This website is dedicated to promoting the work performed by township highway commissioners in Illinois. As a division of TOI, we realize the importance of electronic communication. If not for ourselves for future generations of township government. Through this medium our board of directors hopes to pave the way to improve communication among and abroad in Illinois Township Road Districts.
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APWA Illinois Roads Scholar Program
What is APWA Illinois Roads Scholar Program all about?
APWA IRSP offers a comprehensive training program in a three year cycle.
For one week per year road right of way workers in this program will be trained in various aspects, inc
luding flagging certification, signage standards, site safety, tool safety, paving, underground pipe work, GIS mapping, and roadway emergency response.
Participants who successfully attend all three training years will be designated as an APWA Illinois Roads Scholar.
Additionally, after completion of the program, graduates will be offered the opportunity to attend a hands-on equipment training session which can be added as an endorsement to your certificate
IDOT Standard Specifications
Winter Pothole Treatments for Local Roads
Date: May 19, 2022
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm (ET)
Presenter: Munir Nazzal (University of Cincinnati)
This research was conducted to identify efficient and cost-effective pothole patching treatments and provide recommendation for optimal methods and materials that various Local Public Agencies (LPAs) can use to enhance the performance and longevity of pothole patches installed during the winter season. To achieve these objectives, a survey of LPAs in Ohio and nationally and a comprehensive literature review were performed to identify the best methods and materials used for winter pothole patching. A comprehensive field-testing plan was developed to evaluate the identified methods and materials. The testing plan considered different factors pothole patching methods and/or materials combination, pothole size and depth, pavement structure type, type of road and traffic, and climate region and weather. A total of 686 patches were installed as part of the testing plan in different LPAs in Ohio using the considered method and materials and their combination. In addition, the patches performance and longevity were monitored. Data mining techniques were employed in order to identify the factors that dictates the patch performance. In addition, survival analysis was conducted to determine the expected lifetime of the different patching methods/materials combinations. Finally, cost analysis was conducted to determine the life cycle cost of the different patching methods/materials combinations. This presentation will provide information on the findings and recommendations.
HOW TO ATTEND
The Research results presentation is open for webinar participation. There is no fee to participate.
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Once you register, you will receive an email from Go-To-Webinar confirming your registration with meeting information. Certificates of attendance will be sent from the LTAP Office 5 to 7 business days after the presentation. If you have any questions please contact the ODOT Research Section.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will host a webinar for potential applicants to get ready for the forthcoming Reconnecting Communities Pilot (RCP) discretionary grant program on Thursday, May 19 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm EDT. Register here.
The Opportunity: The Reconnecting Communities Pilot Discretionary Grant Program
The Department anticipates posting one or more Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program (RCP) in summer of 2022. The RCP was created under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will provide up to $1 billion over the next 5 years. The program’s funds can support planning, capital construction, and technical assistance to equitably and safely restore community connectivity through the removal, retrofit, mitigation, or replacement of eligible transportation infrastructure facilities that create barriers to mobility, access, or economic development.
Get Ready: Attend a Webinar on the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Discretionary Grant Program
On Thursday, May 19, DOT invites you to join Christopher Coes, DOT Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, for a 60 min webinar intended help potential applicants and their partners better understand the upcoming program before its official launch.
This introductory webinar is free and open to the public. It is intended for a broad range of attendees, including representatives of organizations eligible to receive funds under the RCP program: States, units of local governments, Federally recognized Tribal governments, metropolitan planning organizations, nonprofit organizations, and owners of transportation facilities eligible for capital construction grants. If you need alternative formats or services because of a disability, please contact ReconnectingCommunites@dot.gov.
Learn more and stay connected:
- Register for the RCP program Webinar on May 19, 1:30pm – 2:30pm EDT here.
- Visit the RCP web page here.
- Subscribe to receive RCP program email updates here.
- Consider additional DOT discretionary funding opportunities here.
You may send questions to ReconnectingCommunities@dot.gov.
The National Center for Rural Road Safety and NLTAPA Safety Work Group are co-hosting a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar.
This webinar will be held Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Mountain/1:00 PM to 2:30 PM Eastern.
Hey rurals! We’re sure you have heard the new Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes new funding for rural areas. For this webinar, we invite you to come hear about some of these exciting opportunities, including the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) implications of the new law, an overview of the special rules, including High Risk Rural Roads (HRRR) and the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund grants.
To find out more details and register for the webinar, please click on the button below. Instructions on accessing the webinar will be sent after your registration is confirmed.
Thank you for letting us be your "Safety Sidekick!" We look forward to having you join us!
Webinar: How Technology and Sharing Data Can Save Lives in Work Zones and Beyond
Date: May 25, 2022
Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm MT/2:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET
Organization: ITS America
This webinar will be a lively and important discussion with private and public sector speakers stressing the need for evolving technology and strategies to address the rising number of crashes and deaths in work zones and beyond. According to the National Safety Council, in 2020, a year in which traffic volumes dramatically decreased because of COVID, work zone fatalities increased. In that year alone, 857 people were killed and 44,240 people were injured in work zone crashes.
Participants in this webinar will highlight the importance of information and data sharing as a safety tool. They will discuss the U.S. Department of transportation’s Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) initiative as a major step in sharing accurate and timely work zone information with agencies, private companies, and GPS navigation apps.
one.network’s James Harris and North Carolina DOT’s Kelly Wells will discuss how their organizations collaborated to provide the most robust WZDx feed to date. As Executive Director of one of California’s most influential transportation authorities, Timothy Haile will offer a Bay Area perspective on the importance of cross-jurisdictional information sharing and the National Safety Council’s Jane Terry will offer a view from the nation’s most respected workplace safety organization.
For more information about this training, click here.
HC Responsibility & Funding Diversity Film Project
The Film Project for the Highway Commissioners Division is complete and ready to be shared. Please take some time to watch and share this valuable tool for communicating what we do to serve our townships. All videos can be accessed here:
Illinois Highway Commissioners Stories
Rural Mailbox Story
Who Monitors Road District Spending
Morton Township "Old Bessie Sue Story"
THCOI Long Verson Letter to the Editor
THCOI Letter to the Editor Short Version
Beneficial Links for Townships
Motor Fuel Tax Funds
Funding Matrix and Local MY Program
Technology Transfer center
Signing of Road District and Township Highways
General Administrative Duties of the Township Highway Commissioner
FY2019 spring Training Catalog
Implementing Safe Work Zone Flyer
Implementing Safe Work Zone - Carbondale
Implementing Safe Work Zone - Edwardsville
Implementing Safe Work Zone - Glenview
Implementing Safe Work Zone - Rockford
IL Interchange 2020 Spring
Local Agency Flagger Information
Online Training Resources
Rebuild Illinois Bond Funds to Local Public Agencies
Circular Letter CL2021-04 REBUILD ILLINOIS BOND GRANTS TO LOCAL PUBLIC AGENCIES - FUND IMPLEMENTATION (INFORMATION EXCHANGE) & THIRD INSTALLMENT ISSUANCE
Worker Safety Training Resources. This website lists 23 online safety training modules for Local Public Agencies relevant to work performed by operations staff. The training modules maybe viewed by individual operators or used for regularly scheduled safety meetings. Each module contains an instructional video, OSHA factsheets, tailgate talks and more. More information can be found at https://iowaltap.iastate.edu/2020-safety-resources-main-face/
If a township has CDL drivers that drive trucks or truck/trailers over 26,000 lbs., they must have a drug & alcohol testing program and be signed up in the Clearinghouse.
Employers cannot EMPLOY drivers subject to drug and alcohol testing under Part 382 without first conducting a pre-employment (full) query and a pre-employment drug test on the driver. Out of the 675,000 carriers that have signed into the Clearinghouse, FMCSA put out a notice on February 21 that nearly 8,000 positive substance abuse tests of commercial drivers have been reported just since January 6, 2020.
FMCSA is serious! Enforcement of the Clearinghouse is coming.
THCOI Board of Directors
President Arnold Vegter Whiteside County/Union Grove Township
Vice President Scott Seebach Ogle County/Flagg Township
Secretary Craig Smith Dekalb County/Dekalb Township
Treasurer Tim Killian McLean County/Chenoa Township
Director Gene Adams Cook County/Palos Township
Director Kevin Bird Pike County/Hickory Point Township
Director Bill Carlson Will County/Frankfort Township
Director John Dusza DuPage County/Winfield Township
Director Don Goad McHenry County/Greenwood Township
Director Danny Hanning Schuyler County/Huntsville Township
Director Ben Hayen Carroll County/Wysox Township
Director Kenny Hayes Jefferson County/Mt. Vernon Township
Director Steve Helton Douglas County/Bourbon Township
Director Kirby Hobbs Pike County/Pittsfield Township
Director Scott Kegarise Cook County/Schaumburg Township
Director James Kensler Unit Road District #5
Director Darrell Maxheimer Sangamon County/Rochester Township
Director Gary Muehlfelt DuPage County/Milton Township
Director Jeremy Roberts Kankakee County/Yellowhead Township
Director Scott Weaver Tazwell County/Washington Township
Highway Commissioner Division Mission Statement
- Promote and protect the combined interests of all Illinois Highway Commissioners.
- Disseminate information of interest and concern to all members.
- Encourage uniformity of administration and increase operation among Illinois Highway Commissioners through educational seminars, programs, and printed materials for presentations to, and use by, THCI members.
- Educate and inform the public, the Illinois Legislature and other citizens through programs, seminars and printed material of the responsibilities of Illinois Road Districts within the State of Illinois.
- Coordinate and cooperate with the Township Officials of Illinois and other organizations for the purpose of strengthening Township Government in the State of Illinois.
- Nominate and duly elect members of the Highway Commissioner's Division as representatives of said Division on the Township Officials of Illinois' Board of Directors.
Illinois Township Highway Commissioners Associations Presidents
Township Highway Commissioners of Illinois President
Union Grove Township/Whiteside County
Northern Illinois Highway Commissioners Association President
Edward R. Young
Lisle Twp/DuPage County
Nothing on the Schedule yet – TBD
West Central Illinois Highway Commissioners President
Dennis M. Gibb
Ellison Township/Warren County
Northwest Highway Commissioners of Illinois President
Union Grove Township/Whiteside County
East Central Illinois Highway Commissioners Association President
Darrell D. Maxheimer
Rochester Twp/Sangamon County
Townships Without Elected Highway Commissioner
Champaign City Township
New Trier Township
Oak Park Township
River Forest Township
City of Galesburg Township
West Deerfield Township
Granite City Township
City of Macomb Township
City of Bloomington Township
City of Peoria Township
West Peoria Township
Rock Island County
Port Byron Township
Rock Island Township
South Rock Island Township
St. Clair County
East St. Louis Township
Townships with Shared Highway Commissioners
1389 Townships have their own Highway Commissioner
2 – Sets of Townships Share a Highway Commissioner
(Colchester Township and Tennessee Township share a Commr.)
(Fillmore Township and South Fillmore Township share a Commr.)
39 Townships have No Highway Commissioner