Illinois Soybean Association facilitates dialogue and action to ensure farmers can efficiently and effectively get soybeans to market. Our work is making a difference for everyone using Illinois roads, bridges, railways or waterways.

Partner with ISA in Moving Illinois Ahead

We want to tell you about the transportation initiatives we’re leading—and even more, we want to work with you on infrastructure solutions. Take a look at our work below for opportunities to engage on these issues:

Together let’s find a way to keep Illinois transportation on the move. 

Truck Weight Limits County Roads & Bridges Waterways

 

 

Together We Can Move More 

Adding a sixth axle can make trucking more cost-effective and efficient without sacrificing safety or adding stress to roads and bridges. 

Let’s move toward more cost savings, efficiency and safety.

Heavier Semis: A Good Idea? 

If weight limits were increased to 97,000 pounds with a sixth axle, our farmers would save 1.7 million gallons of fuel each year, not to mention less wear and tear on roads and a reduction in truck-related accidents. More facts and figures on related efficiencies, motorist safety, infrastructure wear and tear are available in this checkoff-funded study summary. Full report available here

How would increased truck weight limits impact your farm or your community? Tell us here.

Impacts of Higher Road Weight Limits

In 2012, ISA conducted an analysis of the pros and cons of increased truck weight limits for soybean farmers and related industries. This comprehensive report shares the wide-ranging impacts of increased weight limits and is a useful tool for background on the issue. Get the background on this weighty issue here

Your Voice Counts

Truck weight limits is an issue our Illinois soy action network, Voice for Soy, actively follows. Sign up to receive free updates on this issue when it becomes active at the state or federal level. Voice for Soy is free, easy and effective.

Consider joining today. 

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Prioritization: From Information to Collaboration 

ISA is working with county engineers across Illinois to prioritize limited infrastructure funding on the road and bridge projects that need it most. Best of all, this methodology will soon be available to you. 

Let's discuss how to prioritize funding for maintenance. 

County Prioritization Studies

Prioritization studies helped county officials in Peoria, McLean, Jackson and Tazewell counties quantify exactly how much an infrastructure failure could cost their communities.

The closure of some roads or bridges can costs communities more than $1 million annually in adverse travel. See how the costs add up in these reports:
Tazewell County Roadway Infrastructure Prioritization Study
McLean County Roadway Infrastructure Prioritization Study 
Peoria County Infrastructure Prioritization Study 

Additional county-level studies will be added as they become available. 

Transit Calculation Tool 

An online transit tool, made possible through checkoff funds, is now available here. It calculates the time and distance from inland ports to the Port of New Orleans via truck, barge and rail.

Checkoff Funds Help Replace Peoria County Bridge

The Trivoli Road Bridge in Peoria County was the subject of a infrastructure prioritization study in 2014. Thanks in part to the bridge’s high benefit-cost ratio identified through the study, the bridge is slated to be rebuilt in 2017. 

Widening lanes and shoulders will not only make safer travel possible for the hundreds who pass over it daily, but will make it possible for one family in particular to gain back weeks of their time. Read more and share your experiences with local roads and bridges here

Road and Bridge Study

As soybeans move from field to market, a posted bridge or closed road can alter the truck's course, creating additional costs and delays. This checkoff-funded study identified the bridges that would most negatively impact the transportation of soybeans from fields to handling facilities in the event of closure. 

Which bridges are the most critical bridges in your county? View the county-level maps here. Do these impact your operation? Have improvements to these structures been made since the report was released? Tell us here

This study was conducted in 2013 and some data may be out of date as bridges are repaired and regularly monitored for safety.  

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Let's work together to keep Illinois transportation on the move.