Illinois Department of Transportation $200K State Grant To Fund New Sidewalks Near West-Side School By Ryan Denham • Apr 24, 2019 City of Bloomington Students at Sheridan Elementary in Bloomington will soon have a safer route to school thanks to a $200,000 state grant that will fund new sidewalks. IDOT, Preservationists Give 5,000 Trees To Schools Statewide By AP • Apr 22, 2019 Schools statewide are receiving 5,000 tree seedlings from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Illinois Launches Testing Program For Autonomous Vehicles By Ryan Denham • Nov 21, 2018 Ryan Denham / WGLT Editor’s note: This story is part of a special episode of GLT’s Sound Ideas focused entirely on autonomous driving. It aired Nov. 21. Read more stories in the series. Connect Transit Capital Plan Includes Downtown Transfer Center By Charlie Schlenker • Oct 23, 2018 Connect Transit Bloomington Normal's bus system could have a downtown Bloomington transfer center in about five years. Tackling Illinois' Crumbling Roads & Bridges One Tour At A Time By Daisy Contreras • Sep 28, 2018 Illinois roads and bridges are in major disrepair. But after a two-year budget impasse and a backlog of bills that the state is struggling to cover, infrastructure continues to take a backseat. This year, advocates and lawmakers plan to change that. Drivers Beware: I-55 Projects To Cause Backups Near Pontiac By Ryan Denham • Aug 23, 2018 Seth Perlman / AP The Illinois Department of Transportation is warning drivers that trips on Interstate 55 between Bloomington-Normal and Chicago will take a bit longer for the next several weeks. Driving Through A Construction Zone? Think About Becky By Ryan Denham • Jul 10, 2018 Ryan Denham / WGLT Becky Slightom is the person you see at the start of a roadwork zone—the one directing traffic and keeping workers and drivers safe. She's a flagger, but there's another informal job title she's bestowed upon herself. Weekend High Temps Mean More Buckling Roads Ahead By Daisy Contreras • Jun 29, 2018 With temperatures expected to reach the mid-90s over the next few days -- and the heat index even higher, road buckling could become a problem for some Illinois motorists. Funks Grove Project Included In State's $240M Freight-Transport Upgrades By AP • Jun 6, 2018 Ken Lund / Flickr via Creative Commons Illinois officials are investing $240 million in two dozen projects designed to improve freight mobility throughout the state and relieve congestion. State Gives Planning Money To Connect Transit Downtown Transfer Center By Charlie Schlenker • Feb 23, 2018 Connect Transit The Illinois Department of Transportation is giving Bloomington-Normal's bus system $250,000. State Touts Redesigned Website For Winter Road Conditions By AP • Dec 21, 2017 Illinois Department of Transportation State officials say there's a newly-redesigned website for travelers that offers the most up-to-date information on road conditions. Renovated Amtrak Station Opens in Downtown Lincoln By Student Reporter Dania De La Hoya • Dec 6, 2017 Tim Butler / Facebook State and city officials gathered Tuesday to celebrate the completion of renovations to the Amtrak station in downtown Lincoln, the latest along the Chicago-St. Louis route to see improvements.