Illinois Department of Transportation

Road Work

Road Work Involving Lake Shore Drive, Stevenson Set To Begin

A multimillion dollar reconstruction project of a ramp linking the Stevenson Expressway to Lake Shore Drive is about to make navigating through the area a bit trickier.

06/08/2015

Jane Byrne Interchange. (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Road Program Not Enough To Keep Highways Acceptable

Illinois transportation officials have announced an $8.4 billion, six-year program to improve roads and bridges. But the Illinois Transportation Department warned in an announcement Thursday it won’t be enough to keep the overall condition of the state’s infrastructure from deteriorating.

05/15/2015

The trailer on this semi-truck buckled after hit hit the low bridge over Irving Park Road, east of York Road, in Bensenville on Monday. (Credit: Twitter/@KevinB1981)

Overpass On Irving Park Closed After Truckers Ignore Detour, Crash Into Bridge

A half-mile stretch of Irving Park Road near O’Hare International Airport has been closed to all traffic after truckers repeatedly ignored warnings about a low bridge, and crashed into a railroad overpass.

03/24/2015

Jane Byrne Interchange. (Credit: CBS)

More Lane Closures As Byrne Interchange Reconstruction Ramps Up

All the long-term traffic restrictions for the next phase of a $475 million reconstruction project have gone into effect, as crews begin 16 months of work on a new flyover connecting the northbound Dan Ryan Expressway to the westbound Eisenhower Expressway.

03/13/2015

The Jane Byrne Interchange (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

Byrne Interchange Overhaul To Create New Headaches For Drivers

Motorists who drive along the Jane Byrne Interchange might want to find a new way to get where they’re going starting next week, thanks to a project that will increase traffic for more than a year.

03/05/2015

The Jane Byrne Interchange (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

Major Work On 16-Month Jane Byrne Interchange Project To Start March 7

Drivers approaching the Jane Byrne Interchange — now one of the nation’s worst bottlenecks — will face a spaghetti bowl of detours and reduced lanes for more than a year after construction begins March 7 on a flyover bridge.

02/24/2015

Rich Brauer (Credit: Illinois General Assembly)

Rep. Brauer Leaves Illinois House To Join IDOT

A central Illinois lawmaker has resigned from the General Assembly to take a job in Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration. Republican state Rep. Rich Brauer of Petersburg will join the Illinois Department of Transportation.

02/20/2015

An Illinois Department of Transportation truck blocks a lane of traffic on the Bishop Ford Freeway after spotting two dogs wandering on the shoulder near 115th Street. (Credit: CBS)

Owner Rescues Two Dogs Wandering Along Bishop Ford Freeway

The Akita dogs were spotted along the shoulder of the Bishop Ford near 115th Street around 6 a.m. Illinois State Police said a woman and her daughter had been searching for the dogs all night, and when they learned the dogs were on the Bishop Ford, the daughter drove to get them.

02/05/2015

Expressway Traffic

Illinois Traffic Deaths Reached Lowest Total In Decades In 2014

As much as most Illinois residents hated last winter’s snowy, frigid weather, state transportation officials said there was a silver lining. Last year saw the fewest traffic deaths on Illinois roads in nearly a century.

01/14/2015

Graffiti sprayed on a sign on the Kennedy Expressway obscured the word "Indiana," prompting state road crews to block two lanes during the morning rush to remove the spray paint. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

IDOT Crews Block Kennedy Traffic To Remove Graffiti From Sign

State officials on Friday tried to deflect blame for a major traffic jam on the inbound Kennedy Expressway, while apologizing to commuters for any inconvenience when two lanes were shut down to clean graffiti from a highway sign at Division Street.

12/05/2014

An Illinois Department of Transportation snow plow sits idle in a state garage ahead of the winter season. (Credit: CBS)

Officials: State Road Crews Ready For Winter Weather

David James, a private meteorologist who provides forecasts for IDOT, said he doesn’t expect this winter’s snowfall to be as bad as last winter.

11/17/2014

Court Generic

Federal Judge Orders Hiring Monitor For IDOT

Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier told attorneys Wednesday that the monitor would help compliance of a decades-old political hiring ban.

10/22/2014

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Stevenson Bridge Repairs To Resume

The bridge deck repairs on the Stevenson Expressway 1-55 (Stevenson Expressway) from I-90/94 (Dan Ryan Expressway) to US 41 (Lake Shore Drive) will resume Monday, July 21 through next week Monday, July 28.

07/21/2014

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Quinn Touts Expansion Of Job Training Program

The Quinn administration has expanded a job training program that helps people get jobs in the construction industry, on the heels of news the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.1 percent in June, its lowest level in nearly six years.

07/18/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn declared a statewide disaster area on Monday, due to the extreme cold, and heavy snow still clogging many roadways. (Credit: CBS)

Quinn Halts IDOT Political Hiring

The Chicago Democrat’s actions, which also included ordering an outside audit of past IDOT hires, come amid questions about whether state jobs were improperly filled based on clout rather than qualifications.

07/04/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn Replaces IDOT Chief Who Resigned Amid Controversy

Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced Monday that Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs Director Erica Borggren has been appointed to the post held by Ann Schneider since 2011.

07/01/2014

Proposed map of the Illiana Expressway, a tollway which would connect I-65 in Indiana to I-55 in Illinois. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

Illiana Expressway Agreement Would Mandate $250M From Illinois

The public-private development would fund the proposed Illiana toll road, a 47-mile east-west road connecting Interstate 55 near Wilmington, Ill., and Interstate 65 near Lowell, Ind.

05/07/2014

Gov. Pat Quinn (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Quinn’s Lawyer Acknowledges Inspector Probe Of Hiring

The topic came up at a status hearing in a civil case in front of the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Attorney Michael Shakman asked in a motion last week for an investigation into Quinn’s hiring practices.

04/29/2014

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner gives the thumbs-up after casting his ballot in the Illinois primary election on March 18, 2014 in Winnetka.  (Credit: Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Rauner Pounces On IDOT Patronage Hiring Allegations To Attack Quinn

Questions about alleged patronage hiring violations at the Illinois Department of Transportation have become a flashpoint in the race for governor.

04/25/2014

Proposed map of the Illiana Expressway, a tollway which would connect I-65 in Indiana to I-55 in Illinois. (Credit: Illinois Department of Transportation)

Environmental Groups Sue To Stop Illiana Tollway

Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn’t have authority to develop it.

04/18/2014

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