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View up to date information on how Illinois is handling the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the Illinois Department of Public Health

A message from IDOT concerning COVID-19

A Message from IDOT Concerning COVID-19

The Illinois Department of Transportation is taking several steps to help reduce the risk of COVID-19, while keeping our commitment to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees.

We take this obligation very seriously.

At IDOT, under the leadership of Gov. JB Pritzker, the agency will continue to focus on keeping infrastructure in safe and in good condition.

We remain open for business at this time with a special focus on our critical mission of maintaining a safe, reliable system of transportation for Illinois. Our roads and bridges are open and will stay open. Maintenance and operations staff remain on duty throughout the state, as usual, with the No. 1 goal again of providing safe, reliable transportation for all users.  

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Updates

New Trucker Appreciation Events at Weigh Stations

IDOT is working with groups to show appreciation to truck drivers by providing free food to truckers.

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Fast Facts

FAQs

  • Q: Will IDOT crews still be working on the roads and patching potholes during this time?
    • A: Maintenance and operations staff remain on duty throughout the state, monitoring and maintaining roads and bridges as usual, with the No. 1 goal of providing safe, reliable transportation for all users.
  • Q: Are there discussions about stopping projects and focusing solely on maintenance?
    • A: No. Construction is ongoing, with no plans to stop, suspend or accelerate projects. Across the nation, highway construction continues as an essential infrastructure activity. Illinois is no different. We’ve been in daily contact with our industry partners to keep this construction season on schedule.
  • Q: Are speed limits being relaxed due to decreased traffic volumes?
    • A: All existing speed limits are being enforced.
  • Q: Will I need a special ID to travel on Illinois roads?
    • A: No, a special ID is not required to travel on Illinois roads.
  • Q: Are rest areas starting to close?
    • No. Rest areas are open, and every effort is being made to keep them open. They are being cleaned diligently and frequently. A few are closed because of construction or maintenance issues. If we do have to close a building, the parking lots will remain open. A map of rest areas and their status can be found at www.GettingAroundIllinois.com.
  • Q. Are Amtrak state-supported trains still running?
    • A: The Hiawatha Service between Chicago and Milwaukee is currently suspended and substituted with bus service. Despite a reduction in frequencies and the statewide stay-at-home order, state-supported Amtrak trains are still running downstate and providing an essential mode of transportation during these difficult times. The state-supported downstate routes are Lincoln Service, Illini/Saluki and Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg. More details can be found at www.Amtrak.com.
  • Q: Is IDOT going to close roads to complete projects faster while the stay-at-home order is in place?
    • A: IDOT is not paying to accelerate any projects, but contractors may be able to self-accelerate because they will not have the volumes of traffic to contend with while receiving materials and working at construction sites. Contractors may also have lanes available to them for longer hours during the day.
  • Q: What is defined as essential travel?
    • A:  Some examples of essential travel are grocery shopping, seeking necessary healthcare and traveling to and from essential jobs. For more information regarding essential travel, please click here or visit the State of Illinois COVID-19 website at www.coronavirus.illinois.gov.
  • Q: If I have to travel for essential reasons, what are some key travel tips to follow?
    • A: To minimize your possible exposure to the coronavirus while traveling for essential reasons, you are advised to maintain social distance from others you encounter, wear a mask or other face covering, limit your touching of surfaces and wash your hands immediately when you have returned to your home.  Information regarding steps to take regarding travel can be found at the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website.
  • Q: What’s being done to protect workers out in the field?
    • A: Safety is always foremost at IDOT, especially during this difficult time. Safety plans in place for all projects and IDOT activities are continually being evaluated and assessed. Some of the safety measures currently include: limiting the number of people on a job site, keeping a 6-foot distance and performing meetings online or via conference call, avoiding sharing tools, utilizing disposable hand towels and no-touch trash receptacles, and instructing workers to change work clothes before or immediately after arriving home. To comply with the governor’s directive on the use of masks in public and as an additional safety precaution, IDOT is providing its employees with the appropriate resources.
  • Q: If I’m able to, where can I donate essential personal protective equipment or other items to help fight COVID-19?
  • Q: How do I pay my toll since there is no one manning the toll booths?
    • A: Toll roads are under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Tollway, not IDOT. Information regarding paying tolls online can be found at www.illinoistollway.com.
  • Q: My driver’s license is expiring. How can I renew it? What about my vehicle registration?
    • A: Those services are performed by the Secretary of State and not IDOT. Information regarding those and other issues can be found at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.
  • Q: Are Illinois weigh stations still open and are trucks required to stop?
    • A: Weigh stations are currently unstaffed with Illinois State Police personnel during the stay-at-home order. However, each location has a posted sign that indicates the current status of the location. If the station happens to be open, then the truck should follow directions and report to the scale. If the truck is equipped with a weigh station bypass system, such as PrePass or Drivewyze, then the driver should follow the directions from its bypass system. 
  • Q: How is the COVID-19 pandemic and governor’s stay-at-home order impacting motor fuel tax?
    • A: The state’s motor fuel tax continues to be collected. The longer-term impacts due to decreased traffic will continue to be monitored. 
  • Q: Is IDOT still filling employment vacancies during the COVID-19 pandemic?
    • A: The department has ceased posting vacancies and conducting interviews at this time. The department is still looking at various strategies for conducting interviews for candidates who previously applied. Please continue to visit the Employment Opportunities page for information about vacancies as they become available and how to apply for employment at IDOT.
  • Q: Are procurements and bidding for contracts continuing during the COVID-19 pandemic?
    • A: Yes, procurements and bidding for contracts for IDOT projects are continuing. Please click here for more information.
  • Q: Where can I find the status of a designated testing site for COVID-19?
    • A: Please visit the state’s coronavirus response testing site, www.coronavirus.illinois.gov, for information regarding testing sites, hours of availability and criteria to be tested. Please note hours of operation are subject to change due to testing availability. The website will be updated periodically as more testing sites become operational.
  • Q: What is going to happen to public meetings?
    • A: Following the governor’s stay-at-home order, IDOT has postponed all public meetings until further notice. The department recently hosted a virtual public meeting online as a pilot effort and will continue to explore that option going forward.
  • Q: What is the status of the Adopt-A-Highway program?
    • A: All Adopt-A-Highway groups have been asked to cancel their spring cleanup dates. Additional guidance on when normal cleanup schedules can resume will be forthcoming. When time and weather permits, IDOT maintenance staff has been doing some litter pickup in recent weeks.   
  • Q: Any restrictions on when and how I can fill up on gas?
    • A: Gas stations remain open. According to CDC guidelines, use disinfecting wipes on handles or buttons before you touch them, if they are available. After fueling, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when you get home or somewhere with soap and water.