Following are the strategies that were developed to accomplish the above listed
transportation policies and goals.
These strategies are implemented through the multi-year highway improvement
programs within the constraints of available revenues. Therefore, development of
a strategic plan becomes a process of trade-offs in the allocation of limited
resources to address the policies and goals of the state plan. Costs for IDOT's
administration, maintenance and operations, certain other state agency
operations, and debt service for highway capital improvement bonds are deducted
from estimated revenues to arrive at an amount likely to be available for
In the process of allocating available resources for capital improvements, IDOT
develops a series of service packages emphasizing different aspects of the
strategic plan. Each service package is constrained by the limits of available
resources. For example, a service package may be developed that is driven by
deterioration in the physical condition of roadways and bridges on the highway
system -- that is, a strategy that enforces system preservation and management.
Other service packages that may be developed emphasize mobility, reliability and
safety; or reducing congestion, improving efficiency and intermodal connections.
With anticipated accomplishments identified for each service package, IDOT
develops a general hierarchy of priorities for its investment strategy in the
highway system. System preservation is generally addressed as the first priority
and is followed, to the extent possible with available resources, by
modernization and expansion projects. Guidelines and criteria for identifying
candidate projects are developed to ensure critical and essential projects are
given highest priority for funding.