Illinois Department of Transportation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Magistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier told attorneys Wednesday that the monitor would help compliance of a decades-old political hiring ban.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Questions about alleged patronage hiring violations at the Illinois Department of Transportation have become a flashpoint in the race for governor.
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.
The Illiana Corridor would stretch from Interstate 55 to Indiana’s Interstate 65, linking Will County and Indiana’s Lake County.