transportation

Traffic is getting back to normal after a portion of Interstate 57 in Williamson County was shut down last night.

Williamson County Sherrif

A Williamson County road has reopened after a semi-truck tried to drive under a low clearance railroad trestle.

Highway road work will take a break for the Holidays.

AMTRAK

Amtrak trains operating out of Chicago to points across Illinois and the Midwest will soon offer free Internet access.

Multitaskers who drive while chatting on the phone may face some bitter medicine in 2014.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has announced more than $3-million in construction projects for southern Illinois.

Emergency officials in southern Illinois say there is no public safety threat after a train hauling coal derailed in Franklin County.

State Capital Bill Brings More Work To Southern Illinois
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You can continue to expect major traffic delays along Interstate–57 at Mt. Vernon.

US Army Corps of Engineers

The Olmsted Locks and Dam Project on the Ohio River in Pulaski County is on firmer financial ground thanks to the federal budget deal Congress passed Wednesday.

AMTRAK

Officials say nearly 5.2 million people boarded and disembarked from Amtrak trains in Illinois in the year that ended on Sept. 30, contributing to record ridership nationally.

Jennifer Fuller

Local communities are getting their share of this year's Capital Funding from the state, money which will be used to upgrade roads and bridges all over the region.

Amtrak Deal Avoids Shutdown

Oct 11, 2013
AMTRAK

Illinois has agreed to pay more for in-state Amtrak trains. The deal prevents a shutdown of rail service that could have happened as early as next week.

Environmental groups are against allowing industrial facilities to dump chemicals in parts of the Ohio River for another two years.

Illinois Department of Transportation officials began collecting public information about a new interstate in southern Illinois at Shawnee Community College on Wednesday.

IDOT Seeks Input on Statewide Bicycle Plan

Jul 18, 2013
Rotary Club of Carbondale

The Illinois Department of Transportation is developing a bicycle transportation plan.

IDOT

State transportation and local officials broke ground Monday in Marion on a $10-Million widening project for I-57.

KY Department of Transportation

Work continues on planning for the Interstate 66 corridor to connect Paducah to Cape Girardeau.

CAF

Southern Illinois residents are in for a treat next week when a famous WW II aircraft will find its way to the area.

Illinois State Capitol
Illinois Public Radio

Illinois begins the 2014 Fiscal Year today, but leaders say they're dealing with many of the same issues which have plagued the state for some time.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ An audit says more than 1 in 7 Illinois roads need to be repaired, four years after the state approved tax increases to pay for a $31 billion road construction program.

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One in 12 Illinois bridges is rated as structurally deficient, and the number has grown over the last two years, according to a national report released Wednesday.

The speed limit on most Illinois interstates would go up to 70, under a bill that's en route to the Governor.

FAA to Delay Tower Closures Until June

Apr 5, 2013
Southern Illinois Airport

The FAA has given a reprieve to all of the control towers that were scheduled to close this month. 

The FAA announced Friday that it will delay the closure of 149 towers including the one at the Southern Illinois Airport until June 15th  because of legal challenges to the closures. 

Southern Illinois Airport

Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington-Normal has filed a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration alleging that its plan to cut funding for air traffic control violates federal law.

Southern Illinois Airport

Southern Illinois Congressman Bill Enyart met with SIU aviation officials and the FAA Tuesday to discuss efforts to try and restore funding for the southern Illinois Airport’s control tower.

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The state of Illinois is about to embark on one of the largest early-season construction programs in its history.

Long lines for security at O'Hare Airport is a quick sign of the times under federal sequestration, but soon its impact will be felt in southern Illinois.

Pat Jones

Barge shippers can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now.

The lingering drought gripping much of the nation had threatened to reduce water levels on the Mississippi River to the point that shipping would be effectively shut down.

Pat Jones

Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Coast Guard said Monday they're optimistic navigation on the Mississippi River will continue between St. Louis and Cairo, despite historic low water levels.
 

Missouri Department of Transportation

Illinois could have $275 million more for road and bridge projects this year if lawmakers approve a Department of Transportation funding plan when they return to Springfield on Wednesday.

A document obtained by The Associated Press identifies $400 million in extra federal and freed-up state money to pump into the transit improvement program during the next five years.

DOT wants to use $275 million of that this summer, which would be a 15 percent increase over the $1.76 billion planned for work this year statewide.

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