SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Transportation is announcing two webinars for the public to weigh in on the agency's next five-year transit plan.
Secretary of Transportation Ann Schneider said Wednesday the online meetings will take place on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29. Each is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
They will address plans for building or repairing highways, bridges, airports and train routes for 2015 to 2020.
IDOT engineers will host the webinars designed to give residents and businesses a chance to better understand and discuss project priorities.
The webinars are in addition to 16 informational meetings and feedback sessions IDOT hosted earlier this year throughout the state.
Participating in the webinars requires reserving space online.
Online: Multiyear transportation planning: http://tinyurl.com/pwthj5p
Area transportation officials are trying to make it as easy as possible for fans to travel into downtown St. Louis for the Cardinals and Blues games today. The Redbirds open postseason play at Busch Stadium with a 4:07 first pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Blues open their regular season against the Nashville Predators with a 7:30 faceoff at Scottrade Center.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds drivers heading eastbound on Interstate 70 they now have the option of taking the new Tucker Boulevard exit ramp and following the new section of Tucker into downtown. The Pine Street entrance to westbound Interstate 64/40 opened on Wednesday. MODOT also says it will not have any work zones in the city of St. Louis prior to the games.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will postpone westbound lane restrictions on Interstate 64 and Interstate 55/70 in the Metro East until 8 p.m.
And Metro transit spokeswoman Patti Beck says the agency will have extra staff on duty today and will be prepared to add MetroLink trains should there be signs of crowding.
IDOT and MoDOT continue bi-annual bridge inspections tomorrow. Wednesday, crews had lanes closed on the Chain of Rocks and Clark Bridges.
Thursday, the eastbound right lane on the MLK Bridge will be closed from 8 AM to noon. The eastbound left lane will remain open.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Construction work on Illinois highways will be suspended for the Labor Day weekend to improve the flow of traffic and increase safety.
That's the word from the Illinois Department of Transportation, which announced its plans Tuesday. IDOT officials hope that by opening up as many traffic lanes as possible they will reduce congestion and make the holiday weekend more enjoyable for travelers.
Work will be put on hold starting at 3 p.m. Friday and will continue through midnight Monday.
The Department of Transportation reminds motorists that work zone speed limits remain in effect when they are posted, even if no workers are on site.
IDOT is hoping the third time is a charm as they have the McKinley Bridge scheduled to be closed, starting tonight.
The work to seal the deck of the bridge has been delayed twice before this weekend. The span will close at 9 PM tonight and should reopen by 5 AM on Monday. The work was previously postponed due to high flood waters and rain in the forecast.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois has suspended non-emergency roadwork to help keep traffic moving over the July Fourth holiday weekend, the most heavily traveled summer holiday.
The Illinois Department of Transportation says the halt to construction began Wednesday afternoon and will continue through Sunday.
Thousands of motorists are expected to travel on state roadways during the holiday period.
Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider says the construction freeze will also improve safety.
Motorists planning their trips will be able to see a list of construction-related lane closures on the department's website.
It is also reminding drivers that work zone speed limits remain in effect even when workers are not present.
A sigh of relief from Illinois drivers. IDOT has postponed this weekend's planned closure of the McKinley Bridge.
Crews were set to clean and seal the bridge. IDOT said they delayed the work because of the possibility of rain. The work has been rescheduled for the weekend of July 12, but that is work is dependent on weather.
This is the second time work has been delayed--it was originally scheduled for the weekend of the Komen Race for the Cure.
A quick traffic note. IDOT will close the McKinley Bridge this weekend.
Crews will close the bridge starting Friday at 10 PM. They will be cleaning the bridge's driving surface and applying a deck sealant. All work should be complete by 5 AM on Monday.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois transportation officials say they're gearing up for busy roadways this Memorial Day weekend and have a plan to reduce congestion.
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Thursday that non-emergency roadwork will be suspended to improve traffic flow at the unofficial start of summer.
Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider says the move helps ensure safety with the increase of motorists expected on the roads.
The suspension starts 3 p.m. on Friday through midnight Monday.
Transportation officials are urging motorists to obey posted speed limits and that posted limits are still in effect for construction zones even if there's no construction in the works.
Road closures are underway on the Chain of Rocks Bridge.
The daily closures are set to run from 9 AM to 7 PM every weekday for the next two weeks. Today and tomorrow, the westbound right lane will be closed. Then through the end of the week, the westbound left lane will be closed.
The closures will move to the eastbound lanes next week. All work and closures are weather permitting, but IDOT hopes to have the work completed by May 17.