Neighbors worry IL 2 construction will intersect their property - – Rockford’s News Leader

Neighbors worry IL 2 construction will intersect their property


The construction on Illinois Route 2 has been underway since May, and still has a long way to go before completion.

Neighbors say they are in favor of the expansion, and like the idea of making the Roscoe Road intersection safer. They say its an access road that worries them.

Ryan Ertz, his wife and two children live on the northwest corner of Rockton Road and Illinois 2. 

"The Illinois Department of Transportation's plans pretty much has our house surrounded by roads, which is really going to put our children's safety at risk."

He says they just found out about IDOT's plans to build the road on their property last week. "We would have never purchased this property if we knew this was going to happen," says Ertz.

IDOT's Project Implementation Engineer John Wegmeyer says they waited to tell property owners this portion of the construction on purpose.

"It becomes a catch-22 situation for us, when we go out and we meet with people and we say 'Well here's the align we'd like to go on.' Well then they want to know the details, 'Well how close is it gonna be to my house, are you gonna take this tree?' And they want answers to all those questions. So if we wait till we have all those answers, then we go to them and say 'Here's what we're proposing,' and then they're like 'Well you've made all the decisions already," says Wegmeyer.

Rockton Village President Dale Adams says he plans to play an active role as mediator between IDOT and the community.

"I was told it's very preliminary plans, it's a first engineering draft, so I'm not aware of it being written in stone at this time. I think there's still plenty of time to make changes," says Adams.

"We're just trying to determine exactly what their concerns are," says Wegmeyer. "There's really only a couple of properties that are significantly impacted and we've tried to minimize those impacts. But we're willing to meet at see if there's anything else we can do that would help their situation."  

 IDOT has plans to meet with neighbors on January 7th in one of their homes. That meeting is not open to the public.

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