Illinois Budget Status

July 7, 6:15 P.M.


The Illinois Department of Transportation recently advised that due to a lack of appropriated funding, work on all contracts was to cease by the close of business June 30, 2017.  Legislation has passed providing the necessary appropriations.  Work on contracts can now resume. 

The public is advised to be especially cautious traveling in and around work zones as lane closures are reestablished in some locations. Please be prepared to slow down for workers and equipment.

July 4, 8:00 P.M.

Although the General Assembly has taken action, there still is not an approved budget for the state.  Therefore, Illinois Department of Transportation projects remain suspended until final budget action occurs. We will continue to update this website with the latest information.

July 1, 12:00 A.M.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has suspended projects as of July 1 due to the lack of a state budget.

This shutdown impacts highway, rail, transit and aeronautics projects that involve contracts that have been let and awarded by the state, as well as any engineering and consultant contracts.

This page will be updated if the situation changes.


Q: How is IDOT affected by the budget impasse?

A: Without a budget, IDOT does not have appropriation authority, meaning the agency cannot pay contractors for the work they do for the state. All planning, engineering and construction projects – highway, freight and passenger rail, transit, aeronautics and accessibility accommodations – have been placed on hold.

Q: Do I still need to follow the posted speed in a work zone if all construction has halted?

A: Yes. While construction may not be active, motorists are still required to obey all posted speeds while traveling through work zones regardless of active construction. Some locations may have work zone speed limit signs in place, as conditions still require reduced speeds in those areas.

Q: Road construction was underway at a site I passed. I thought all highway construction projects had stopped?

A: Active work zone are being demobilized and construction is not progressing. It is important that work zones remain safe and secure for the traveling public.

Q: Who is making sure that it is safe to travel on state roads?

A: IDOT is required to continue to ensure that roadways are safe for the traveling public. Staff will continue to monitor and maintain the state highway system even though construction has come to a stop.

Q: Will you still be performing regular maintenance activities, such as pothole patching?

A: Yes. IDOT staff will continue working and performing routine maintenance activities.