Kristin McHugh/Peoria Public Radio

Illinois will spend more than $11 billion on maintaining and replacing roads and bridges in the next six years.

Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the program Tuesday in Peoria, where $205 million – the largest single chunk of the plan -- will be used to replace the McClugage Bridge.

Illinois Rules of the Road 2014

As Illinois transitions from the winter season to construction season, repair projects on two popular thoroughfares in northern Illinois are getting underway.

People who regularly travel Illinois 2 in Ogle County may want to look for an alternative over the next several months, starting Monday. 

"Snow Plow" by Flickr User June Marie / (CC x 2.0)

The snowfall Christmas Eve gave notice that winter is here in Illinois, and with it hazardous conditions. A recent redesign of the Illinois Department of Transportation website,, aims to make winter road condition information more convenient and accessible for drivers.

The update includes more detailed reports on snow coverage that are recorded by plow drivers out in the field. The information is continually fed onto the website through a cloud-based system.

IDOT Preparing For Heavy Eclipse Traffic

Aug 7, 2017

The best viewing spots for the solar eclipse later this month will be in southern Illinois, and IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell said the agency is preparing for crowds of up to 200,000 people traveling roads like US 51, Illinois 13, and Interstate 57. 

"We've already made plans to lift any lane closures on major projects in that area to help the flow of traffic," he said. "We're prepared to have temporary portable message boards brought in, just in case, to help with messaging and traffic flow." 

By William Warby ( [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The Illinois Department of Transportation is revising its mowing routes along state highways this spring and summer to only 15 feet beyond the edge of the roadway. 

The move is meant to encourage the growth of critical plant species like milkweed, a primary source of food for pollinators including monarch butterflies. 

The monarch butterfly is the Illinois state insect. Its population has declined by 80% in the past 10 years.