Illinois Department of Transportation http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Driving In East St. Louis Soon? Here's Where Traffic Might Slow You Down http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/driving-east-st-louis-soon-heres-where-traffic-might-slow-you-down <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re headed from downtown to East St. Louis over the next 9 days, expect traffic.</span></p><p>Eastbound I-64 will be closed from the I-55/70/64 split to 25<sup>th</sup> Street in East St. Louis.&nbsp;</p><p>The closure starts tonight at 9 p.m. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The interstate is scheduled to reopen on Monday, Sept.&nbsp;</span>23<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Advice from the Illinois Department of Transportation:</strong></p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:42:10 +0000 Kate Essig 29885 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Driving In East St. Louis Soon? Here's Where Traffic Might Slow You Down Look: Structural Work Completed On New 'Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/look-structural-work-completed-new-stan-musial-veterans-memorial-bridge <p><em>Updated 3:43 p.m. and 3:53 p.m.</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Three and a half years after the project began, the structural work is done on the new Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of Ironworkers Local 396 maneuvered the 30,000-pound steel girder into place on Friday, officially connecting the $667 million bridge that will carry Interstate 70 over the river.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Watch its last few movements:</span></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:20:40 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & Erin Williams 28585 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Look: Structural Work Completed On New 'Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge' Standards For Minority, Female Worker Participation Set In IDOT, Union Agreement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/standards-minority-female-worker-participation-set-idot-union-agreement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Illinois Department of Transportation and labor unions have signed off on an agreement that sets requirements for state-funded bridge and road projects.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Union and church leaders met with Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider at the new Mississippi River Bridge Wednesday, celebrating the new Project Labor Agreement that will set standards for minority and female participation.</span></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:46:54 +0000 Chris McDaniel 10384 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Standards For Minority, Female Worker Participation Set In IDOT, Union Agreement Illinois OK's Funding For Poplar Street Bridge Changes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-oks-funding-poplar-street-bridge-changes <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has promised his state's share of the $80 million needed to widen and upgrade the Poplar Street Bridge.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 20:27:12 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 5666 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois OK's Funding For Poplar Street Bridge Changes East-West Gateway Signs Off On Poplar Street Bridge Upgrades http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-west-gateway-signs-poplar-street-bridge-upgrades <p>The East-West Gateway Council of Governments has signed off on a set of upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge.</p><p>The improvements include a two-lane ramp from northbound I-55 and the addition of a fifth eastbound lane to the bridge.</p><p>Jim Wild is the Assistant Executive Director at East-West. He says the way the bridge is currently constructed leads to daily traffic backups.</p><p>"As you go eastbound on I-64, we drop from 3 lanes down to two lanes, and then it increases to 4 lanes over the bridge and that creates a choke point," Wild said.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 22:13:37 +0000 Adam Allington 4715 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East-West Gateway Signs Off On Poplar Street Bridge Upgrades Illinois and Missouri agree on Poplar Street Bridge upgrades http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-and-missouri-agree-poplar-street-bridge-upgrades <p>Illinois and Missouri officials appear to agree on a series of phased upgrades to the Poplar Street Bridge.</p><p>The plan would add a third eastbound I-64 lane over the bridge, as well as provide a two-lane onramp from northbound I-55.</p><p>MoDOT District Engineer Ed Hassinger says the $80 million in upgrades will go a long way toward smoothing the flow of traffic over the Mississippi. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 21:52:15 +0000 Adam Allington 4607 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois and Missouri agree on Poplar Street Bridge upgrades IDOT launches road safety campaign http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/idot-launches-road-safety-campaign <p>Starting today, motorists in Illinois will see safe driving messages on the state&#39;s digital road signs.</p><p>The campaign from the Illinois Department of Transportation is an effort to reduce the number of fatal accidents in the state. So far this year, 479 people have died on Illinois roads, compared with 418 by the same time last year.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 11:34:26 +0000 Tim Lloyd 4079 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org IDOT launches road safety campaign Metro East officials fight to keep Mo. bridge ramp open http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/metro-east-officials-fight-keep-mo-bridge-ramp-open <p>Plans to re-route Interstate 70 over the new Mississippi River Bridge are facing a roadblock from stakeholders in the Metro East. The $55 million project includes eliminating the east-bound ramp that connects Interstates 70 and 44 to the Poplar Street Bridge.</p><p>St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern told the East-West Gateway Council of Governments Wednesday that cutting access to the bridge would strangle an already struggling economy.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 22:50:08 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3717 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Metro East officials fight to keep Mo. bridge ramp open Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-may-1-2012 <p><strong>Victim of tent collapse died of blunt force trauma</strong></p><p>The St. Louis medical examiner says a man who was killed when a <a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tent-collapse-kills-one-downtown-st-louis">tent collapsed</a> near Busch Stadium on Saturday died of blunt force trauma.</p><p>58-year-old Alfred Goodman of Waterloo, Ill., was the only fatality when a party tent at Kilroy&rsquo;s Sports Bar blew apart in a violent thunderstorm. 100 people were treated at the scene, and another 16 taken to local hospitals.</p> Tue, 01 May 2012 12:29:45 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 3605 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 IDOT unveils 6-year, $9.2 billion road program http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/idot-unveils-6-year-92-billion-road-program <p>The Quinn administration says it will&nbsp;repair 2,300 miles of road and 500 bridges over the next six years&nbsp;as it uses the last dollars from a massive public-works program.</p><p>The Illinois Department of Transportation <a href="http://www.dot.state.il.us/press/r043012.html">announced</a> the latest&nbsp;update to <a href="http://www.dot.il.gov/hip1318/hwyimprov.htm">its road plan</a> Monday. It calls for spending $9.2 billion&nbsp;by the year 2018.</p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 18:15:01 +0000 The Associated Press 3601 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org IDOT unveils 6-year, $9.2 billion road program