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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. 

Veterans Airport Welcomes New Fleet

Mar 3, 2020
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Air travelers using Veterans Airport in Marion will be flying in updated planes beginning Wednesday,  as Cape Air unveiled their new Tecnam Traveller.

Airport Manager Doug Kimmel says the new planes will offer more features like air conditioning and USB charging ports.  Kimmel adds the new places will be roomier and seat nine passengers and two crew members. 

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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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The Amtrak route between Chicago and Carbondale is the least on-time state-supported passenger rail route in the country … according to Amtrak’s own data.

Amtrak blames the Canadian National Railroad … which owns the tracks … for not giving the passenger trains priority … which is required by law.

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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.

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A new transportation center in downtown Carbondale is getting some federal grant funding.

The Southern Illinois Multi-modal Station project is receiving 14-million dollars from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development program.

The Illinois Department of Transportation on Monday released details for how it plans to spend billions of dollars on road construction in the coming years.


A summer filled with train disruptions for New Orleans visitors has reached its end as Amtrak has restored full service on its Chicago-to-New Orleans line.

The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports the line was restored Wednesday after months of terminating in Jackson, Mississippi.

Riders who use Metro Transit experienced delays Monday morning. 

In a statement, Metro said "an unusually high number of MetroBus operators" were not on the job Monday and others did not accept additional duties. The organization said it has all available qualified employees driving buses, but that still isn't enough to cover the absences, resulting in delays.

Amtrak says a Carbondale-bound train struck a vehicle on the tracks in northeast Illinois, causing several cars to derail.

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It's now official... traveling from southern Illinois to Cape Girardeau and vice versa is about to get much more convenient.

Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois is in the process of determining the best option to meet the air transportation needs of the region.

Five airlines have submitted proposals for service that would start this December.

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.

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A patriotic celebration took place the day before Independence Day in Williamson County.

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An Ohio River bridge connecting southern Illinois and western Kentucky will remain closed for about five more months.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says an ongoing maintenance and repair project will require more work at the Brookport Bridge at Paducah.

Drive down a major road or highway in Illinois and you’ll likely feel the bump of potholes. A report from TRIP, a Washington, D.C.-based research group, put a number on what it costs drivers to travel these roads — $18.3 billion. That includes additional car repairs, time lost in traffic, and crashes caused by poor road conditions.

Lawmakers are using the new report to push for a multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan, paid for in part by a gas tax hike and higher vehicle and registration fees.

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State and federal lawmakers from Missouri have unveiled a plan to turn two highways into Interstate 57.

The goal of the Future I-57 project is to connect Chicago to Little Rock, Arkansas.

Amtrak passengers should expect delayed departure times on January 22nd due to track improvements by Canadian National Railway.

President Donald Trump signed America's Water Infrastructure Act on Tuesday, which authorizes work on many projects around the U.S., ranging from water treatment to mitigating invasive species to transportation.

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The most expensive inland waterway project in U.S. history is set to open later this year.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Olmsted Locks and Dam in southern Illinois is scheduled for Thursday.

Advocates for new cruise-control technology for freight-hauling trucks say it could save money on fuel and consumer costs, but opponents of the technology believe it could put others on the road in danger.

Changes at SIU’s Saluki Express Will Expand Routes

Jun 4, 2018
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Students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will soon have an easier time getting to St. Louis or Evansville Indiana at no extra cost with the help of Saluki Express.

The expanded coverage is available after SIU entered an agreement with Rides Mass Transit District. Starting June 11, RMTD will be the provider for Saluki Express.

As National Bike Month gets underway in May, the City of Carbondale is expanding its bike network.

For instance, the multi-use path at University Mall will be extended to Reed Station Road and a traffic study is underway to determine if bike lanes could be added between Main Street and Grand Avenue.

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Illinois State Police say tractor-trailers collided Tuesday morning on Interstate 57 in Jefferson County.

Troopers say the accident occurred at 10:23 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the interstate at milepost 85.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker is trying to lower costs on downstate truck drivers.

State Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie says she has successfully passed legislation out of a House committee to increase truck hall weights for farmers.

No one was injured in a minor train derailment in Ziegler.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency says one car derailed Sunday evening on the Union Pacific line when a section of wheels left the rails.  The train was carrying maintenance rock for the tracks.

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.

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