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IDOT Working To Promote I-55 Managed Lane Project

The Illinois Department of Transportation is putting a lot of energy into promoting the proposed I-55 Managed Lane Project having produced a new website along with a video starring Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn explaining the project.

According to Blankenhorn, IDOT is considering managed lanes all over the state. In more rural areas expressways could have managed lanes for trucks, while urban areas may opt for dedicated bus or car pool lanes. IDOT hopes installing a managed lane on the Stevenson from Chicago to I-355 would be the easiest project for them to initiate the concept in Illinois.

The proposed concept for I-55 would be an express toll lane where drivers could pay a premium to bypass congestion on the freeway section of the expressway.

Check out IDOT’s new website dedicated to the project: www.i55managedlaneproject.org.

IDOT Announces Weekend Ramp Closure At Byrne Interchange

Jane Byrne InterchangeThe ramp that connects the eastbound Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (westbound I-290) will be closed over the weekend according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The ramp will close at 10 PM Friday, January 15th and re-open Monday, January 18th at 4 AM, in time for the morning rush hour.

IDOT says the closure is necessary for construction of the pier needed for the new flyover ramp which links the westbound Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway. The work is part of the ongoing Jane Byrne Interchange Project.

Traffic will be directed to the outbound Dan Ryan Expressway to the 18th Street exit ramp. IDOT says motorists should follow the posted detour signs to re-enter the inbound Dan Ryan to use the exit ramp to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway.

IDOT says motorists should expect delays.

Snow Plows Help Update IDOT Winter Road Conditions Online Map

The Illinois Department of Transportation wants to give motorists a technological tool to help them survive driving during the winter with the “Winter Road Conditions app on the gettingaroundillinois.com website.

The Getting Around Illinois map is updated 24/7 during winter weather events to provide drivers with the latest road conditions all around the state.

The Winter Road Conditions Map is actually updated based on data reported by IDOT snow plow drivers clearing snow from state roads during a winter storm.

State Promises Stepped Up Enforcement For New Year’s Eve

illinoisstatepoliceDon’t drink and drive this New Year’s holiday.

That’s because law enforcement will be working overtime to catch driver’s who’ve over celebrated while ringing in the new year.

IDOT is working with the Illinois State Police and over 200 local law enforcement agencies with stepped up enforcement via additional roadside safety checks, seat belt enforcement zones and additional patrols.

IDOT officials say that fatalities have been on the rise in Illinois in 2015 and New Year’s Eve makes roads particularly more dangerous. Currently, the state has 999 fatalities (an 8.5% increase over 2014 statistics) on the books and will most likely surpass the 1,000 fatality threshold for the first time in years.

State Announces Increased Enforcement On Illinois Roads

Click It or TicketDrive safe and sober this holiday–or get pulled over.

State transportation and law enforcement officials are warning drivers to “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket”.

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Illinois State Police are teaming up with 170 other police and sheriff’s departments in an enforcement effort to keep drunk drivers off Illinois roads this holiday season. Through the first weekend of 2016, just after the New Year holiday, law enforcement will be increasing enforcement efforts, conducting roadside safety checks and safety belt enforcement zones.

“Driving under the influence remains a significant factor in fatal traffic crashes,” said Illinois State Police Colonel Tad Williams. “The ISP will be doing our part to help keep the roadways safe this holiday season by conducting extra patrols with an emphasis on removing impaired drivers.”

IDOT says recently released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that fatalities from drunk driving have plateaued in Illinois–neither rising or declining.

IDOT Debuts Winter Weather Driving Tips Video

The Illinois Department of Transportation just released a video, just ahead of winter, to remind drivers on how best to deal with challenging seasonal road conditions.

Good tips and perhaps a reminder to all those motorists who completely forgot how to drive on snow and ice over the past few months.

Seatbelt Usage Reaches 95% On Illinois Roads

SeatbeltThe Illinois Department of Transportation announced this week that safety belt usage for drivers and front seat passengers has reached an all-time high of 95.2% on Illinois roads.

IDOT says it’s a 1.1% increase over last year when Illinois’ 94.1% gave the state the 7th highest seatbelt usage rate in the U.S. according to the National Highway Safety Administration. This year’s numbers should improve Illinois ranking.

“More and more Illinois drivers are getting the message that something as simple as buckling up every time you get into a vehicle saves lives,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Blankenhorn. “This is great news and an encouraging trend, but we still have more work to do. To get the usage rate even higher and save even more lives on Illinois roadways, we will look to strengthen our partnerships with law enforcement on safety campaigns and continue searching for creative new ways to get out the message on the importance of using your seat belt.”

Sun-Times Profiles Chicago’s Resident Street Sign Expert

Steven J. Bahnsen hates bad street signs signs.

And while Bahnsen is arguably, the most knowledgeable expert on traffic signs in the entire state, he curiously doesn’t work for CDOT or IDOT.

63rd Street Bridge Closes Monday For 10 Months Of Repair Work

Detour signScheduled repair work on the 63rd St. Bridge will close the span over the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-94) to all traffic starting Monday, January 12th according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

The bridge is undergoing major repair work which will take about 10 months to finish.

IDOT says there will be daily lane closures on nearby Wentworth Ave. and Yale St. and expressway motorists should expect nightly lane closures until the end of October 2015.

The 63rd St. Bridge serves as a major conduit for the South Side neighborhoods surrounding the area. Area drivers should follow the detour signs and take the suggested detour routes.

IDOT: Crashes Tick Up 4% 2013, Highest Since 2008

CrashThe Chicago Tribune breaks down Illinois crash statistics for 2013 in a recent story and finds that vehicle crashes and fatalities were both up last year.

There were 991 crash related fatalities last year, 37 more than in 2012 or a 4% increase statewide.

Traffic experts are theorizing crashes are up because people are driving more. There’s also concern the low price of gas may increase average miles driven and thus increase crashes and traffic deaths in 2015.

There are some interesting takeaways the Tribune points out from the statistics.

Here’s the breakdown: