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Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation said new locomotives will be put into use on a number of routes, including the Illinois Zephyr/Carl Sandburg service between Quincy and Chicago.

T.J. Carson

A major road project in Galesburg that's been delayed several times is being pushed back again.  Construction of the East Main Street underpass was supposed to begin last summer, but bid openings have been postponed several times and were pushed back again this week.

Rich Egger

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has developed half-a-dozen potential routes for an upgraded U.S. Highway 34 between the Mississippi River and Biggsville.  The plan is to convert the two-lane road into a four-lane expressway with a grass median.

Renovated Transportation Hub Opens in Galesburg

Nov 19, 2015
T.J. Carson

It took a year to complete upgrades to the building in Galesburg's downtown area. The project cost $689,000, with most of the money coming from the state and federal governments.

Route 34 Concerns Raised at IDOT Session

May 20, 2015
T.J. Carson

Numerous transportation concerns were raised at an Illinois Department of Transportation listening session in Galesburg. The biggest one is about a project that's been discussed for more than two decades: the widening of Route 34 between Monmouth and Gulfport.

Rich Egger

The Illinois legislature’s spring session is supposed to end this week, roads and bridges are deteriorating, and state and federal programs to fund construction are expiring, so an unusual coalition of business and labor proposed a plan to address the situation.

However, it’s unclear where it stands in Springfield.

Wrapping up are Illinois Jobs Now – which funds maintenance and construction of roads, highways and public transit, set to end July 1 – and the federal Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), ending Sept. 30 (if its funds don’t run out sooner).

Travel Still Dangerous

Jan 6, 2014
Rich Egger

The snowstorm that dumped several inches on Illinois has moved out of the state.  But high winds and extremely cold temperatures are causing conditions to remain dangerous. 

IDOT

Beginning January 1, the maximum speed limit in Illinois will increase to 70 miles an hour. But you might want to hold off on the throttle for at least a few weeks.

Biggsville Bypass Breaks Ground

Jun 24, 2013
SSS

Ground has been broken for a 6 mile bypass near Biggsville. One of the main goals of the project is to move route 34 away from West Central High School.

Bridge Replacement to Begin

May 11, 2012

The first of two bridges north of Macomb on U.S. 67 will be replaced this construction season. They're located one mile south of the intersection with Highway 9.

Crews will begin the $4 million project May 14th.

Bill Lewis is the construction field engineer for the project. County Contractors, Inc. of Quincy will do the work.

He says, “The schedule's pretty tight for them to get that first structure done this year. So they'll jump into that right away.”