Latham Rd. and Illinois Route 2 to open in December - – Rockford’s News Leader

Latham Rd. and Illinois Route 2 to re-open mid December


Since May first, construction on Latham Road and Illinois Route 2 in Winnebago County has made it difficult to navigate the area.

Right now, cars are still traveling on the old portion of Illinois 2. If you use that route, or Latham, keep your eyes open for new traffic patterns very soon.

"We are hoping to put the traffic head to head on the southbound lanes early this coming week," said Dave Biddex, Resident Engineer.

Workers laid asphalt for the new northbound lanes of Route 2, bBut that stretch of road will not open for quite some time.

"It is a very major project, there's a lot of dollars, there's a lot of economic impact to the area with the number of people that work here," said Biddex.

On any given day between 50 and 100 people are working to get phase one of the two part project done on schedule. The final completion date is November of 2013.

"Oh it's going to be a fantastic improvement," said Biddex. "Having four lanes is gonna allow the large volumes to move much more efficiently."

Biddex explains newly installed traffic lights will make the intersection safer too. "It was controlled with stop signs, two way only, which with the volume of traffic, there were accidents here."

West Latham has not seen public traffic since May. With the stretch of road now finished, it is set to re-open mid December.

"We will have both legs of Latham Road, east and west, open for the winter," said Biddex.

East Latham, however, won't look any different.

"New Latham east will be done next year," said Biddex. "As well as the auxiliary work that will enable us to open it up as a four lane facility."

The final cost of the project comes to about $21 million.

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