The IML Public Works Committee met on Wednesday, June 20th and reports were given on the following items:
IDOT Staff Changes:
Many retirements and staff changes have been announced during the past month. As more information is available we will add postings. It was suggested that if you have an active project that involves IDOT staff that you call and confirm your staff contact.
MUTCD Revisions 1 and 2:
See that attached summary. The timeline for assessments has been moved back to 6/13/2014. The timeline for regulatory and guidance signage has been eliminated. This doesn't mean the requirement to confirm has changed. It was suggested that you discuss an implementation schedule based on risk assessment considerations.
Please see that attached summary. It is anticipated that more suspensions will be forthcoming. You are encouraged to call Kevin Murphy at IDOT, Springfield if it is taking longer than 45 days to settle a protested contractor.
See the attached summary. Statutes dictate that any contracts >$150,000 that use Federal funds cannot be selected based on a prior working relationshiop. IDOT is preparing draft language and anticipates this will be placed in effect by January 2013.
State Contract for Rock Salt:
There has been no contract extensions. Storage for salt is an eligible MFT expense. By contract salt is to be purchased by 6/30/2012. If you are having salt stored you are urged to reserve the right to reject loads if they are contaminated or otherwise unacceptable when delivered.
A group of Municipal and County representatives are working on draft changes to the administrative rules that would provide some relief to the current process in that it would allow loads rejected by a PID reading to be tested and allow for samples to be mixed. Draft language is expected in 2 months for possible implementation by the end of the year.
SB3237 waiving appraisals for municipalities for small easements/takings passed easily in the Senate and did not make it out of the House committee.
A bill allowing firefighters and police personnel to solicit donations within the public right of way passed. This may be in conflict with some local ordinances.