Don't be surprised if you notice a couple minutes added to your summer commute. The Rockford area will see six major roadwork projects this construction season that'll cost you time and money.
"This is an unusually large number of projects for the Rockford and Winnebago County area." -says Illinois Department of Transportation District 2 Project Implementation Engineer John Wegmeyer.
According to Wegmeyer, the total cost of all this construction is nearly $100 million. A couple projects are almost complete, like expanding Interstate 90 from four lanes to six lanes from the Wisconsin border to Rockton road and adding two lanes to Illinois Route 2 from Elmwood to Latham Roads. Both should be done by November. They take up more than half the total cost at roughly $55 million. Also on South Main Street, reconstruction from Beltline Road to Harrison Avenue with a $13 million price tag that's 10% completed.
Plus there will be work on that same street near downtown Rockford, from Pond Street to Cedar Street. Those improvements to downtown Rockford and West State Street from Kent Creek to Sunset Avenue haven't started yet.
"Those two jobs, we're waiting on awarding the contracts and those two will both be started and worked on this summer." -says Wegmeyer.
The final project, resurfacing three miles of East State Street from Fairview Boulevard to Mid America Drive won't begin until after April bid letting. Roads will close for three of these plans at Latham Road, on West State Street and at Harrison Avenue. Wegmeyer says the federal government is footing 80% percent of the bill for most of these projects in the form of grants. The rest is paid for using state gas tax dollars and license plate fees, an initiative approved down in Springfield a few years ago.
"These projects are the result of the capital plan and that funding program." -Wegmeyer adds.
Wegmeyer can't say when those few roads will temporarily close, but he assures dates are at least a month or two away. It all depends on the weather.
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