Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Illinois Department of Transportation is also warning drivers to avoid driving through potentially deadly puddles covering the road, no matter how shallow they may seem.
If you have to commute in the morning, plan ahead. The Illinois Department of Transportation announced, as of 5:15 p.m. Thursday, the following roads will be closed through the Friday morning commute due to heavy flooding: You can view a full list of road closures on IDOT’s website. Additionally, IDOT is warning drivers not to drive through puddles covering the road, no matter how shallow they may seem. They offer the following tips For more flood safety information and real-time updates check out Ready Illinois
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Oak Forest city council and IDOT have an agreement in place to begin work on Ridgeland Avenue, between 151st Street and Victoria Drive. The work will cost the city $103,500, with the remainder of the costs covered by a grant.
Ridgeland Avenue, between 151st Street and Victoria Drive, will be a smoother ride for motorists in the coming months, after aldermen reached an agreement with IDOT for construction and construction engineering. The agreement will cost the city $103,500, with the remaining costs of $378,000 coming from a previously secured grant. “This agreement is with the Illinois Department of Transportation, that just states that we've budgeted the $103,500,” said Public Works Director Troy Ishler. The city's contribution to the project is already included in the city's Motor Fuel Tax program for the 2013 budget year, Ishler said. Covered in the work is repaving, curb and sidewalk repairs and the planting of 77 trees along the roadway, Ishler said. …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Oak Forest High School was selected to receive a $2,000 Operation Teen Safe Driving Grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation, Ford Motor Company and AllState Insurance. The grant money will be used to educate students on safe driving.
For the fourth consecutive year, Oak Forest High School was selected by IDOT, the Ford Motor Company and AllState Insurance as a recipient of the Operation Teen Safe Driving Grant. The school will use the $2,000 in grant money to promote safe driving by high school students. “Our slogan this year is, 'Drive Wise Bengals,'” said Dan Dunne, Associate Principal at Oak Forest High School. “Each year we've had a different slogan and that's our slogan this year." The program kicks off Dec. 1 and will run through Feb. 29, 2013. The program will focus on keeping students aware of using seat belts, avoiding distracted driving and being aware of the dangers of driving impaired. “Seat belts is the one we're mandated to use,” Dunne said. “The others, …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Junctions at Cicero and 127th in Alsip and Lincoln Highway in Matteson are in the Top 10, according to IDOT's 2010 crash figures.
An off ramp at Interstate 80 and LaGrange Road is the most crash-prone intersection in the south suburbs, according to data released by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The westbound off-ramp from I-80 onto LaGrange Road, which leads into Orland Park and Tinley Park, recorded 56 crashes in 2010. That's the second highest crash total in the six-county metro area. The highest crash figure is 63, recorded at Stony Island Avenue and South Chicago Avenue on Chicago's South Side. State Police Sgt. Jim Powell told Sun-Times Media in a report today that people stopping to judge LaGrange Road traffic are causing the accidents: “People stop, and there’s two turning lanes with a sign out there that says no turn on red except right lane.” …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Construction is set to begin on a stretch of Cicero Ave., between 147th and 175th streets. IDOT will try to avoid peak traffic times, scheduling the work during nighttime hours.
Residents and businesses from 147th to 175th and Cicero Avenue in Oak Forest, Midlothian and Country Club Hills can expect things to get a little noisier at night in coming weeks. Beginning April 16, K-FIVE Construction will start milling and resurfacing Cicero Avenue in an effort to finish the work as quickly and efficiently as possible. "You may have a little noise for a couple nights," said Rich Rinchich, Oak Forest's Assistant Public Works Director. "They're going to do a combination of things, including doing it at night, for traffic control and to maximize speed." Each town along Cicero Avenue is scheduled to have approximately 3 to 4 days of milling—or removing the top layer of asphalt. Repaving will then begin, with completion of …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Don't worry—this is only a test. On Nov. 2, Oak Forest High School students strapped on Fatal Vision goggles and grabbed their cell phones, to see just how tough distracted or drunk driving can be.
They did it again. Like last year, Oak Forest High School has been awarded an Illinois Department of Transportation grant allowing teens the opportunity to educate their peers about driving responsibly. The school is one of 105 in Illinois to receive the 2011 Operation Teen Safe Driving recognition. The program is designed to help decrease the number of driving fatalities and injuries involving teenagers in Illinois. The initiative pairs with Ford Motor Company Fund's nationally recognized For Driving Skills for Life program, and the AllState Foundation's Keep the Drive. Some students got a jump on the program on Nov. 2, with a visit from the Cook County Sheriff's Department. The students watched video demonstrations and also tried their …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Labor Day weekend traffic enforcement campaign yields 143 violations, compared to 90 over Christmas and New Year's holidays, and 86 over Thanksgiving.
Labor Day weekend and the days leading up to it kept Oak Forest Police busy. From Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, officers issued 143 tickets, as part of a traffic enforcement campaign funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program. Most of the tickets issued were for seat belt violations, and other offenses included speeding, lack of insurance, and suspended or revoked licenses. “Our main goal is to make our streets safer for drivers and pedestrians,” said Lieutenant Michael Shaughnessy. “Campaigns like these help us reinforce to drivers how important it is to drive responsibly.” The campaign was the final in a six-part program to promote traffic safety by conducting saturation patrols in pre-assigned …