Last week, the governor signed into law a proposal designed to help businesses maintain their consumer traffic while road construction is underway.
The new law brings business owners into the planning process when road projects are proposed adjacent to their businesses. It requires the Illinois Department of Transportation to meet with businesses near upcoming construction zones prior to the start of the project to identify business needs and reduce project impacts.
Based on what is deemed necessary, IDOT will proceed to post signage and detour routing to ensure that people are aware of open businesses and are able to get there.
"Road projects are obviously vital to the transportation needs of Illinois," Sen. Bertino-Tarrant said. "However, businesses can suffer due to lengthy construction and road closures. Making sure that we do what we can to support our small businesses is important."
During lengthy road construction projects, businesses can struggle to attract customers. Congestion and detours make businesses along road construction zones harder to get to and may make them look closed.
The new law will take effect January 1, 2014.