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Labor Day Message from IDOT, Police: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

Posted by Admin On September - 3 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Roadside safety checks, nighttime driving patrols part of life-saving effort

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Illinois State Police (ISP) and hundreds of local police and sheriff’s departments across Illinois are reminding motorists that they will be out in force this holiday weekend, the culmination of a two-week crackdown on impaired drivers. The message and warning remains very simple: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

Last year in Illinois, 16 people were killed in traffic crashes during the Labor Day weekend, the period between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Labor Day. The purpose of this enforcement campaign is to deter drunk drivers and prevent fatalities by increasing enforcement and maximizing awareness in an effort to save lives.

Illinois roads continue to be much safer than they were a decade ago. Motorists are buckling up at a higher rate than ever before, achieving a record 95.2 percent seat belt usage by front-seat occupants this year. Traffic fatalities remain on a steady decline. Traffic fatalities reached 1,363 in 2005. Last year, 924 people were killed, the sixth consecutive year fatalities failed to reach 1,000.

Despite these improvements, drunk drivers still play a role in more than 300 highway deaths and even more serious injuries each year in Illinois, with recent data causing additional alarm. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates show drunk driving fatalities (motor-vehicle deaths involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher) reached 322 deaths in both 2012 and 2013, compared to 278 in 2011.

“We are encouraged by the fatality reductions we’ve seen on Illinois roads in recent years, but we cannot be complacent,” said Jared Thornley, IDOT’s Director of Traffic Safety. “The fact is more than 900 people die each year on Illinois roads and, all too often, they die as a result of an impaired driver.”

Throughout the Labor Day weekend, ISP, Illinois Secretary of State Police and more than 250 local police departments and sheriff’s offices will conduct roadside safety checks and hundreds of hours of stepped-up impaired driving and seat belt enforcement details.

“For many, Labor Day weekend is the last opportunity for family and friends to spend time together before the start of the school year,” stated ISP Col. Mike Zerbonia. “Alcohol remains a factor in one-third of fatal traffic crashes. Please be responsible this holiday weekend and don’t drink and drive, don’t drive distracted, watch your speed and buckle up. This weekend doesn’t need to be the last time your family and friends see you alive.”

The crackdown, funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by IDOT, is coupled with an online media campaign, “The Driving Dead.” The web-based series features Illinois native and “The Walking Dead” star Michael Rooker living in a zombie-filled, post-apocalyptic world and depicting the dangers of unsafe driving. Fans can view the series at The Driving Dead and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Labor Day Drunk Driving Crackdown Begins in Illinois

Posted by Admin On August - 25 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Law enforcement looking for drunk drivers to help stop deadly crime


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Drunk driving, especially around holidays such as Labor Day, is one of the deadliest crimes we face in Illinois and the nation as a whole. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police (ISP) are committed to saving lives and today the agencies announced the kickoff of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign leading up to Labor Day.

From today through Labor Day, state police will join more than 250 local police departments and county sheriff’s offices to step up enforcement with roadside safety checks and hundreds of additional hours of drunk and drugged driving patrols. In addition, motorists are being warned to buckle their seat belts no matter where they are sitting in a vehicle, especially during the deadly late-night hours.

As with all of the state’s high-visibility holiday enforcement campaigns, an important aspect of the Labor Day crackdown is getting the truth out to the public. That truth is that drunk and drugged driving destroys lives every day. Campaigns like this one aim to end the devastation caused by motor vehicle crashes.

“Progress in recent years is encouraging, but data clearly shows drunk and drugged driving remain a devastating problem on Illinois roads,” said Jared Thornley, IDOT’s Director of Traffic Safety. “Getting the word out about the dangers of drunk and drugged driving is a big part of why we do these holiday enforcement crackdowns. Unfortunately, the facts often aren’t enough to get the driving public’s attention. That’s why enforcement is necessary to keep Illinois roads as safe as they can be.”

Illinois has experienced improvements in the past decade with drunk and drugged driving fatalities, but impaired drivers still play a role in more than 300 highway deaths and hundreds more serious injuries every year.

“Labor Day weekend remains one of the busiest travel periods of the year and we want all motorists to reach their destination safely,” said ISP Colonel Mike Zerbonia. “ISP Troopers and our law enforcement partners will saturate predesignated areas to strictly enforce DUI laws. Designate a driver before going out this holiday weekend to help ensure everyone makes it home safe,” he stressed.

According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 475 traffic crash fatalities involved an alcohol-impaired driver in 2004 in Illinois. That number dropped to a low of 278 in 2011. However, 322 drunk driving deaths occurred in Illinois in 2012 and 2013.

The Labor Day crackdown is part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” programs in Illinois, funded with federal traffic safety dollars and administered by IDOT.

Updated Interactive Cook County Highway Construction Project Map Launched

Posted by Admin On August - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways today launched a new, interactive map<http://cookviewer2.cookcountyil.gov/construction/> allowing the public to view the status of all road and bridge construction projects in Cook County.

The Highway Construction Project map provides information on all planned, current and completed road and bridge projects, covering all 557 miles of Cook County roads. Projects are marked by graphic icons of construction barricades which, when clicked, provide a location and a brief description of the work.  More detail on individual projects is another click away, with additional information provided at the bottom of the map.

Users can also switch between a street view and an aerial view, find their current location using GPS, and then see all the current or planned projects nearby.

“Time on the road is valuable to motorists. Seeing in real time where construction projects are being planned as well as projects that are already in progress is extremely helpful,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said. “We are always thinking of better ways to serve Cook County residents and our innovative team is to be commended for designing this interactive feature.”

The interactive map can be found on the Department of Transportation and Highways website<http://www.cookcountyil.gov/department-of-transportation-and-highways/> and is a joint creation with the Department of Geographical Information Services (GIS). The Highway Construction Project site is one of many geographic applications available to the public through Cook County’s award-winning GIS department. To see other applications and learn more about Cook County’s map applications, please visit Cook County GIS<http://www.cookcountyil.gov/maps-and-data/>.

Boulevard Lakefront Tour Returns August 23 for 30th Anniversary of Active Transportation Alliance

Posted by Admin On August - 7 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Chicago’s longest-running bike ride visits the city’s earliest parks, original boulevards, lakefront trail and the new 606 trail

CHICAGO, IL — Active Transportation Alliance, Chicagoland’s voice for better biking, walking and transit, is celebrating its 30th Anniversary by bringing back a much-loved event — The Boulevard Lakefront Tour (BLT).

The BLT began in 1989, four years after the organization was founded as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (CBF). The ride continued through 2008 when CBF became the Active Transportation Alliance, and then the event was revamped in 2011 to the Four Star Bike Tour to accommodate different bike routes.

In honor of Active Trans’ 30th anniversary, BLT is back and includes routes that overlap with those from the early days of BLT and a throwback costume contest that is sure to feature tube socks and neon shirts.

BLT was the organization’s first fundraiser, but it was more than that. The ride occupies a special place in the history of Chicagoland bicycling because it proved to elected officials that thousands of people wanted to ride and improve conditions for bicycling.

“We go back to the days when very few people biked in the Chicago region and ours was often a lone voice,” said Active Trans board member and CBF’s first Executive Director, Randy Neufeld. “Even 10 years ago, ideas like protected bike lanes, the Divvy bike-sharing program, thousands of daily bikes trips to Metra stations, or the thought that 6,000 bikes per day would travel Milwaukee Avenue would have been viewed as pipe dreams by most everyone!”

“Active Trans and a relatively small group of volunteers scrapped and clawed for years, riding into a proverbial headwind of disinterest or outright opposition to bicycling,” said Ron Burke, executive director of Active Trans. “It’s gratifying to see our work paying dividends, with bicycling much more popular and mainstream today than when we held the first Boulevard Lakefront Tour in 1989.”

BLT’s fundraising success grew with the organization and allowed CBF to move out of survival mode into programs that made a powerful and lasting impact on the region.

“It’s fitting that the BLT is back to honor Active Trans’ 30th,” said Neufeld.

The ride, taking place on Sunday, August 23, will start and finish at Memorial Grove on UIC’s Chicago campus (from 1989 through 2009, the start and finish were at the University of Chicago). BLT features four family-friendly distances to choose from that primarily use low-traffic streets:

>> The 14-mile route includes Chinatown, Bridgeport, Bronzeville, Burnham Park, and Chicago’s lakefront plus more. 14-mile riders can participate in Active Trans’ Safe City Cycling class and get on-street bicycling instruction from a trained cycling instructor.

>> The 28-mile route shares the first 8 miles of the 14-mile route through University Village, the Near South Side, Bridgeport, Bronzeville and Douglas neighborhoods. Riders will continue further south along the Lakefront to Hyde Park before returning north on the boulevard system.

>> The 36-mile route heads south along the Lakefront Trail to Hyde Park and passes through the University of Chicago. Heading northwest, the route continues through Bronzeville, Bridgeport and the Lower West Side on the way to visit three of Chicago’s premiere green spaces, Douglas Park, Garfield Park and the new 606 trails.

>> The 63-mile participants will see much of the 36-mile route before heading northwest, eventually reaching Forest Glen and the North Branch Trail as it runs through Niles and into Morton Grove. After refueling at the northernmost point, riders turn south back into the city and continue down to Logan Square where they will enjoy a ride along the new 606 trail.

All routes will conclude at UIC’s Memorial Grove with a post ride festival featuring music, Goose Island beer, a throwback apparel contest and hot dogs! Online registration closes on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at noon. Register before Friday, August 7 to save $5 for adults. (Day of registration will be available as well with an additional late fee). Register at bltride.org. Special discount code blvd3 for $3 off your online entry.

Jesse White Encourages Kids and Families to Follow the Bicycle Rules of the Road

Posted by Admin On July - 28 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will be encouraging safe bicycle riding including wearing helmets in order to protect kids.

Secretary White will speak about the importance of using the Bicycle Rules of the Road, with the helpful tips from the City of Chicago’s Bicycling Ambassadors and the Chicago Police Department. A bike rodeo and helmet giveaway will follow.

Bicycle Rules of the Road pamphlets will be available at the event.

The event will take place Tuesday, July 28 at 10 a.m., at  Eckhart Park (behind the field house) 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

During the summer, people on bicycles share our roads with cars and it is important to bike safely and always wear helmets.

Head injuries are the most serious type of injury and the most common cause of death for bicyclists. Bicycle helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of head and brain injury by as much as 85 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Greenline Wheels and Active Transportation Alliance Partner to Enhance Bike Education and Encouragement

Posted by Admin On July - 27 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


Greenline Wheels management shifts to Active Trans

CHICAGO, IL— Greenline Wheels, founded in 2010 by a local family seeking to elevate the bike friendliness of the Oak Park/River Forest community, announced today that is has partnered with the Active Transportation Alliance in a management agreement to further advance its mission.

Beginning in August, 2015, the Active Transportation Alliance will assume day-to-day management of Greenline Wheels, with an eye toward increasing bike education, encouragement and safety programming beginning in 2016. The Greenline Wheels office will remain at 105 South Marion Street in Oak Park, but education programs will also be offered in nearby suburbs and the West Side of Chicago.

Active Transportation Alliance is non-profit organization that strives to create communities that are healthy, vibrant and environmentally friendly through better biking, walking and transit. Active Trans works throughout metropolitan Chicago, and it has more than 7000 members. In Oak Park, Greenline Wheels and Active Transportation Alliance have collaborated to advocate for better bike facilities and to deliver bike safety training at District 97 elementary schools through the “Kids on Wheels” program.

“Active Trans brings forth a strong history of experience and expertise to Greenline Wheels and to the Oak Park and River Forest communities,” said Mary Jo Shuler, founder of Greenline Wheels. “Our shared goals of elevating bicycle safety with designated bike routes, bike parking and education has resulted in successful collaborations, and I am excited that Greenline Wheels will benefit from the full time involvement of Active Trans in the coming years.”

“Active Transportation Alliance shares Green Line Wheel’s mission to encourage more and better bicycling, and we’re excited to continue the great work they’ve done over the past five years,” said Ron Burke, Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “This partnership gives Active Trans a foothold in the near west region to foster and support the growing popularity of bicycling.”

In addition to bike education programs, Greenline Wheels offers retail services, including bike rentals and tours, winter bicycle training, and merchandise sales from its Oak Park office. Retail services will continue in 2015 under the new management, and an advisory group will be formed to assess education programs and potential changes to the retail operations in 2016.

Active Transportation Alliance Looks Toward the Future in Celebrating 30th Anniversary

Posted by Admin On July - 6 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Five game-changing goals and sister nonprofit organization announced

CHICAGO, IL – The Active Transportation Alliance marked its 30th anniversary by announcing two forward-looking initiatives: the 2020 TransFormation Campaign and the creation of a new sister non-profit called Walk Bike Go.

The 2020 TransFormation Campaign aims to achieve five bold goals in the next five years. The goals will capitalize on the great momentum already underway in the region to make biking, walking and transit dramatically easier and safer.

Bike Walk Go, the new sister organization, will focus on fee-for-service work while also exploring innovative mission-aligned partnerships and ventures, helping to amplify Active Trans’ goals of creating communities that are healthy, vibrant and environmentally friendly through better biking, walking and transit.

Founded in 1985 as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (CBF), Active Trans has been the leading civic voice contributing to a sea change in support for so-called “alternative transportation” by advocating for more funding, street design improvements like the addition of bike lanes and pedestrian refuge islands, transit expansion, safe routes to schools, and laws that reduce traffic crashes.

“We go back to when very few people biked in the Chicago region and ours was often a lone voice,” said Active Trans board member and CBF’s first Executive Director, Randy Neufeld. “Even 10 years ago, ideas like protected bike lanes, the Divvy bike-sharing program, thousands of daily bikes trips to Metra stations, or the thought that 6,000 bikes per day would travel Milwaukee Avenue would have been viewed as pipe dreams by most everyone!”

With the intention of building on this existing momentum now underway, Active Trans is launching the 2020 TransFormation Campaign to raise money that will be used to achieve five game-changing goals in the next five years. The five goals are

  1. Region-wide low-stress bike network: A dense, connected network of low-stress bike routes across Chicago and the suburbs.
  2. Transit Future: Funding for the “Transit Future” plan to build multiple new rapid transit projects.
  3. Biking/walking education in elementary schools: All public elementary schools in the state begin teaching biking and walking safety and encouragement.
  4. Mobility education in high schools: High school driver’s education becoming “mobility education” with bike, walk and transit training in addition to driving.
  5. Vision Zero: The state, the city of Chicago and suburbs adopt and implement comprehensive Vision Zero plans that focus on eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Thanks to ongoing efforts to influence legislation and policy at the state and local levels, Active Trans claims a long list of triumphs on behalf of people who bike, walk and take transit. Examples include state laws that require cars to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, create distracted driving restrictions, and clarify that cyclists can pass cars on the right. Active Trans has also played a key role in Chicago becoming a national leader in building protected and buffered bike lanes, the addition of Divvy bike sharing, trail expansion in the suburbs, and fighting for funding to keep transit affordable while improving and expanding service.

Active Trans also created Safe Routes to Schools programs and educated tens of thousands of children and adults on walking and biking safety. In addition, Active Trans’ annual Bike Commuter Challenge has engaged thousands of companies and encouraged tens of thousands of employees to incorporate biking in their work commutes.

Over its history, Active Trans’ expertise around cutting-edge transportation strategies led local, regional and state agencies to seek the organization’s help. This was the beginning of the fee-for-service consulting that enabled Active Trans to bring its know-how and passion to local transportation planning and safety initiatives. With a “seat at the table,” Active Trans has left its mark on transportation plans, programs and policies in Chicago and more than 100 suburbs, while also winning awards from the American Planning Association and other organizations.

“Where there is overlap between the goals of Active Trans and a city, that’s a platform for partnership,” said Active Transportation Alliance Executive Director Ron Burke. “The partnerships result in far better outcomes than if Active Trans participated from a distance, and cities get a good deal because we are a non-profit organization with low expenses; we’ll even do additional work and pay for it with other funds.”

Burke said the creation of Walk Bike Go will strengthen the fee-for-service and entrepreneurial work that Active Trans has carried out and distinguish it from the education, encouragement and advocacy programs for which the organization is better known.

Working with the city of Chicago, Active Trans provides pedestrian and bike safety education for roughly 70,000 people per year. For two other programs in Chicago, Active Trans is educating residents about transportation options in five Chicago neighborhoods and is helping produce 75 pop-up playgrounds in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods on the city’s South Side.

Through a contract with the Cook County Health Department, Active Trans is developing six active transportation plans for underserved municipalities in suburban Cook County, and helping eight underserved Cook County municipalities develop and implement Complete Streets policies. In addition, Active Trans is currently developing active transportation plans for the Villages of Lombard and Bensenville, and for the Kane County Department of Public Health, Active Trans is developing three small-scale walkability studies for underserved neighborhoods in Aurora, Elgin and Carpentersville.

Active Trans began the process to create Walk Bike Go more than one year ago. It is now legally incorporated and will begin to operate when its 501(c)(3) non-profit status is approved, which is expected later this year.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”: IDOT, State and Local Police Join Forces for Fourth of July

Posted by Admin On July - 2 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Safety Campaign: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

Emphasis on drunk drivers, seat belt law violators to last through Sunday

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Our nation’s birthday, arguably the most patriotic day of the year, falls in the middle of summer, when Americans are enjoying their freedom and the opportunity to participate in Fourth of July festivities with family and friends. But Independence Day can be one of the deadliest holidays for those who aren’t careful when their celebrations include alcohol. The holiday can quickly move from festive to fatal for those who choose to drive after drinking.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that it is partnering with Illinois State Police and more than 270 law enforcement agencies as part of an Independence Day crackdown on drunk driving and seat belt law violators. During the two-week enforcement campaign, which began June 22 and lasts through Sunday, motorists will see an increased effort to improve safety with hundreds of additional patrols, including roadside safety checks and seat belt enforcement zones.

“The extended holiday weekend is the perfect time to celebrate our independence and heritage,” said Jared Thornley, Director of IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety. “But we remind all Illinois residents that getting home safely is the key to enjoying this great holiday with family and friends. Do not ruin it by putting lives at risk.”

The message is simple – “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.”

If you’re caught driving drunk, you will be stopped and arrested. If you are unbuckled, you will get a ticket.

“DUI remains the number one cause of 4th of July fatal crashes,” said Illinois State Police Operations Col. Mike Zerbonia. “ISP troopers will be out in force this weekend cracking down on impaired drivers.  If you drink and drive, you will get caught and go to jail. Designate a driver before consuming alcohol.”

During the holiday crackdown, Illinois State Police will join law enforcement agencies across Illinois to conduct more than 100 roadside safety checks and 500 saturation patrols looking to remove drunk drivers from the roads. In addition, more than 550 seat belt enforcement zones will be conducted, more than half of which will be at night, when seat belt usage is typically at its lowest.

According to IDOT statistics, 63 people died in motor vehicle crashes over the last five Independence Day holiday periods, with 27 of those, or 43 percent, involving at least one driver who had been drinking.

The stepped-up effort comes as traffic fatalities in Illinois are slightly above last year’s totals. As of June 30, according to provisional IDOT data, 428 people died in on Illinois roads as compared to 405 during the same timeframe in 2014.

Illinois Motor Vehicle Crashes During Independence Day*

Crash Severity Persons Alcohol Involvement**
Year Total Days Fatal Injury Total Killed Injured Killed Percent of total killed Average killed per day
2014 3.25 12 NA NA 18 NA 3 17% 5.54
2013 4.25 17 658 2,660 18 945 6 33% 4.24
2012 1.25 3 187 758 4 280 2 50% 3.20
2011 3.25 12 571 2,106 13 875 9 69% 4.00
2010 3.25 10 538 2,101 10 793 7 70% 3.08

*Crashes that occurred from 6 p.m. on the day before the first full day of the holiday period to 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the holiday period.

**Fatalities resulting from crashes in which a driver had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.01 or greater.

IDOT Suspends Non-Emergency Road Work for Fourth of July Holiday Weekend

Posted by Admin On July - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Lanes opened where possible to improve traffic flow

SPRINGFIELD, IL – To improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for Fourth of July holiday travelers, the Illinois Department of Transportation today announced that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended, where possible, from 3 p.m., Thursday, July 2, until 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 6.

Lanes will be opened, where possible, but motorists should be alert as lane closures in some work zones will remain in effect. Please slow down, eliminate distractions and use extra caution while driving through all work zones. Work zone speed limits remain in effect where posted.

Here are the lane closures that will remain in place this weekend:

District 1

COOK COUNTY

  • IL 83 over the Cal-Sag Channel in Lemont Township will have one SB and one NB lane closed.
  • Salem Dr. in Schaumburg is one way southbound from IL 58 to Bode Rd.  A detour route is posted.
  • IL 83 from Harrison Ave. to Western/Dixie Highway, going east & westbound, one lane open in each direction; Western Ave/Dixie Hwy from 145th St. to 149th St. – one lane open in each direction. (Posen, IL)
  • 25th Avenue from St. Charles road to Lake Street in Bellwood and Melrose Park will be completely closed to traffic for long term construction.  There is a posted detour for traffic to follow.
  • Willow Road from IL 43 (Waukegan Road) to I-94: one lane in each direction will be open between Waukegan Rd. and I-94.
  • Illinois Route 171 over I-55: The following ramps are closed to traffic: Inbound I-55 to southbound Illinois Route 171 and outbound I-55 to southbound Illinois Route 171. The following ramps are open to traffic: Outbound I-55 to northbound Illinois Route 171 and inbound I-55 to northbound Illinois Route 171.
  • Illinois Route 171(First Avenue): Traffic heading southbound Illinois Route 171 from 47th Street has been detoured to the northbound Illinois 171. Traffic configuration is one lane each direction between Archer Ave and 47th Street. All ramps on southbound Illinois Route 171 closed to traffic.
  • Intersection improvement on IL 171 at 104th Ave/Willow Springs Rd. located in Willow Springs. NB and SB lanes of IL 171 between Willow Blvd and Rust; RIGHT TURN lanes at the intersection will be CLOSED. Permanent lane closures NB and SB. Permanent lane closures of left lane for work on median. Through lanes will be maintained with 1 lane open in each direction of all four legs.
  • Torrence Avenue is closed between 136th and 138th St. in Burnham. Follow Detour.(Note: this is a Bureau of Maintenance job not Construction)
  • IL 83 (Kingery Highway) has 1 lane closed in each direction; westbound lanes on (63rd St. Ditch) and at 63rd St. in Willowbrook will be closed for construction. A detour route is posted.

DUPAGE COUNTY

  • Warrenville Rd over the DuPage River is closed. Follow posted detour.
  • Williams Rd in Warrenville is closed. Follow posted detour.
  • IL 59, between Diehl Road and New York/Aurora Road will have two lanes open in each direction utilizing the median as one lane; between Meridian Parkway and North Aurora Road there is one lane NB under the METRA Bridge (viaduct). Between Diehl Road and Ferry Road there are two lanes SB and one lane NB over the I-88 Bridge.
  • East New York Street from Welsh Drive to Asbury Drive in Aurora – lane closure eastbound and westbound; one lane open in each direction.

KANE COUNTY

  • Jericho over Blackberry Creek – road closed, please follow detour signs.
  • Indian Trail Road over Fox River in Aurora is closed to traffic in both directions. There is posted detour route for traffic.
  • US 20 at Allen Road, Hampshire – traffic using temporary runarounds. One lane is open in each direction.
  • IL 25 is closed south of Stearns. Follow posted detour.

LAKE COUNTY

  • Lake Street is closed to traffic between IL 83 and Drury Lane in Grayslake with a posted detour in place.
  • IL 132 over Des Plaines River; Lane closures one lane open in each direction over the River.

Mc HENRY COUNTY

  • Noe Road is closed at the bridge over Rush Creek in Marengo Township with a posted detour in place.

WILL COUNTY

  • Blodgett Road at I-55 is closed with a detour posted.
  • Jackson St. Bridge over Des Plaines River in Joliet will be closed July 1-3 with a detour posted.
  • US 30 from I-55 to the west frontage road in Plainfield will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

District 2

CARROLL COUNTY

  • IL 40 is closed 1.3 miles west of Milledgeville at the bridge over Otter Creek. Traffic is being detoured on Shannon Road and US 52 while the bridge is removed and replaced.

WHITESIDE COUNTY

  • IL 40 over the Hennepin Canal at the south edge of Rock Falls. IL 40 is restricted to one lane in each direction as the bridge is replaced one half at a time.
  • IL 78 over French Creek at the south edge of Morrison. IL 78 is restricted to one lane and controlled by temporary traffic signals while the bridge is replaced one half at a time.
  • Garden Plain Road is closed west of Morrison while two culverts are being replaced. Traffic is using local roads around the culvert closures.

WINNEBAGO COUNTY

  • US 20 just east of IL 2 at the south edge of Rockford. Traffic is restricted to one lane in each direction as the bridges over the Rock River are replaced.
  • IL 2 from Harrison Avenue to Cedar Street in downtown Rockford. Traffic is restricted to one lane in each direction as the roadway pavement is removed and replaced two lanes at a time.

District 3

BUREAU COUNTY

  • I-80, MP 44; bridge replacements. One lane closed in each direction.
  • US 6, west edge of Sheffield; bridge deck replacement. One lane open, controlled by signals.

GRUNDY COUNTY

  • Minooka Road Bridge is closed over I-80; bridge replacement, no detour is posted.
  • Lisbon Road Bridge is closed over I-80; bridge replacement, no detour is posted.

IROQUOIS COUNTY

  • I-57, MP 297 to MP 283; Multiple projects, multiple work zones. One lane closed in each direction. Recommended alternate route is US 45.
  • IL 1, north of US 24 in Watseka; bridge replacement. One lane open, controlled by signals.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

  • Long Point Road, just west of IL 23; bridge deck replacement. One lane open, controlled by signals.

KANKAKEE COUNTY

  • I-57, MP 310; replacing Kankakee River bridges. One lane open in each direction.

District 4

PEORIA COUNTY

  • Allen Road at the IL 6 interchange will be reduced to one lane in each direction. In addition, Allen Road is closed from Alta Lane to Alta Road. Traffic is re-routed with a marked detour.

TAZEWELL COUNTY

  • The ramp from northbound I-155 to westbound I-74 and the ramp from westbound I-74 to southbound I-155 will be closed. Traffic will be routed via a marked detour.

KNOX COUNTY

  • Eastbound and westbound I-74 between mile marker 39 and 40, 6 miles north of Galesburg will be reduced to one lane in each direction for bridge reconstruction.
  • IL 97, one mile south of Maquon, will be reduced to one lane controlled by traffic signals for bridge reconstruction.

HENDERSON COUNTY

  • Carman Road will be reduced to one lane with signals at Ellison Creek, two miles north of Carman.

MARSHALL COUNTY

  • IL 89 one mile south of LaRose will be closed. Traffic will be routed via a marked detour.

PUTNAM COUNTY

  • IL 71 in Granville will have one lane of traffic controlled by traffic signals for box culvert reconstruction.

District 5

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

  • The structure carrying US 136 over the Sangamon River near Fisher will narrow down to one lane with barrier wall in place. Traffic signals will be in use to direct traffic.

DEWITT COUNTY

  • Interstate 74 between IL 54 (Farmer City) and Piatt County Highway 2 (Mansfield) will narrow down to one lane in each direction with barrier wall in place.

MCLEAN COUNTY

  • Business 55 / Veterans Parkway over Interstate 74 southwest of Bloomington. Northbound and southbound driving lanes on Business 55 are closed with barrier in place. Ramps from westbound I-74 to southbound I-55, westbound I-74 to northbound Business 55, eastbound I-74 to northbound Business 55 and southbound Business 55 to eastbound I-74 are closed. A marked traffic pattern is in use.
  • Old US 66 will be closed between Funks Grove and McLean, a marked detour is in place utilizing Interstate 55.

PIATT COUNTY

  • The structures carrying IL 105 over Interstate 72 and Camp Creek on the northeast side of Monticello will narrow down to one lane in each direction with barrier wall in place. Traffic signals will be in use to direct traffic.

VERMILION COUNTY

  • Interstate 74 between US 150 (Martin Luther King) and IL 49 will narrow down to one lane in each direction. The bridge carrying Vermilion County Highway 10 at Oakwood over Interstate 74 will narrow down to one lane. Traffic signals will be in use to direct traffic.
  • US 150 (Martin Luther King) between Oakwood and Interstate 74 over the Salt Fork Vermilion River next to Vermilion County Fairgrounds. US 150 will narrow down to one lane with barrier wall in place. Traffic signals will be in use to direct traffic.
  • IL 119 near Alvin over the North Fork Vermilion River. IL 119 will narrow down to one lane with barrier wall in place. Traffic signals will be in use to direct traffic.

District 6

ADAMS COUNTY

  • US 24 Bayview Bridge over the Mississippi River in Quincy. Bridge repair is reducing westbound traffic to one lane.

CASS COUNTY

  • IL 100/US 67 over the Illinois River located at Beardstown. Bridge repair is reducing traffic to one lane controlled by traffic signals.

LOGAN COUNTY

  • Interstate 55 over Kickapoo Creek located 5.3 miles north of Lincoln (MM 136). Bridge reconstruction is reducing northbound and southbound lanes to one lane.
  • Interstate 55 over abandoned railroad and over Race Street located south of Atlanta (MM 139 to MM 140). Bridge reconstruction is reducing northbound and southbound traffic to one lane.
  • IL 10 over Sugar Creek Overflow located 3 miles east of New Holland. Bridge reconstruction is reducing traffic to one lane controlled by traffic signals.

MORGAN COUNTY

  • IL 78 over Indian Creek located 3.7 miles south of the Morgan/Cass County line. Bridge reconstruction is reducing traffic to one lane controlled by traffic signals.

PIKE COUNTY

  • IL 104 over Brower Creek located 5 miles west of IL 107. Bridge reconstruction is reducing traffic to one lane controlled by traffic signals.

District 7

COLES COUNTY

  • Illinois Route 133 west of Oakland; bridge replacement; road closure with a marked detour in place.
  • Lerna Road south of Illinois Route 16; bridge rehabilitation; stage construction with one lane open, traffic signals and concrete barriers in place.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

  • Interstate 70 west of Greenup; bridge rehabilitation; stage construction with one lane open in each direction and concrete barriers in place.
  • Interstate 70 west of Greenup; pavement reconstruction; stage construction with one lane open in each direction.
  • US Route 40 east of Greenup; bridge replacement; road closure with a marked detour in place.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY

  • Interstate 57/70 around Effingham; major road reconstruction; stage construction with two lanes open in each direction on 57/70 and one lane open on 57 and on 70; concrete barriers in place.
  • Interstate 57 just south of the Watson interchange; bridge rehabilitation; stage construction with one lane open in each direction and concrete barriers in place.
  • Interstate 57 southbound at the Watson interchange; bridge rehabilitation; interchange closure with a marked detour in place.

EFFINGHAM/FAYETTE COUNTIES

  • Interstate 70 between Altamont and St. Elmo; pavement reconstruction; stage construction with one lane open in each direction and some concrete barriers in place.

FAYETTE COUNTY

  • Interstate 70 at Vandalia; bridge replacement; stage construction with one lane open in each direction utilizing median crossovers and concrete barriers in place.

MACON COUNTY

  • Business US Route 51/Illinois Route 105 at Lake Decatur on the south side of Decatur; bridge rehabilitation; stage construction with one lane open in each direction utilizing median crossovers and concrete barriers in place.

MOULTRIE COUNTY

  • Illinois Route 32 south of Sullivan over Lake Shelbyville; bridge rehabilitation; stage construction with one lane open, traffic signals and concrete barriers in place.

WABASH COUNTY

  • Illinois Route 1 north of Mt. Carmel; bridge replacement; stage construction with one lane open, traffic signals and concrete barriers in place.

WAYNE COUNTY

  • Illinois Route 15 east of Fairfield; bridge rehabilitation; stage construction with one lane open, traffic signals and concrete barriers in place.
  • Illinois Route 242 south of Wayne City; bridge replacement; stage construction with one lane open, traffic signals and concrete barriers in place.

District 8

MADISON COUNTY

  • IL 159 in Collinsville is reduced to one lane in each direction between Johnson Street and Mounds Avenue for pavement reconstruction.
  • The bridge carrying IL 4 over I-55 near Staunton is closed to all traffic.  This closure is necessary to replace the bridge deck. A marked detour is in place.
  • I-70 from I-55 to east of IL 143 near Highland is reduced to one lane in both the eastbound and the westbound directions for pavement reconstruction and resurfacing.

ST. CLAIR COUNTY

  • IL 13 under IL 15 near Belleville is closed to all traffic. The closure is needed to construct new structures.
  • IL 15 east of IL 159 in Belleville is reduced to one lane in each direction. This lane restriction is needed to construct the new eastbound IL 15 structure.
  • Rieder Road over I-64 is closed for interchange construction.
  • I-255 is reduced to two of three lanes in both the northbound and southbound lanes between IL 15 and IL 157 for bridge repairs.

RANDOLPH COUNTY

  • Roots Road, between Oakview Road and Collins Road, will be closed for the removal and replacement of the existing bridge deck carrying Roots Road over the Union Pacific Railroad.

District 9

HARDIN COUNTY

  • IL1, five miles north of Cave In Rock. Bridge construction. Traffic reduced to one lane controlled by temporary signals.

JEFFERSON COUNTY

  • I-57 (Milepost 95 to Milepost 96) / I-64 (Milepost 74 to Milepost 75) just north of Mt. Vernon. Pavement replacement. Traffic is reduced to two lanes northbound and southbound.
  • I-57 Milepost 96 to Milepost 98 north of Mt. Vernon. Pavement replacement. Traffic is reduced to one lane northbound and southbound.
  • I-64 Eastbound Milepost 72 to Milepost 74 northwest of Mt. Vernon. Pavement replacement. Traffic is reduced to one lane.
  • IL 142 east edge of Mt. Vernon. Box Culvert Replacement. Traffic reduced to one lane controlled by temporary signals.

JACKSON COUNTY

  • IL 13 east edge of Murphysboro. Bridge construction. Traffic is reduced to one lane eastbound and westbound utilizing crossovers.

JOHNSON COUNTY

  • IL 146 at Grantsburg. Bridge construction. Traffic is reduced to one lane controlled by temporary signals.

UNION COUNTY

  • US 51 near Dongola. Pavement rehabilitation. The entrance ramp from US 51 to I-57 southbound is closed.

WHITE COUNTY

  • I-64 Milepost 123. Bridge repair. Traffic is reduced to one lane eastbound and westbound.
  • IL 141 from US 45 to IL 1. Bridge Construction. Road closed to all traffic. Marked detour in place.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

  • IL 13 / Division Street at Carterville. Intersection reconstruction. Division Street south of IL 13 is reduced to one lane – one way traffic southbound only.

Bike to Work, Track Your Trips and Win Cool Prizes With Bike Commuter Challenge, June 12-19

Posted by Admin On June - 11 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The Active Transportation Alliance’s Bike Commuter Challenge, in partnership with Bike Chicago and Chicago Bike Week, is an annual celebration of bike commuting. Last year, more than 6,200 Chicagoland employees from 946 companies logged their bike trips during the week. Participating employers included Groupon, Orbitz, Motorola, WBEZ, Chicago Sun-Times, The Field Museum, Allstate Insurance, the Village of Niles and many others.

This year, participants can track trips on the go with our new trip tracking app; they can also view other team’s current standings at www.bikecommuterchallenge.org – a great feature for organizations looking to add a little friendly competition into the Challenge. (We recommend social media sparring – and encourage participants to give their competitors a public nudge for a good cause!)

It’s easy to participate. You don’t have to bike all the way every day, just one bike trip to your local bus or train stop during the challenge counts towards your team’s total. Anyone can sign up for free at www.bikecommuterchallenge.org.

“Whether you bike commute every day or want to try it out, we can get you rolling to work,” said Ron Burke, Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “Nearly 20 percent of our participants last year were biking to work for the first time and nearly 42 percent were women. We’ve got all the tools and encouragement you need to get to work on two wheels.”

Throughout Bike Commuter Challenge, Active Trans will host morning Pit Stops for bike commuters in Chicago. We’ll have free Dark Matter Coffee, bike mechanical checks, morning snacks and cool bike-related give-a-ways. Get the full pit stop schedule at http://bikecommuterchallenge.org/page/pit_stop_schedule. Additionally, we will be set up at the official Bike to Work Rally at Daley Plaza Friday June 19. You can learn more about Chicago Bike Week events at www.bikechicago.us.

Programs like the Bike Commuter Challenge are a core part of our organization’s mission – to make it easier and more fun for people to ride a bike, walk and use public transit. In addition to directly encouraging people to try out a two-wheeled commute, the Bike Commuter Challenge activates new champions for bringing healthy and sustainable transportation options to Chicago and showcases the broad-based support for streets that are safer and better for all.

About Active Transportation Alliance

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is supported by more than 7,000 members and 1,000 volunteers. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

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