Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is IDOT making this change?
Transitioning to asset management is a federal requirement, but it’s also simply the right thing to do. This is the more fiscally responsible decision for our state’s transportation system. IDOT’s TAMP will raise the bar for the condition of state highways and bridges while saving the state—and taxpayers—money in the long run.
Just as we spend money on things like oil changes and fresh paint to maintain our vehicles and homes to avoid more costly repairs later, asset management prioritizes the maintenance of roads and bridges to ensure a longer lifespan.
Making proactive and strategic investments in our infrastructure extends the life of our assets—our highways, transit systems, airports, waterways and bicycle/pedestrian facilities.
Q: What does this mean for IDOT’s industry partners?
Among the most notable changes will be in the types of projects IDOT is letting, including a growing number of preservation projects.
Q: What changes will members of the public notice?
In keeping with the new emphasis on maintaining assets in a state of acceptable condition, IDOT will be performing upkeep on roads in better condition while allowing roads in worse shape to remain serviceable but in poor condition until funding is available to improve them.
Q: Will this approach lead to unsafe roads?
No, this does not mean IDOT will let bad roads become unsafe. IDOT will continue to keep roads that are in poor condition serviceable and safe for the traveling public.
If you have any additional questions submit them to: DOT.OPP.AssetManagement@illinois.gov