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Full Text of SB0508  94th General Assembly


Sen. Edward D. Maloney

Filed: 4/4/2005





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



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1 exceptional circumstances exist.
2     This policy does not apply to pavement resurfacing projects
3 that involve highways under the jurisdiction of the Department
4 and that do not widen the existing traveled way and do not
5 provide stabilized shoulders, unless (i) local support is
6 evident or (ii) bicycling and walking accommodations can be
7 added within the overall scope of 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.
17     (d) The Department shall, no later than March 1, 2007,
18 submit to the Governor and the General Assembly a transition
19 plan for:
20         (1) specific policy and implementation changes
21     identified in the report; and
22         (2) training on bicycle and pedestrian accommodation
23     for all Department staff and contractors involved in the
24     planning and design of highways under the jurisdiction of
25     the Department.
26     (e) In preparing the report and transition plan required
27 under subsections (c) and (d) of this Section, the Department
28 shall utilize the assistance and expertise of pedestrian and
29 bicycle safety organizations.".