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The Illinois Department of Transportation is asking the public to participate in a new traveler survey.

I-DOT spokesperson Paul Wappel says they want to hear your opinion on how clean rest areas and roadsides are, how your travel habits may have changed during the pandemic and more.

Officials say more public input is being sought on plans to construct a new Ohio River bridge that would connect Cairo and Wickliffe, Kentucky.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is investing nearly $258 millions on projects along Interstate 57 in southern Illinois.

$224 million is coming from the 2019 Rebuild Illinois capital program.

A group of current and former employees of the Illinois Department of Transportation are accusing the agency of a history of systemic racism, particularly in its operations in southern Illinois.

Illinois Road Projects Could Suffer Due To COVID-19

May 7, 2020

There may be fewer road construction projects and repairs around Illinois in the coming year as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

It started with the governor’s stay-at-home-order in late March.   Since then, fewer motorists have been hitting the roads. 

IDOT Notes Steep Decline In Traffic.

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As expected with the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, there are less cars on the roads in Illinois.

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A Task Force created to study the cost, feasibility, and environmental impact of a proposed four-lane divided highway between Waterloo and Murphysboro has released its final recommendations. 

The Southwest Illinois Connector Task Force recommends building the four-lane highway through Monroe, Randolph, Perry and Jackson counties.

The Illinois Department of Transportation wants feedback from drivers.

I-DOT is conducting its annual Illinois Traveler Opinion Survey through December 31st.  Spokesman Guy Tridgell said it’s meant to broadly determine what the public thinks about the state’s transportation system.

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More than 25-million dollars in federal funding has been awarded to Illinois communities to replace and rehabilitate buses and their facilities.

The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program.

Here's another sign floodwaters in the region are continuing to recede.

The Illinois Department of Transportation Tuesday re-opened Route 3 between Highway 151 and Chester.

Illinoisans may soon have a place to report potholes.

The Senate unanimously passed a bill creating a new website where drivers can log potholes and other road dangers in Illinois. It's sponsored by Senator Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was sued Friday by a group of former state employees who want their jobs back.

In 2016, Rauner issued a press release saying his administration had ended a “patronage hiring scandal” at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

People caught texting and driving on Illinois roadways could risk losing their licenses under a measure being considered by state lawmakers.

The Chester Bridge was reduced to one lane Thursday for a unique reason.

Suntimesnews reports a 10-foot wide restriction was in place so a film crew could work on a documentary for HBO.

Federal funding is headed to Illinois to help with improvements along Interstate 57 in Williamson County.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is receiving 7.6 million dollars through the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER grant program.

IDOT Accepting Public Comment on New Rail Plan

Jan 26, 2018

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking input from the public about the 2017 Rail Plan.
 
The Plan, a federally required update every five years, is an overview of the state's existing passenger and freight facilities and operations along with strategies for long-term goals.

The snowfall Christmas Eve gave notice that winter is here in Illinois, and with it hazardous conditions. A recent redesign of

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Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation showed off one of its new locomotives at the Carbondale station Wednesday.

Illinois has received 12 of the 44-hundred horsepower diesel-electric locomotives  that are also being put on routes in Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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Two southern Illinois facilities are among the top airports in the state according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

IDOT recognized six airports with 2017 Airport of the Year awards.

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The future of Illinois' official state insect is in doubt.

The Monarch butterfly has seen its population decline by 80 percent over the past ten years, putting it at risk of becoming endangered.

The administration of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner says it wants a judge to decide whether state employees who were improperly hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn should keep union contract job protections.

A new report by a court-appointed watchdog charged with looking into patronage hiring at the Illinois transportation department details how friends and relatives of top Democrats were hired under former Gov. Pat Quinn, even as many had little or no experience.

IDOT And Partners Stress Work Zone Safety

Apr 4, 2017
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To draw attention to National Work Zone Awareness week, state officials and industry partners held a media event earlier this morning (Tuesday) in a high-traffic spot in Williamson County.  The podium was set up on top of the Wolf Creek Bridge, which is being built across Route 13 just east of Carterville.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has eliminated a state Transportation Department position that he says was central to a patronage hiring scandal stretching back more than a decade.

Gov. Bruce Rauner has laid off 29 Illinois Department of Transportation employees who were among those improperly hired based on political connections.

Legislators have ratified an amendment to the Illinois constitution but it's up to voters whether the provision will be enshrined in state law.

Over the years, when lawmakers have been short on cash for state needs, they've dipped into funds that are supposed to pay for infrastructure.

The idea is to put an end to that practice.

The proposed constitutional amendment would put transportation funding in a figurative "lock box."

IDOT Accepting Input for the Shawnee Parkway

Jan 27, 2016
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The Illinois Department of Transportation is conducting a study and is encouraging public input on the proposed Shawnee Parkway, which would run from Paducah Kentucky to Cape Girardeau Missouri.  Through March 15th, 2016, the public is able to go online and comment on the projects.  The website is:

http://www.shawneeparkway.org/

The Illinois Department of Transportation is hosting a series of statewide public meetings on its new five-year, $8.4 billion highway improvement plan.

Seatbelt usage in Illinois has hit an all-time high.

A little more than 95 percent of Illinois drivers and front seat passengers are wearing their safety belt...up from 94 percent last year.

A federal judge has ordered a court-appointed monitor to investigate hiring at Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation.

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