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KDOT Promotes New Leaders

We're pleased to announce the promotion of three staff members to new leadership roles!

Jacqueline Forbes, Chief of Planning and Programming and former Director of the Kane Kendall Council of Mayors (KKCOM), has been promoted to the position of Executive Director of KKCOM. Heidi Lichtenberger of the Council of Mayors staff has been promoted to Director of KKCOM. Ken Mielke, former Senior Project Manager with the Construction Section has been promoted to Assistant Chief of Construction.

Jackie Forbes has worked for Kane County for over 12 years, starting in the Health Department as a planner, and transferring to KDOT in 2015 to work as Council of Mayors staff. She was promoted to Chief of Planning and Programming/Council Director in 2018 and has been instrumental in guiding the Council of Mayors.

Heidi Lichtenberger joined the Council of Mayors staff in September 2021 and led a recent competitive funding process to evaluate projects and distribute $12 million in federal transportation funds to Council communities. KKCOM staff assists its Chairman, Mayor Jeff Schielke of Batavia, and the member communities of Kane and Kendall Counties support regional planning efforts and the programming of federal transportation funds.

Ken Mielke joined KDOT in 2009 as a Project Manager and licensed surveyor. He assisted both the Construction and Land Acquisition sections by providing experienced surveying guidance and construction supervision for the Division’s multiple construction projects. Of note is his work on projects like the Stearns Road Bridge and the Longmeadow Parkway Bridge Corridor. Ken is a mentor to the construction management staff and has trained several staff members. Ken will assist the Chief of Construction, David Boesch in supervising and coordinating over $100 million in KDOT’s ongoing road and multimodal projects annually.

Please join us in congratulating our staff in their success.​




Visibility Through Roundabouts


Why does KDOT typically put taller vegetation blocking visibility through the central island of their roundabouts?

 

Thought and planning goes into the native landscaping found in the central islands of our roundabouts. While there is nothing fundamentally wrong with seeing the upstream approach of cars from a long ways off and timing your own approach accordingly, the real value in sight distance restrictions provided by taller vegetation in the roundabout is the positive effect they have on those vehicles getting ready to enter the roundabout.

 

As vehicles are getting ready to enter the roundabout, restricting sight distance across the central island with strategic taller landscaping may enhance the safety of the intersection by encouraging lower speeds and making only the left-hand side of the roundabout the focal point. In addition to the increased aesthetic value, a well-landscaped island will make both circulating and entering vehicles more cautious by limiting how far ahead they can see. A circulating vehicle likely will be a bit slower around the curve if its view ahead is restricted (see graphics below). That makes it easier for a car entering the circulating lane to receive a reasonable gap. If sight distance restrictions can limit circulating vehicles to 20 mph, you need less than 120 feet of pavement to provide a four-second entry gap – which is big enough for just about any passenger car.

 

An additional characteristic of taller central island landscaping is that it shields the headlights of oncoming vehicles making it easier to see the circulating lane as a driver approaches a roundabout.​Roundabout graphic for website.png

​Graphic credit: WisDOT

Ride in Kane Program Expansion Announced

​Kane County is pleased to announce an expansion of the RIde in Kane program to service eligible riders who reside in non-sponsor areas of Kane County for work-related trips.  In addition to individuals residing in Kane County that are low income, eligible riders NOW include residents 65 or older or persons with a disability.

Kane County as a sponsor will only allow rides that are for traveling to employment or employment related activities. 

Please contact the RIK Coordinator information help line at (630) 762-2600, or go to http://kdot.countyofkane.org/RIK/  for more information.

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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 administrative 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.

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