Quad Cities.

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E-scooters to boost equitable, sustainable transportation in Chicago

The Illinois Center for Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation examine how services like shared e-bikes and scooters in Chicago can provide more sustainable transit solutions.

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IDOT construction technician’s quick thinking helps save a distressed traveler

IDOT Construction Technician Steven Miller and Massac County Sheriff’s Deputy Summer Dixon were in the right place to save a distressed traveler’s life in Southern Illinois in May.

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Not a Game: New safety campaign highlights real consequences of unsafe driving

Respawns and extra lives can help you win video games, but IDOT’s new safety campaign reminds drivers they only have one life.

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Arch assembly begins on the Illinois River for the new McClugage Bridge

As the piers for the new eastbound McClugage Bridge continue to rise from the Illinois River in Peoria, the next phase of construction will be just as exciting.

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Employee spotlight: Region 5 Engineer Kirk H. Brown

Kirk H. Brown has stepped into a new role in a familiar place as the new regional engineer for Districts 8 and 9 in the southern part of the state.

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Mixing up long-lasting, sustainable concrete pavements

A joint effort by IDOT and the Illinois Center for Transportation is looking to coal fly ash to help make concrete pavements last longer.

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State bike maps blaze a new trail

Looking to cycle beyond cell-tower range? Want to plan a bike trip with friends at the table over brunch? We’ve got a map for that.

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IDOT helps a memorial shine again

A collaboration by IDOT and The Garden Clubs of Illinois has helped a northern Illinois roadside memorial honoring soldiers shine brighter for years to come.

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Employee Spotlight: Jonathan J. McGee, Director of Office of Business and Workforce Diversity

As IDOT’s new director of the Office of Business and Workforce Diversity, Jonathan J. McGee has some big plans in helping to remove structural and systemic barriers that limit or obstruct federal and state contracting or workforce opportunities.

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IDOT employee retires after a 34-year military career, continues his day job

While Ivan Ortiz is still going strong in his day job at IDOT, he has retired from the military with 34 years of service.

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Bird houses erected near Litchfield as part of “Give Birds the Right of Way” program

An initiative to install bird houses is expanding throughout the state to not only provide a resting spot for bluebirds, but also attract other native bird species. Four houses were installed at the Coalfield Rest Areas on Interstate 55 near Litchfield in Montgomery County.

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IDOT website now features Google Translate

Information on IDOT’s website is now available in more than 109 different languages using Google Translate.

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Setting the bar for longer-lasting bridges

IDOT and The Illinois Center for Transportation are collaborating to build stronger bridges thanks to funds under President Joe Biden’s $27 billion Bridge Formula Program.

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Employee Spotlight: Karen Dvorsky, District 4 Program Development Engineer

Engineering is in Karen Dvorsky’s blood. Her dad, four of six siblings, husband, and two of three children are all engineers. As District 4’s Program Development Engineer, Dvorsky leads her staff in accomplishing the district’s annual and multi-year programs.

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Employee Spotlight Craig Johnson: District 8 Bridge Mechanic

Whether it’s above the Illinois River or “Under the Sea”, District 8 Bridge Mechanic Craig Johnson keeps the show running on the road as well as on stage.

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State Capitol encounter becomes the 2022 Illinois Highway Map cover photo

The Illinois State Capitol returns to the state highway map for the first time in 54 years! All thanks to an eye-catching photo from Andrew Bolinger. Learn more about him and how he got this shot.

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Chicago to Carbondale: Rebuilding I-57

IDOT is making a major investment in Interstate 57 this construction season, as more than a third of the 94 miles of roads and bridges from Chicago’s South Side to the Iroquois-Ford County line will be improved. That’s in addition to several improvements underway along the corridor in central and southern Illinois

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Horseshoe Mound project flourishing with the help of District

A drive along U.S. 20 near Galena will be more scenic thanks to a partnership between IDOT and the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation that will update the Horseshoe Mound Preserve..

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Travel smart: IDOT and U of I help develop guidelines for smart work zones

IDOT and University of Illinois researchers are creating guidelines to determine where smart work zone systems need to be implemented on Illinois highways to avoid potential problems.

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IDOT announces 2021 engineer, engineering technician of the year

IDOT honored its Engineer and Engineering Technician of the Year during the annual Transportation and Highway Engineering Conference on March 2. The awards recognize engineers and engineering technicians for outstanding work demonstrating skill, statewide impact or innovative solutions.

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Cameras upping snow removal efforts in District 5

A pilot program in central Illinois is helping IDOT stay on top of route conditions during winter weather events.

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Employee Spotlight Ken Crawford, District 5 Project Implementation Engineer

Ken Crawford has taken on a variety of roles throughout his 22-plus years at IDOT. In his current role as District 5 Project Implementation Engineer, he shares his thoughts about the job and the evolution of his career

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Employee Spotlight Jason Osborn, Director, Office of Intermodal Project Implementation

In his role at IDOT, Jason Osborn, director of the Office of Intermodal Project Implementation, manages the flow of needed funds that support aviation, transit, passenger rail and railroad planning throughout the state.

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Building Blocks of Success: IDOT hosts DBE workshops in March

The Office of Business and Workforce Diversity will host free virtual workshops in March as part of Building Blocks of Success, a continuing series of free virtual workshops for firms interested in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program and strengthening their skills.

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Morton team remedies eight years of flooding on Illinois 116 in East Peoria

It took the Morton team 8 days to solve an 8-year flooding issue along Illinois 116 in East Peoria. Read more (link) about how they kept the project on time and under budget.

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Engineers Week 2022

IDOT is highlighting eight engineers, including Secretary Omer Osman, who give insights on their career in this field.

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Second round of grants announced for ports and transit systems throughout Illinois

Gov. JB Pritzker and IDOT announced over $200 million in grants have been awarded across Illinois to local transit providers and public ports. Of that, $111.4 million has been awarded to downstate providers as part of the historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program. With an additional $108.3 million awarded for public ports across Illinois.

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Students job shadow bridge project in Banner

What’s piling? Ask students from Canton High School’s building trades class. They got an close-up lesson on the topic last fall when visiting an IDOT work site to replace an outdated bridge on U.S. 24/Illinois 9 over Copperas Creek outside of Banner.

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New permit route guidance app provides audible turn-by-turn navigation

A new route guidance app for routine oversize and overweight permits is now available. The app features audible turn-by-turn technology, which will enable truck drivers to hear directions while keeping their attention on the road.

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Building Blocks of Success: IDOT hosts DBE workshops in February

The Office of Business and Workforce Diversity will host free virtual workshops in February as part of Building Blocks of Success, a continuing series of free virtual workshops for firms interested in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program and strengthening their skills.

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Accelerating Growth with DBE Certification: Taylor Electric Company, Chicago

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program provides minorities, women and other eligible small businesses an opportunity to participate in highway, transit and airport contracts. Certified through this program, Chicago-based Taylor Electric Company has built a reputation for excellence working with state agencies and local clients such as Guaranteed Rate Field and Soldier Field.

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IDOT in 2021: Rebuild Illinois continues with completed projects, launch of new major projects and initiatives

The Illinois Department of Transportation, under the leadership of Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman, continued to make transformational investments in infrastructure, people and communities through the Rebuild Illinois capital program, with major projects delivered or coming to life across the state in 2021.

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The Bob Michel Bridge project advances in Peoria

District 4 held a public meeting on Dec. 9 where close to 50 local citizens attended to learn more about the preferred alternative for the Bob Michel Bridge deck rehab project in Peoria.

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Pam Simon, champion of diversity retiring

When Pam Simon started working on job sites early in her career, it wasn’t unusual for people to ask her what business she had being there as a Black woman. Since then, she’s made it her mission to see that everyone from all backgrounds feels welcome working and participating on our projects.

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Springfield historic sites get upgrades to parking, walkways

Upgrades are in progress for two of Springfield’s most beloved historic landmarks: the Lincoln Tomb and the Dana-Thomas House. Learn more about what’s planned to improve visitor access

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POW-MIA signs replaced throughout the state

Signs honoring POW-MIA service members from the Vietnam War were becoming worn and outdated. A cooperative effort between IDOT and veterans associations will ensure these signs are replaced.

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World War II vet brightens roadside with assist from Region 5

If you happen to drive along Illinois 4 north of Mascoutah next spring when the flowers are starting to bloom, you can thank 95-year-old World War II Navy veteran and retired teacher Joseph Cunningham for the floral array.

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Updated Getting Around Illinois website highlight IDOT’s winter driving safety efforts

An updated Getting Around Illinois website, two new snowplows and an ample supply of salt are some of IDOT’s preparations for the upcoming snow-and-ice season. Learn more about the department’s plans and how you can stay safe on the roads this winter.

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Employee Spotlight: Brittany Gavin, Roadside Management Specialist

If you admire the roadsides in western Illinois, Roadside Management Specialist Brittany Gavin has a role in keeping them maintained and looking great. Learn more about the knowledge, passion and enthusiasm she brings to her job,

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Recycling pavement for a sustainable future

Motorists in Illinois can expect a better ride quality on the roads they rely on, as well as fewer disruptions from maintenance and repair activities thanks to a joint effort with the Illinois Center for Transportation.

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Illinois Take A Shine to Solar Energy

As one of the state’s largest landowners, IDOT is preparing for a greener future by doing its part to make Illinois a leader in renewable energy. Learn more about which of our facilities could see solar panels installed in the future.

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IDOT, IDNR celebrate Kickapoo Rail Trail improvements

The former CSX railroad’s transition into the Kickapoo Rail Trail between Champaign and Danville added a new segment with the repurposing of a 1,300-foot-long, nearly 100-foot-tall bridge over the Middle Fork Vermilion River. The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Natural Resources joined local organizations to celebrate the accomplishment.

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$1.2 billion, six-year Corridor Improvement Project announced for I-80 in Will County

Interstate 80 in Will County will receive $1.2 billion in improvements over the next six years as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program. The project will replace infrastructure more than 50 years old, including the Des Plaines River bridges.

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Employee Spotlight: Jon Schumacher, District 1 Bureau Chief of Construction

Learn more about how IDOT’s Bureau Chief of Construction in District 1 and his role in coordinating several current and future projects in the Chicago area that impact thousands of daily motorists.

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Highway maintainer saves driver from overturned semi

Alan Ingle tends to be at the right place at the right time working as a District 7 highway maintainer. His quick thinking and vast experience saved a driver’s life after her semi overturned on Interstate 70 in southern Illinois.

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Employee Spotlight: Jason Salley

What do LEGOs, Lincoln Logs and Capsela have in common with roundabouts and diverging diamond interchanges? For Jason Salley, the latter helped him understand his role as District 1 Geometric Studies Unit head.

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New test track to aid pavement assessment and research

A new 1-mile test track under construction in Clinton County will help IDOT learn more about the pavement conditions of the roads motorists rely on.

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Collaboration creates Litchfield Route 66 prairie

Illinois’ section of Route 66 offers many tourist attractions. A new stop along the “Mother Road” allows visitors to see a vast prairie filled with pollinators.

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IDOT employees honored for saving woman

District 7 Highway Maintainers James McWhirter and Brian Campbell were not expecting to be heroes when checking on roads on a frigid January morning. Yet they were after saving an elderly woman with dementia on the verge of freezing to death.

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Letting 101: A guided tour through IDOT's bid letting process

The letting process is a critical step to bring hundreds of transportation infrastructure projects throughout Illinois from planning to shovels in ground. Over the course of the year, the Illinois Department of Transportation has seven regularly scheduled lettings. Thanks to Gov. JB Pritzker and his historic Rebuild Illinois capital program, the number of projects happening in Illinois has significantly increased. Click here to learn about our bid letting process.

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New signs direct motorists to alternative fueling sites

The blue signs seen along Illinois interstates will show more than places to eat, sleep and get gas. New signs are going up this summer to show motorists relying on EV, CNG and LPG where to refuel so they can reach their destination.

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Employee Spotlight Bill Viste, Project Coordinator, Division of Aeronautics

Watching the planes fly in and out of Chicago’s Midway Airport was the beginning of Bill Viste’s pursuit of an aviation career. Since then it has taken flight at IDOT to help the agency gain a higher-level perspective for its many construction projects and initiatives.

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Secretary Omer Osman
Meet the Secretary: Omer Osman Reflects on IDOT Journey

Being confirmed as the 13th person to lead the Illinois Department of Transportation is the latest chapter in Secretary Omer Osman’s remarkable life and career. Learn more about his thoughts and plans for IDOT.

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Employee Spotlight: George Tapas, Engineer of Local Roads

Learn more about how IDOT’s Engineer of Local Roads and Streets plans to utilize his vast transportation experience to assist with the planning, finance, design, construction and maintenance of local transportation systems for Illinois.

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New Multi-Year Program continues Rebuild Illinois’ progress

Learn more about the new Multi-Year Program that continues the promises made by Governor JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.

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Employee Spotlight: Michael Walton, Engineer of Day Labor

Learn more about the person who leads IDOT’s in-house construction company, which performs emergency repairs on roads and bridges across Illinois.

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Employee spotlight: Region 1 Engineer Jose Rios

Learn more about IDOT’s newest regional engineer and the career milestones that brought him to this top position.

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RRFBs: Helping pedestrians cross streets safely

Learn more about Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons and how they increase pedestrian safety by raising awareness for motorists.

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IDOT on the path to extend the Kickapoo Rail Trail

Work includes construction of an 88-foot-tall bridge near Danville.

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Humble Heroes

Humble heroes aren't in it for the fame.

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Look Out Below!

I-290 pump station takes shape.

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Holly Bieneman: Director of Planning and Programming

Holly Bieneman has been appointed director of the Office of Planning and Programming.

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IDOT Delivers During Pandemic

IDOT went the extra mile(s) to deliver during pandemic.

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Bridge Network Upgrade

A historic bridge network in downtown Joliet gets an upgrade.

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IDOT Addresses Equality

A message from Secretary Osman concerning equality.

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Trucker Appreciation Events at Weigh Stations

IDOT is working with groups to show appreciation to truck drivers by providing free food to truckers.

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100 Days of Flooding in June

Illinois hit 100 consecutive days of severe flooding on June 18.


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ETP Hosts Chicago Fire Department for Specialized Training

Emergency Traffic Patrol staff recently hosted a three-day training in conjunction with the Chicago Fire Department.

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Diversity and Recruitment
District 8 Hosts Engineering Academies

With an assist from District 8, Diversity and Recruitment conducted engineering academies July 15 and 16 for 80 ninth- and 10th-grade Math Science Upward Bound students in East St. Louis.

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Rebuild Illinois
Governor Pritzker Signs $45 Billion Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan

Gov. JB Pritzker recently signed a historic, bipartisan bill that gives Illinois its first capital plan in nearly a decade – and the most robust in state history.

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