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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2006


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Matt Vanover (IDOT) 217-558-0517
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IDOT Gives Motorists a Break During Christmas Holiday; Reminds Drivers about travel tips and Scott’s Law

CHICAGO—Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Secretary Timothy W. Martin and Illinois State Police (ISP) Director Larry Trent are urging motorists to drive responsibly this holiday season.  IDOT and ISP are working together on stepped up campaigns to get impaired drivers off the road, as well as reminding motorists about Scott’s law, which is intended to keep emergency and highway maintenance personnel safe.  IDOT is also opening up lanes wherever possible as thousands of families hit the road for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday.

“The roads are packed this time of year with drivers traveling to visit family and friends for the holidays,” said Secretary Martin.  “We want to make their trip as smooth as possible by haulting construction and opening lanes.  We are also working closely with the Illinois State Police to make sure that everyone on the road is safe this holiday season.”

In the greater Chicagoland area, all lanes on the Edens, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Stevenson, Dan Ryan, and Bishop Ford expressways, as well as I-80 and I-57 will be open wherever possible.

IDOT and ISP also want to remind drivers of Scott’s Law which was designed to protect emergency response personnel and highway workers from unsafe drivers who are a risk to public servants.

“Scott’s Law was enacted to protect the people who put their lives at risk on Illinois roadways,” said Director Trent.  “The men and women who work to make our roadways safe deserve to get home safely at the end of the day.  We want to ensure we are doing what we can to make this a happy and safe holiday for everyone.”

Scott’s Law requires motorists to yield to moving emergency vehicles, including highway maintenance vehicles, displaying oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights.  In addition, Scott’s Law requires drivers to change lanes (if safe to do so) or reduce speed and proceed with caution when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing warning lights.

Scott’s Law was enacted in 2002 in memory of Lieutenant Scott Gillen of the Chicago Fire Department who was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver on the Dan Ryan Expressway while assisting at a crash scene.

Motorists are advised to check IDOT’s website www.gettingaroundillinois.com for information regarding road conditions and updates on road construction.  Interstate road condition information is also available at 1-800-452-IDOT (4368).

Various construction zones will be open for the Christmas Holiday from 3:00 pm, Friday, December 22 through Midnight, Tuesday, December 26 and 3:00 pm, Friday, December 29 through Midnight, Tuesday, January 2.  However, due to the nature of some projects, there will be construction zones throughout the state that will continue to operate.  IDOT is urging motorists to slow down and drive with caution through these work zones.  Holiday travelers are reminded that work zone speed limits are still in effect.

Areas that will continue to have lane closures are as follows:

Clay County:

US Rt. 45, north of Louisville, widening and resurfacing project, detour road 2 miles north of Louisville both lanes open.

Coles County:

I-57 milepost 192, new interchange work, inside median shoulders closed.

Cook County:

Oak Park Ave- Widening and Resurfacing in Oak Forest- SB Oak Park Ave closed

(Ridgeland Ave to 151st Street) Justamere Road closed (143rd Street to 147th Street)- Local Traffic only.

Bishop Ford- Reconstruction in South Holland-2 lanes each direction from 159th to I-80.  Ramp from SB Ford to EB Kingery reduced to 1 lane. Ramp SB Ford (EB I-94) to WB I-80/NB I-294 (TriState Tollway) closed with detour posted.  Ramp from EB 159th St. to EB I-94 closed with detour posted.

IL-394- Reconstruction in Thornton/Lansing-1 lane in each direction between Glenwood-Lansing Rd. and I-80.  Ramp from WB I-80 to SB IL-394 will be closed with detour posted.

Kingery- Reconstruction in Lansing/Thornton/South Holland/Hammond/Munster-2 lanes in each direction with some narrow lanes and lane shifts from US 41 (Calumet Ave.) in Indiana to I-94.  Ramp from EB I-80/SB I-294 to WB I-94 (Bishop Ford) closed w/detour posted.  Ramp from WB I-80 to SB IL-394 will be closed with detour posted.

Grundy County:

Ashley Road over I-80 near Morris

Seneca Interchange at I-80, MP 105

Kane County:

US 20 (Lake St.) over the Fox River-Bridge repair in Elgin- One lane in each direction.

North Avenue (IL 64) at Randall Rd.- widening, resurfacing in St. Charles- One lane in each direction. 

Lake County:

IL 22 (Half Day Rd.) from IL 83 Mundelein Rd. to US 45/21- Roadway Reconstruction in Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Lincolnshire- One lane in each direction with turn lanes at intersections.  Tight right turn radius at Prairie Rd. & Main St. on IL 22. 90% of the project has been placed on new pavement and the last 10% will be switched in late December. Motorist should be aware of new lane configurations.

IL 22 West of US 12 to Buesching Rd- Roadway widening and reconstruction in Lake Zurich- All lanes now open. Daytime lane closures only east of Ela Road. Daytime lane closures on Il 22 west of Ela and on US 12 held off until after the holidays.

IL 22 from Beusching to Quentin Rd.- Roadway widening and reconstruction in Lake Zurich- One lane in each direction with turn lanes at intersections. Traffic on new pavement west of Quentin Rd to east project limits. Traffic switch to new pavement from west of Quentin to Buesching Road scheduled week of December 18th.

IL 83 over the Wisconsin Central Ltd. Railroad/EJE- New Bridge Deck in Lake Villa, Loon Lake, and Antioch- All lanes currently open. Ongoing construction activity beneath and adjacent to bridge. Daytime lane closures only when needed.

Madison County:

Staged construction utilizing temporary traffic signals will be encountered along Illinois Route 143 just west of Interstate 70.  This lane restriction is necessary to replace the existing bridge beams on the structure carrying Illinois Route 143 over Sugar Creek.  The project is expected to be completed by the Summer of 2007.

Marion County:

Staged construction utilizing temporary traffic signals will be encountered on US Route 50 approximately 2 miles and 3 miles west of the Clay County line.  These lane restrictions are necessary to replace the bridges over Skillet Fork and Dums Creek.  Work on these structures is expected to be completed by the summer of 2007.

Saline County:

Illinois 34-1.7 miles north of Harrisburg-Temporary Traffic signals.  One lane open.  Traffic is controlled by signals.

Illinois 34-North edge of Harrisburg- Temporary Traffic signals.  One lane open.  Traffic is controlled by signals.

St. Clair County:

Eastbound I-55/70/64 ramp to southbound Tudor Avenue is closed for deck repairs.  Motorists traveling eastbound on I-55/70/64 wanting to travel southbound to Tudor Avenue should follow the marked detour to Fourth Street in East St. Louis. This ramp is scheduled to be completed and opened by December 29, 2006.

Stage construction along Route Illinois 157 near I-64 reducing the number of lanes from 2 to 1 lane in the southbound direction will be in place until the fall of 2006.

Construction will be encountered along Illinois Route 161 just south of Lincoln Trail in Fairview Heights. Southbound traffic will be shifted into the northbound lane restricting traffic to one lane in each direction. Concrete barrier wall will be used to separate the north and southbound traffic across the existing bridge.

Staged construction utilizing temporary traffic signals will be encountered along Illinois Route 158/177 just east of North Green Mount Road near Belleville.  This lane restriction is necessary to replace the existing structure carrying Illinois Route 158/177 over Loop Creek.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2007.

White County:

Illinois 14- 3.3 miles east of Crossville- Temporary Traffic signals.  One lane open.  Traffic is controlled by signals.

U.S. 45-1.5 miles south of Mill Shoals- Temporary Traffic signals.  One lane open.  Traffic is controlled by signals.

Will County:

US 30 from Essington to Larkin- Reconstruction in Crest Hill and Joliet- One lane in each direction.

159th Street (US Route 6) under CNRR Bridge-Bridge Reconstruction in Harvey- Road Closed between Park Ave and Center Street.

I-55 from I80 to Weber Road- Bridge and Interchange Reconstruction in Troy township- Occasional night time lane closure for sign truss work.

 

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