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New Employee Spotlight: Jason Salley

What do LEGOs, Lincoln Logs and Capsela have in common with roundabouts and diverging diamond interchanges? For Jason Salley, the latter helped him understand his role as District 1 Geometric Studies Unit head.

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New New test track to aid pavement assessment and research

A new 1-mile test track under construction in Clinton County will help IDOT learn more about the pavement conditions of the roads motorists rely on.

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Collaboration creates Litchfield Route 66 prairie

Illinois’ section of Route 66 offers many tourist attractions. A new stop along the “Mother Road” allows visitors to see a vast prairie filled with pollinators.

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New IDOT employees honored for saving woman

District 7 Highway Maintainers James McWhirter and Brian Campbell were not expecting to be heroes when checking on roads on a frigid January morning. Yet they were after saving an elderly woman with dementia on the verge of freezing to death.

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Letting 101: A guided tour through IDOT's bid letting process

The letting process is a critical step to bring hundreds of transportation infrastructure projects throughout Illinois from planning to shovels in ground. Over the course of the year, the Illinois Department of Transportation has seven regularly scheduled lettings. Thanks to Gov. JB Pritzker and his historic Rebuild Illinois capital program, the number of projects happening in Illinois has significantly increased. Click here to learn about our bid letting process.

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New signs direct motorists to alternative fueling sites

The blue signs seen along Illinois interstates will show more than places to eat, sleep and get gas. New signs are going up this summer to show motorists relying on EV, CNG and LPG where to refuel so they can reach their destination.

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Employee Spotlight Bill Viste, Project Coordinator, Division of Aeronautics

Watching the planes fly in and out of Chicago’s Midway Airport was the beginning of Bill Viste’s pursuit of an aviation career. Since then it has taken flight at IDOT to help the agency gain a higher-level perspective for its many construction projects and initiatives.

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Secretary Omer Osman
Meet the Secretary: Omer Osman Reflects on IDOT Journey

Being confirmed as the 13th person to lead the Illinois Department of Transportation is the latest chapter in Secretary Omer Osman’s remarkable life and career. Learn more about his thoughts and plans for IDOT.

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Employee Spotlight: George Tapas, Engineer of Local Roads

Learn more about how IDOT’s Engineer of Local Roads and Streets plans to utilize his vast transportation experience to assist with the planning, finance, design, construction and maintenance of local transportation systems for Illinois.

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New Multi-Year Program continues Rebuild Illinois’ progress

Learn more about the new Multi-Year Program that continues the promises made by Governor JB Pritzker’s historic, bipartisan Rebuild Illinois capital program.

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Employee Spotlight: Michael Walton, Engineer of Day Labor

Learn more about the person who leads IDOT’s in-house construction company, which performs emergency repairs on roads and bridges across Illinois.

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Employee spotlight: Region 1 Engineer Jose Rios

Learn more about IDOT’s newest regional engineer and the career milestones that brought him to this top position.

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RRFBs: Helping pedestrians cross streets safely

Learn more about Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons and how they increase pedestrian safety by raising awareness for motorists.

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IDOT on the path to extend the Kickapoo Rail Trail

Work includes construction of an 88-foot-tall bridge near Danville.

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Humble Heroes

Humble heroes aren't in it for the fame.

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Look Out Below!

I-290 pump station takes shape.

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Holly Bieneman: Director of Planning and Programming

Holly Bieneman has been appointed director of the Office of Planning and Programming.

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IDOT Delivers During Pandemic

IDOT went the extra mile(s) to deliver during pandemic.

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Bridge Network Upgrade

A historic bridge network in downtown Joliet gets an upgrade.

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IDOT Addresses Equality

A message from Secretary Osman concerning equality.

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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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100 Days of Flooding in June

Illinois hit 100 consecutive days of severe flooding on June 18.


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Chicago Fire Department Training
ETP Hosts Chicago Fire Department for Specialized Training

Emergency Traffic Patrol staff recently hosted a three-day training in conjunction with the Chicago Fire Department.

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Diversity and Recruitment
District 8 Hosts Engineering Academies

With an assist from District 8, Diversity and Recruitment conducted engineering academies July 15 and 16 for 80 ninth- and 10th-grade Math Science Upward Bound students in East St. Louis.

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Rebuild Illinois
Governor Pritzker Signs $45 Billion Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan

Gov. JB Pritzker recently signed a historic, bipartisan bill that gives Illinois its first capital plan in nearly a decade – and the most robust in state history.

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