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KDOT Announces Staff Promotions


​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. 


Ride in Kane Program

​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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Bids and Letting Updated Information

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 Office Hours

​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.

Employment Opportunities

KDOT is currently hiring for 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

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