City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz sent the following report on June 18 about the likely shutdown of IDOT projects statewide:
“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 project (scheduled to start today) only to do the following prior to June 30: tree removal, temporary silt fencing, installation of “Road Construction Ahead” signs; necessary relocations for temporary road widening; and a 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.”