Illinois Road Program Not Enough To Keep Highways AcceptableIllinois 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.
Overpass On Irving Park Closed After Truckers Ignore Detour, Crash Into BridgeA 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.
More Lane Closures As Byrne Interchange Reconstruction Ramps UpAll 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.
Byrne Interchange Overhaul To Create New Headaches For DriversMotorists 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.
Major Work On 16-Month Jane Byrne Interchange Project To Start March 7Drivers 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.
Rep. Brauer Leaves Illinois House To Join IDOTA 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.
Owner Rescues Two Dogs Wandering Along Bishop Ford FreewayThe 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.
Illinois Traffic Deaths Reached Lowest Total In Decades In 2014As 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.
IDOT Crews Block Kennedy Traffic To Remove Graffiti From SignState 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.
Officials: State Road Crews Ready For Winter WeatherDavid 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.
Federal Judge Orders Hiring Monitor For IDOTMagistrate Judge Sidney Schenkier told attorneys Wednesday that the monitor would help compliance of a decades-old political hiring ban.
Stevenson Bridge Repairs To ResumeThe 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.
Quinn Touts Expansion Of Job Training ProgramThe 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.
Quinn Halts IDOT Political HiringThe 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.
Quinn Replaces IDOT Chief Who Resigned Amid ControversyGov. 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.