Illinois General Assembly - Full Text of SB0508
Illinois General Assembly

Previous General Assemblies

Full Text of SB0508  94th General Assembly


Sen. Edward D. Maloney

Filed: 3/14/2005





09400SB0508sam002 LRB094 07629 DRH 43734 a


2     AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 508 by replacing
3 everything after the enacting clause with the following:
4     "Section 5. The Illinois Highway Code is amended by adding
5 Section 4-220 as follows:
6     (605 ILCS 5/4-220 new)
7     Sec. 4-220. Accommodation of all users of highways under
8 the jurisdiction of the Department.
9     (a) The General Assembly finds that it is the public policy
10 of this State that Department of Transportation projects
11 involving highways under the jurisdiction of the Department
12 must adequately meet the transportation needs of all users of
13 these highways, including those who travel along or across
14 these highways by motor vehicle, foot, bicycle, or wheelchair.
15     (b) To support this policy and to meet the intent of
16 federal transportation law, the Department shall adopt the
17 Federal Highway Administration's "Accommodating Bicycle and
18 Pedestrian Travel" policy in a manner consistent with Illinois
19 law. The federal policy requires the routine inclusion of
20 bicycling and walking facilities in all projects involving
21 highways under the jurisdiction of the Department except where
22 there is an absence of need, where cost limits are exceeded,
23 where bicyclists and pedestrians are prohibited or where other
24 exceptional circumstances exist.



09400SB0508sam002 - 2 - LRB094 07629 DRH 43734 a

1     This policy does not apply to pavement resurfacing projects
2 in progress on January 1, 2006 that involve highways under the
3 jurisdiction of the Department and that do not widen the
4 existing traveled way and do not provide stabilized shoulders,
5 unless (i) local support is evident or (ii) bicycling and
6 walking accommodations can be added within the overall scope of
7 the original roadwork.
8     This policy shall become effective July 1, 2006 for
9 planning and training purposes only. For construction
10 projects, this policy shall become effective July 1, 2007.
11     (c) The Department shall file with the Governor and the
12 General Assembly, no later than March 1, 2007, a report
13 containing an evaluation of existing bicycle and pedestrian
14 accommodation in State roadway projects involving highways
15 under the jurisdiction of the Department and a comparison of
16 these projects with federal guidelines and the best practices
17 of other states.
18     (d) The Department shall, no later than March 1, 2007,
19 submit to the Governor and the General Assembly a transition
20 plan for:
21         (1) specific policy and implementation changes
22     identified in the report; and
23         (2) training on bicycle and pedestrian accommodation
24     for all Department staff and contractors involved in the
25     planning and design of highways under the jurisdiction of
26     the Department.
27     (e) In preparing the report and transition plan required
28 under subsections (c) and (d) of this Section, the Department
29 shall utilize the assistance and expertise of pedestrian and
30 bicycle safety organizations.".