The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has notified contractors and local jurisdictions that all IDOT funded projects must be shut down by June 30 in anticipation of not having budget authority to pay for projects beyond that date.
IDOT, Plote Construction and the City have agreed to move forward with the next phase of the Sheridan Road project, scheduled to start today, only to do the following prior to June 30:
Temporary silt fencing
Installation of "Road Construction Ahead" signs
Necessary relocations for temporary road widening
Temporary traffic signal
Any additional work could not be completed and secured safely by June 30. Therefore the project will likely shut down prior to June 30 and remain stopped until there is budget authority to continue.
Please note that the Engineering and Forestry staff have developed a plan to modify temporary traffic routes over about a seven-week period in order to avoid damaging the roots of trees east of Sheridan Road north of Garrett Place. This effort will cause some traffic issues, but will help save as many trees as possible, including some large American elm trees. Trees south of Garrett Place were removed due to permanent widening of the road; smaller trees that could be saved are being relocated.