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The Illinois Department of Transportation receives the Award of Excellence in Urban Highways from the Federal Highway Administration’s Excellence in Highway Design Awards Program.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has received the Award of Excellence in Urban Highways as a result of the Federal Highway Administration’s Excellence in Highway Design Awards Program. This program recognizes outstanding examples of highways, bridges, pedestrian facilities, roadside facilities, and other facets of roadway design. These are awarded only every two years.

The Department received the award for the Reconstruction of South Lake Shore Drive. US 41, South Lake Shore Drive, is one of Chicago's primary commuter routes, carrying more than 100,000 vehicles a day. It is also a popular scenic drive alongside Lake Michigan. IDOT and CDOT's reconstruction of the Drive balanced these two demands by using a context-sensitive plan that not only improved the roadway but enhanced the neighborhood. Notable elements of the plan include a new roadway drainage system that has improved water quality for Lake Michigan, new pedestrian underpasses, and the restoration of the historic Animal Bridge.

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