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Kaci Crowley joined the KDOT team in early June as our new Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Kaci is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Masters Degree in Urban Planning.  Kaci brings experience in working to advocate for non-motorized travel and the benefits of bicycling and walking, GIS mapping and community planning.  A highlight of her educational experience included study abroad in Japan.

Kaci will be leading a team responsible for updating the County's Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which includes outreach to our stakeholders as we plan for the future of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure throughout the area.  Kaci also works with the Kane Kendall Council of Mayors staff as a Regional Planning Liaison assisting the 34 communities in Kane and Kendall Counties in all things transportation. 

Kaci hopes to reach out to the area bicycle advocacy and recreational groups as she travels throughout the area.  Feel free to reach out to her at crowleykaci@co.kane.il.us.

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​Tom Rickert, KDOT's Deputy Director of Transportation traveled to Australia recently as part of a group representing the Chicago Metro Chapter of the American Public Works Association. The group traveled throughout the country learning about how Australia deals with the challenges facing the public works profession.
The full article and pictures are linked in this Kane County Connects newsletter​​
 
  

​Metra launched a survey today to solicit feedback from riders and the public about proposed revisions to its mission and vision statements and about new strategic goals for the agency. The feedback will be used to help create Metra’s next five-year strategic plan.

The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MetraStrategicPlan​

“With the pandemic happening and greater funding options now available, much has changed in the public transportation environment since the last strategic plan was adopted in 2017,” said Metra CEO/Executive Jim Derwinski. “That’s why it’s more important than ever that we seek the input of My Metra riders as we plot our future course.”

Metra adopted its first-ever strategic plan, On Track to Excellence, in 2017, covering the 2018-22 time period. That plan was written at time when Metra was starved of capital funding to invest in its system and concerned about the inadequacy of its operating subsidies.
Although new state and federal money is now helping to address Metra’s capital needs and federal pandemic assistance is temporarily buoying up its operating budget, those funding challenges remain, and Metra must continue to seek longer-term solutions. And now there are some new challenges, particularly the challenges of bringing riders back and attracting new riders after the pandemic and meeting their changing needs. Metra also needs to address equity and climate change, deliver on its capital projects, attract and retain employees, and pursue ways to gain more control over its complex operating environment.

The new strategic plan will be developed this summer, incorporating feedback from the public and key stakeholders. Metra will then share a draft plan with the Metra Board later this fall and offer opportunity for public comment on the draft. After incorporating feedback on the draft plan, a final plan will be written and presented to the Metra Board for adoption in early 2023.

Contact: Metra Media Relations 312-322-6776​​


 
  


​The Kane County Division of Transportation is pleased to announce the promotion of two staff members to key leadership positions. Michael Zakosek, P.E., former Chief of Design, has been selected to fill the new Assistant County Engineer position.  Jennifer O'Connell, P.E., former Senior Project Manager, has been promoted to the Chief of Design.

“The creation of the Assistant County Engineer position is a continuing step in KDOT's transition planning efforts for the future of the division," states Carl Schoedel, County Engineer and Director of Transportation for KDOT, “the management team has been working to address continuity of operations and to recognize our emerging leaders. Promoting Mike and Jennifer offers us the opportunity to continue to develop their skills as part of the next generation of leaders here at KDOT."

Michael Zakosek, P.E.

Mike Zakosek earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He spent three years with an engineering consultant working on a variety of projects, including construction management of roadways and a wetland mitigation bank, design of site and transportation improvements, and internal client staffing assistance.

He joined the Kane County Division of Transportation in 1998 as a project manager and has been responsible for the County's bridge program, including inspections, budgeting, and managing repair, rehabilitations and replacements.  Mike was selected as Design Section Chief in 2014.  Since then he has managed the group of project managers overseeing the design of all of KDOT's capital improvements, as well as the pavement management and preservation efforts.  Mike also is the phase II project manager for the Longmeadow Parkway project and, as Assistant County Engineer, will continue to lead the effort to complete the project and open the entire corridor to traffic.

Mike and his wife, Michelle, live in western Kane County.

Jennifer O'Connell, P.E.

Jennifer O'Connell earned her BS in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2001. For the next 12 years Jennifer worked as a design engineer in private industry in southern California and then in Chicago. She began her design career working in site design contributing to many interesting building sites including a few high rises in downtown Chicago and then for the O'Hare Modernization Program.

Jennifer joined KDOT in 2014 as a Senior Project Manager, and was instrumental in completing a number of challenging roadway projects including the disconnection of Weld Road at Randall Road and new entrance ramp onto eastbound US 20, Randall Road and Stearns Road intersection improvements which completed the Stearns Road Corridor improvements, and the signal installation and realignment at  Kirk Road and Dunham Road in St. Charles.

Jennifer has also managed the implementation of the first roundabouts on our county system at Burlington Road and IL 47 in 2016 and Burlington Road at Bolcum Road in 2020. As Chief of Design, Jennifer will lead KDOT's engineering design staff in the management of 50 projects in various stages of development.

Jennifer, her husband and their two daughters love to bicycle around St. Charles where they live and play a lot of chess. Jennifer also leads a Girl Scout troop and is dedicated to her yoga and Taekwondo practice.

KDOT is pleased to welcome Mike and Jennifer to the management team. 


 
  

​Kane County DOT is pleased to announce that Kane County is now directly sponsoring qualifying low income residents to use the Ride in Kane Paratransit Service for trips to work. Residents need to provide proof of income to qualify for rides. 

 The Ride in Kane Program has been successfully operating since 2008, providing 24 hour a day, 7 day a week paratransit service.  Kane County DOT recently took over as program adminsitrator, and as part of our new efforts, will be sponsoring riders to get to work.  For more information, please visit the Ride in Kane website at rideinkane.org.

​Contact our RIK Info line at 630 762-2600 with any questions. 

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Kane County Purchasing Department now uses BidNet's Illinois Purchasing Group to advertise and manage our Bids and Addenda. Registering and using this service is free.  Please click here to visit the BidNet Illinois Purchasing Group page. All active solicitations for KDOT construction and maintenance projects can be found on this site.

Please note that KDOT does not use this service to select for professional services. ​


 
  

​KDOT adminstrative offices are open to the public from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Appointments and walk in visitors can access the building  during those hours.  The front vestibule will be open for deliveries and payments without entering the building.  

We continue to encourage electronic submittals of correspondence, invoices, permit applications and any other materials to ensure prompt processing.  Bids and letting continue as scheduled.  

 Our main number is (630) 584-1170 to contact staff with any questions.  The main number is monitored and calls are routed to the appropriate staff member.  A staff directory can be found on our Contact Us page.

These hours may change, and will be posted here and on the front door of Building A.

 
  

KDOT is currently hiring for two Maintainers and a Civil Engineer I - III position.  Please check out our Employment Opportunities​ page to see the listings.  Contact Jennifer Becker with any questions.  Beckerjennifer @co.kane.il.us