IDOT Budget Shutdown - June 30, 2017 ( 06/14/2017 )
Dear Local Public Agency: The joint funding agreement between your agency and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for local projects administered by your agency involving state and/or federal funds provides “Obligations of the State shall cease immediately without penalty or further payment being required if, in any fiscal year, the General Assembly or Federal Funding source fails to appropriate or otherwise make available funds for this contract.” At this time, appropriate funding for the engineering and construction program for IDOT is not available. Thus, IDOT will be unable to make reimbursement of state and federal funds to your agency for work performed after June 30, 2017. There are two types of local agency joint agreements affected by the lack of funding.
State-Let Local Projects
Construction contracts awarded by IDOT will be suspended until an appropriations bill is passed. For these contracts, contractors will be notified to contact your office regarding this issue. It is the department’s intent to initiate work on the project immediately after a budget resolution and appropriations are made. The department will notify you when work may resume.
Locally-Let and Administered Projects
For local-let and administered projects, contractor(s) or consultant(s) may continue to work at your discretion since your agency provides for the direct payment to these entities. Should your agency opt to continue working, reimbursement from the Department for work performed during the time frame will be delayed until an appropriation bill is passed.
If your agency decides to suspend work, you will need to contact your contractor(s) and/or consultant(s) to initiate the shutdown of work. Please make sure the project(s) is brought to a condition that will provide a clear and safe traveled way. This may include, but is not limited to, completing some items of contract work, adjusting the traffic control, removing construction debris, and locating idled equipment to a safe location.
We appreciate the cooperation we have with your agency and are committed to successfully completing project(s) in a fair and efficient manner. If you have any questions, please contact Maureen Kastl, Engineer of Local Roads and Streets at
Priscilla A. Tobias, P.E.
Director of Program Development