"These revisions will put a greater
emphasis than ever before on work out in the field, away from the
central office," Martin said. "The district offices will be entirely
responsible [for] project scopes, schedule and budgets, as well as
day-to-day maintenance, snow removal, and answering questions from
the people they serve in their districts."
The central office will focus on
providing assistance in technical areas, auditing of processes at
the regional and district levels, ensuring quality in all areas of
the division, and, most importantly, performing safety audits and
improving the focus on safety throughout the department.
"It's important to realize that the
department is entering a new era, based on a smaller agency," Martin
said. "This new organization will continue to be accountable to the
communities we serve on the district level, and we will be more
responsive to safety, economic impacts and an improved level of
service with more flexibility."
In order to strengthen the
organization, the following changes are being made to the upper
management structure within the Division of Highways. The nine
districts will remain with separate budgets, with some of the
district boundaries being redrawn. Each district will have a
district chief engineer, an operations-maintenance manager and an
administrative manager. These positions will report to a deputy
director-regional engineer, who in turn reports to the director of
highways-chief engineer, Victor A. Modeer, P.E. In addition,
Eric Harm will remain as deputy director-assistant chief engineer,
and Priscilla Tobias will become the state safety engineer.
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regional boundaries are organized along demographic lines that
predominantly follow the east-to-west interstate routes.
- Region One -- Region One
Engineer Diane O'Keefe, P.E. Encompasses the former District One.
This region includes Chicago and the collar counties.
- Region Two -- Region Two Engineer
Gregory Mounts, P.E. Encompasses Districts Two and Three. This
region includes Rockford, the Quad Cities, the La
Salle-Peru-Ottawa areas and the Kankakee metropolitan area.
- Region Three -- Region Three
Engineer Joseph Crowe, P.E. Encompasses Districts Four and Five.
This region includes Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington,
Champaign-Urbana and Danville.
- Region Four -- Region Four
Engineer Christine Reed, P.E. Encompasses Districts Six and Seven.
This includes Quincy, Jacksonville, Springfield, Decatur,
Mattoon-Charleston area and Effingham. Also included is the
Interstate 70 corridor from Vandalia to the Indiana state line.
- Region Five -- Region Five
Engineer Mary Lamie, P.E. Encompasses Districts Eight and Nine.
This includes the Metro East St. Louis region, Mount Vernon,
Marion and Carbondale. Region Five includes the entire Interstate
depicting the revised boundaries is available at
www.dot.il.gov. [To download the Adobe Acrobat
Reader for the map, click here.]
Department of Transportation news release]