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2009 Press Releases

December 23, 2009
Operation Save 100, the big, end-of-the-year push to lead Illinois to its lowest number of motor vehicle deaths since early last century began November 13 and continues through the remainder of 2009, IDOT, the Illinois State Police and nearly 300 law enforcement agencies across the state announced today.

December 18, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces Chicagoland Area to Receive $10 Million for Enhancement Projects and statewide projects totaling $22 Million.

December 14, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation, Illinois Secretary of State and Illinois State Police along with corporate partners joined together today to remind Illinois motorists of two new laws taking effect January 1st. The new laws represent a groundbreaking effort to reduce crashes and save lives by curbing distracted driving on Illinois’ roadways.

November 24, 2009
Amtrak trains operated under a contract with the Illinois Department of Transportation are providing a way to overcome the unpredictable costs of driving and drew more than 1.8 million passengers to state-supported routes in Fiscal Year 2009.

November 24, 2009
With highway fatalities down thus far in 2009, Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today announced an all out Click It or Ticket (CIOT) mobilization aimed at saving a record number of lives during the Thanksgiving Holiday.

November 20, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation Gives Motorists a Break from Construction for Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

November 19, 2009
Illinois transportation and law enforcement officials today urged motorists to start preparing themselves and their vehicles for winter driving conditions.

November 18, 2009
IDOT is seeking individuals in select areas statewide for positions to perform snow and ice removal for Illinois’ highway network system during the winter months.

November 12, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) alongside Illinois State Police (ISP) today announced an all out Operation Save 100 campaign aimed for Illinois to have at least 100 less fatalities on its roadways this year as compared to last year.

November 10, 2009
In honor of Veterans Day, Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today the dedication of the Illinois Fallen Soldier Tree Memorial in Illini State Park in Marseilles. The new memorial park was put in place to honor Illinois Soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

November 6, 2009
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today that “The Global Learning Series,” an education-focused television program distributed to public television, will feature Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Division of Traffic Safety’s “Operation Teen Safe Driving” program in the first of a series of segments called, “Understanding Traffic Safety.”

November 5, 2009
The Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today recognized the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety’s (DTS) “Operation Teen Safe Driving” program for its efforts to reduce teen driving-related deaths by implementing innovative peer-to-peer programs.

October 30, 2009
As Illinois residents gear up for Halloween this year, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP), Secretary of State Police (SOS) and local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois are warning motorists about the dangers of impaired driving.

October 30, 2009
Old State Route 66 in Glenarm to Close Temporarily

October 27, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn today announced the completion of a new interchange at Interstate 57/64 and Veterans Memorial Drive in Mount Vernon.

October 22, 2009
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today announced the high schools selected to participate in the 2009-2010 Operation Teen Safe Driving program

October 22, 2009
The Office of Business & Workforce Diversity’s Bureau of Small Business Enterprises would like to announce that the 2009/2010 DBE supportive services consultant contracts have been awarded for Districts 4-9 (management) and Districts 1-9 (technical).

October 20, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation is pleased to announce today that all lanes of the Martin Luther King (MLK) Bridge will be open to traffic by late Wednesday, October 21, 2009.

October 14, 2009
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today a significant decrease in fatalities related to deer vs. vehicle accidents statewide and says he is hopeful that trend continues. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) want to remind motorists that deer are more active during the fall, which increases the likelihood of vehicle crashes involving deer.

October 8, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the Martin Luther King (MLK) Bridge will be closed with weather permitting beginning October 12th continuing through October 24th to install safety improvements as a result of a department ordered safety study’s findings.

October 1, 2009
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig welcomed central Illinois students to the agency’s third annual Career Day at the Illinois State Fairgrounds today. The event, which was started to inform Illinois students of the many rewarding opportunities in the transportation industry, attracted dozens of companies and hundreds of students from all over the state.

September 29, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the Martin Luther King (MLK) Bridge will be closed with weather permitting beginning October 12th continuing through October 24th to install safety improvements as a result of a department ordered safety study’s findings.

September 28, 2009
IDOT is excited to once again partner with school districts throughout the state to implement Engineering Academies for middle and high school students.

September 25, 2009
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced today that 31 paratransit buses in seven transit agencies across the state will be replaced with hybrid-electric buses to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in Illinois.

September 17, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn today announced that $20 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) will fund 27 alternative transportation projects across the state.

September 17, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that motorists can expect approximately 20 minute stoppages on westbound I-74 during the afternoon hours of Monday & Tuesday (September 21st and 22nd) near the US 34 interchange, about two miles north of Galesburg. The ramp from eastbound US 34 to westbound I-74 will be closed in the afternoon these two days.

September 17, 2009
Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today announced another website aimed at providing more open access and transparency for the public. The new Bridge Information website provides detailed inventory and inspection data on all Bridges and Structures in the State of Illinois.

September 15, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) today announced it is seeking $300 million in federal stimulus funds for a package of 16 projects that are part of the Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency (CREATE) Program.

September 8, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) broke ground today on a new truck maintenance building which will be constructed on the existing 7.4 acre site at the northeast corner of Harlem Avenue and Irving Park Road.

September 2, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation and Illinois Law Enforcement Ramp up a Late-Night Fight Against Impaired Driving

September 2, 2009
IDOT Accepts Top Highway Safety Award From Governors Highway Safety Association

September 2, 2009
Governor Quinn Dedicates Illinois 336 as “Thomas A. Oakley Highway”

September 2, 2009
Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Project in Marion

August 31, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation presents the 2009 Fall Planning Conference on October 14-16, 2009 at the historic Allerton Hotel in Chicago.

August 26, 2009
With thousands of people traveling over the upcoming holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that road work will be suspended where possible to make for a smoother drive for motorists this Labor Day weekend. IDOT and the Illinois State Police (ISP) also want to remind travelers to drive sober in the midst of this year’s “YOU DRINK & DRIVE. YOU LOSE. ”campaign.

August 21, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation officials were joined today by representatives from the Secretary of State, the Illinois State Police and corporate sponsors to kick off the third year of Operation Teen Safe Driving. The groundbreaking effort was designed to reduce teen crashes and save lives on Illinois’ roadways.

August 19, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois ranks among the top in the nation for the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). According to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) data, Illinois ranks first among all states in the total expenditure of ARRA funds. To date, expenditures of ARRA funds in Illinois total $170,605,614, which is nearly triple the expenditures of the next highest state.

August 14, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced new state highway maps are available, free of charge, at the 2009 Illinois State Fair as well as at the DuQuoin State Fair later this month.

August 13, 2009
Officials from Governor Pat Quinn’s administration announced today that the project along the I-55/I-70 and IL 162 Interchange near Troy will begin on Monday. The $23.5 million project is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will be utilized for the removal of the existing bridge at the interchange, construction of a new bridge and a single-point interchange to increase the fluid movement of traffic.

August 12, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (Authority) are hosting community meetings to discuss the current IDOT and Tollway DBE Disparity Study.

August 6, 2009
Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94) Lanes Reduced August 7; Drivers should prepare for longer travel times

August 5, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn today announced $13.1 million in Safe Routes to School grants to schools and communities across the state. This 100 percent federally funded program is designed to enable and encourage children to walk and bike to school.

July 29, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announces that beginning Monday, August 3, 2009 there will be daytime lane closures on eastbound and westbound I-270 at the bridge over the Mississippi River.

July 26, 2009
IDOT’s Office of Small Business Services published two Request for Proposals (RFPs) on July 16, 2009 that seek qualified vendors with experience in Illinois’ transportation-related construction industry who can provide management assistance (the RFP covers Districts 4 - 9) and technical assistance (the RFP covers Districts 1 - 9) to its Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs).

July 23, 2009
The Illinois and Missouri Departments of Transportation are holding two business networking forums in early August to help businesses connect before the Mississippi River Bridge goes out for bid in September.

July 13, 2009
Governor Pat Quinn today signed into law bills that create the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! plan, designed to help revive the state’s ailing economy by creating and retaining more than 439,000 jobs during the next six years.

July 2, 2009
Illinois law enforcement begins You Drink & Drive. You Lose. July 4th crackdown on impaired drivers.

July 1, 2009
IDOT and the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (Tollway) have contracted with Mason Tillman Associates, Ltd. (MTA), a national public policy firm, to conduct an availability analysis of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and a disparity study (study) of Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and Female Business Enterprises (FBEs) in the Illinois highway, Toll highway, and airport construction contracting and design services industries.

June 29, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Gary Hannig today urged Illinois drivers to buckle up and stay sober as they get ready to hit the roadways for the Fourth of July weekend. Secretary Hannig also announced that IDOT will make sure roads are open wherever possible, but some projects will continue, resulting in lane closures over the holiday weekend.

June 29, 2009
IDOT District 2 is in the process of implementing a pilot program of installing rain barrels at select rest areas and welcome centers throughout the district. Turtle Creek Welcome Center has been chosen as the first facility in which the rain barrels will be installed.

June 24, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) alongside Illinois State Police (ISP) and the Illinois Tollway want to remind motorists construction season is underway and warn that tough laws are in place to buckle down on speeders in work zones.

June 4, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation’s District 8 and Bureau of Safety along with the Illinois State Police, Missouri Department of Transportation and city of St. Louis announced plans today to address crossover crashes on the Martin Luther King (MLK) Bridge.

May 20, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig today unveiled an $11.25 billion Multi-year Highway Improvement Program for Fiscal Years 2010-2015 that focuses on maintenance of the current road system.

May 20, 2009
With thousands of people traveling over the upcoming holiday weekend, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that roadwork will be suspended where possible to make for a smoother drive for motorists this Memorial Day weekend.

May 20, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is honoring 12 students from across the state today who participated in the 2008-2009 Fourth Annual Illinois Work Zone Safety Calendar Contest.

May 11, 2009
The major rehabilitation project along the Bishop Ford Freeway (I-94) begins after rush hour tonight (May 11th), the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today.

May 11, 2009
IDOT successfully clears all Interstates and State Routes after devastating storms.

May 8, 2009
Quinn Administration Announces Plan to Make Chicago to St. Louis High-Speed Rail Travel a Reality

May 1, 2009
The IDOT American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – Contractor/Consultant Reporting application has been developed by IDOT to collect and report data required by the Act to the federal agencies within US DOT, as well as provide information to the general public.

April 28, 2009
In order to put a spotlight on motorcycle safety as the 2009 riding season gets underway, Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed May Motorcycle Awareness Month in Illinois.

April 22, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is taking part in numerous Earth Day events this year. In honor of Earth Day, the Department has scheduled tree planting events throughout its nine district offices.

April 7, 2009
As the 2009 highway construction season gets underway, Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig announced that work zone fatalities are down 29.6 percent compared to 2003. Aggressive law enforcement and education campaigns and significant improvements to work zone safety traffic control reduced Illinois work zone fatalities from 44 in 2003, including 5 workers, to provisionally 31 with 2 workers killed in 2008.

April 7, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig, Secretary of State Jesse White, the Governors Highway Safety Association, Illinois State Police (ISP), Ford Motor Company Fund, The Allstate Foundation, and supporters of Operation Teen Safe Driving today announced the final round of winning schools to participate in the statewide safety initiative designed to educate teens about safe driving in order to save lives.

March 23, 2009
The 12 finalists for the 4th Annual IDOT Illinois Work Zone Safety Calendar Contest have been selected. See the final 12 drawings that have been chosen for the 2008-2009 Illinois Work Zone Safety Calendar.

March 15, 2009
The Chicago Regional Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE) public and private partners announced the completion of a $4.5 million railroad modernization project. The project improved the 40 year-old signal system and helped mitigate conflicting use of tracks among freight trains, Metra, and Amtrak along the Indiana Harbor Belt Corridor from Bedford Park to Summit.

March 12, 2009
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Illinois State Police (ISP) are partnering with numerous law enforcement agencies around the state this weekend and throughout St. Patrick’s Day to remind everyone to act responsibly by designating a sober driver if they plan on consuming alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day.

January 28, 2009
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced details today about the You Drink & Drive. You Lose campaign in an effort to prevent impaired driving around the Super Bowl. They are also reminding fans of the new law that requires a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) be installed for first-time DUI offenders.

January 2, 2009
Governor Rod R. Blagojevich is pleased to announce the first recipients of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) Civil Engineer Scholarship Program. The new scholarship program utilizes federal transportation funds to enhance the diversity and quality of IDOT’s civil engineering workforce. The selected recipients will be offered up to $3,500 in tuition assistance for the upcoming Spring 2009 semester.

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