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The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a Traffic Permits Engineer.
The IDOT team works diligently to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity and protect our environment. We are problem solvers and leaders, constantly searching for innovations and improvements in support of our commitment to providing the best multimodal transportation system for Illinois.
Our team fosters a culture of inclusivity. We value diversity and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as we work together for a common purpose. Team members frequently collaborate with colleagues and others outside the department to best meet customer needs.
The high traffic volumes in this area, and the declining availability of right-of-way, results in highway capacity and safety being very sensitive to any additional access. This requires the incumbent, in the evaluation of permits, to ensure the appropriate application of traffic engineering principles covering traffic signal phasing, signing, pavement marking, geometric design and temporary traffic controls. The application of correct construction methods and material specifications must be used in ensuring the proper inspection of permits. Coordination between the district and the Illinois Toll Highway Authority requires the incumbent to correctly anticipate the consequences that large scale tollway improvement projects may have on the abutting district and local government highways and negotiation of project revisions that will minimize adverse impacts.
Access to SRAs and other high-volume highways is an essential economic asset not only to the particular developer but also to the wellbeing of the surrounding communities. Developers often enlist the aid of the political directorate to seek appeals to decisions rendered through independent policy interpretation which requires the incumbent to provide careful explanation and adequate documentation to support his/her decisions. The incumbent serves as liaison engineer with the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, coordinating all tollway projects to minimize their impact on the state highway system, thus preserving the capacity of the local roadways and ensuring coordinated consideration of proposed developments by the district, the Toll Authority and by affected local governments. The incumbent is continually attempting to persuade large scale industrial and commercial developers to construct capacity improvements on the state highways, at no cost to the department, to accommodate traffic generated by their developments which must utilize the highway system for access.
- The incumbent personally attends local agency planning meetings to ensure local land use proposals are compatible with permit policies and planned improvement projects; negotiates and prepares joint financial participation agreements with local agencies and private developers where permit work is to be performed under contract; participates in the development of access proposals for highway improvement projects; participates in the evaluation of complex permit applications covering regional shopping centers, industrial parks and large residential developments and supervises the preparation of permit specifications and provisions covering such developments; meets with and responds to inquiries from political officials, media representatives, local and other state agency personnel and private developers explaining reasons for permit actions and describing the impact these actions may have on subsequent land development and traffic volumes; serves as coordinator for permit requests from local government agencies to use previously leased excess land parcels; and acts as principal district advisor on all permit matters.
- Ensures the safety of the public on the highways during the construction of access facilities and private utilities and during approved roadway closures for local celebrations or railroad repairs through the use of properly designed traffic control measures.
- Ensures the proper coordination of Toll Highway Authority projects with proposed highway improvement projects of the district to preserve the capacity and integrity of the state and local system.Trains, motivates, and evaluates subordinate personnel.Performs other duties as assigned.Performs duties in compliance with department safety rules. Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.Ensures complete, timely and comprehensive engineering evaluation of permit applications.Ensures appropriate reconciliation of developers’ proposals with permit guidelines and local land use regulations.
Familiarity with the Illinois Vehicle Code
Excellent oral and written communications skills
Ability to plan, organize and establish priorities
Working knowledge of highway geometric and construction policy, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, trip generation and volume/capacity relationships, and design standards
Qualification & Experience:
- Experience with public speaking and dealing with the media
- Five years of experience in highway engineering
- Three years of experience supervising staff and engineering function
Company: State of Illinois
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: Schaumburg, IL, US
Application Deadline: N/A