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Winter weather
5:58 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Ill. officials gearing-up for snow and ice season

IDOT and the Illinois State Police are gearing up for winter weather.
SLPRnews

The Ill. Dept. of Transportation (IDOT) and Ill. State Police want drivers to be prepared for winter weather. Both agencies have launched the annual "Ice and Snow-Take it Slow" campaign.

Joe Monroe, operation engineer with IDOT, says during a winter storm drivers should use common sense and postpone trips that aren't necessary. If you do have to get out, allow plenty of time to get to your destination and stay behind plows.

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High-speed trains in Illinois
5:38 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Work on high-speed rail continues in Illinois

(map courtesy of the Illinois Dept. of Transportation)

State and federal officials held a meeting in Alton Thursday on plans to upgrade train tracks between St. Louis and Chicago to allow for high-speed service.

Work is already underway to improve tracks and road crossings in Illinois to allow for higher-speed trains three times per day. But Mike Garcia with the Illinois Department of Transportation says officials want to be able offer more service through their partner, Amtrak.

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Illinois Government
5:57 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Quinn appoints Illinois transportation secretary

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Gov. Pat Quinn has appointed a new leader for the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Quinn on Monday named Ann Schneider to be secretary of the state transportation department. Schneider has been acting secretary since July and previously was chief of operations for the department. Schneider also was chief fiscal officer for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and in the Governor's Office of Management and Budget.

The governor also named John Holton as director of the Illinois Department on Aging.

Quinn also made other appointments, including:

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Road, bridge closures in downtown St. Louis
3:27 pm
Thu October 13, 2011

More road closures in downtown St. Louis this weekend

(via Flickr/Zahlm)

It's going to be another tough weekend to get into and out of downtown St. Louis.

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Memorial Holiday
12:44 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Mo. and Ill. plan to step up enforcement over holiday weekend

The Missouri Highway Patrol and Illinois police will increase enforcement along highways and interstates over the Memorial Day weekend.
Flickr/Mid-America Public Safety Police/Fire

Police and transportation officials in Mo. and Ill. plan to boost enforcement over the Memorial Day weekend.

The Missouri Highway Patrol will again participate in Operation C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction Effort.) Troopers will be on alert for all traffic offenses, especially aggressive and impaired drivers.

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Cycling Accident Statistics
5:22 pm
Mon April 25, 2011

Ill. to begin documenting "dooring" statistics from bicycle accidents

A bicycle tire.
(via Flickr/photohome_uk)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.

The Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't keep statistics on accidents unless a moving car is involved.  That's why Ed Barsotti with the League of Illinois Bicyclists says "dooring" was invisible in state record books.

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Work Zone Safety Week
1:52 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

"Watch the signs, get off your cell phones, drive your car" is message during Work Zone Safety Week

(via Flickr/Mykl Roventine)

Officials with the Missouri and Illinois Departments of Transportation are joining efforts to highlight Work Zone Safety Week, which begins today and runs through Friday.

With the start of spring in St. Louis, crews will be increasing construction efforts, patching potholes and resurfacing roads.

Ed Hassinger is district engineer with MoDOT. He says last year in St. Louis there were 2,500 accidents in work zones and eight people died.

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Business, high-speed rail
3:27 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

High-speed rail hosts last open house

Pictured here in 2009, proposed lines in Springfield, Ill. for the Chicago/St. Louis high-speed rail route.
(via Flickr/aka Kath)

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will host the last open house tomorrow to answer questions about the high-speed rail project between St. Louis and Chicago.

The public meetings, which began March 1, are aimed at answering questions about a recent environmental study. The study evaluates the impact of adding a second track to the high-speed route.

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Illinois Road Enforcement
2:22 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

How much will that DUI or seat belt violation cost you? New data out in Illinois, enforcement up

Illinois law enforcement officials will be increasing their efforts over the holiday season by targeting drivers who are intoxicated and those not wearing seatbelts. (Julie Bierach, St. Louis Public Radio)

Of course, you should never drink and drive or be in a moving car without wearing a seatbelt, but Illinois motorists will want to be especially mindful this holiday season.

Illinois State Police and local law enforcement are stepping up enforcement on impaired drivers and unbelted motorists this holiday season in what they're calling  the "You Drink and Drive, You Lose/Click It or Ticket Holiday Crackdown."

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Winter weather
8:53 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Winter weather wreaks havoc on area roads

The Missouri Department of Transportation is asking drivers to stay off the roads unless they have to drive, at least for now.

Freezing rain overnight turned area highways into skating rinks for early morning commutes. At one point on Wednesday night, sections of Interstates 70, 44 and 55 were closed in the St. Louis area because of accidents.

150 MoDOT trucks salted the roads overnight, says the agency's Kara Price.

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