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IDOT Stops Picking Up All Roadkill

by Matt B on June 4th, 2008

If you plan on taking a long road trip (for example, to one of Illinois' Seven Wonders), you know you have to keep your eyes on the road. But you may see a few more unsightly' um' features.

road The Illinois Department of Transportation announced on Friday that it is already over-budget due to all the snow their trucks had to plow this past winter. So this summer, in an attempt to cut costs, IDOT will not be picking up all the roadkill on state roads. 'Hazardous' remains and bodies that are in actual driving lanes will still be removed, but they won't be picking up those unlucky creatures that end up along the side of the road.


Update: Roadkill removal and other non-essential services were suspended in recent months due to record fuel costs and' high use of road salt over the winter. Thankfully, IDOT will resume removing roadkill and mowing grass along highways thanks to the General Assembly’s approval of a $20 million supplemental appropriation this past weekend. As of this update, Governor Rod Blagojevich has not yet officially approved the funds, but he is expected to do so.

Photo credit: (c/o SXC) Cavell L Blood

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