The City of Rockford and the Illinois Department of Transportation broke ground on the first phase of the West State Street Corridor project Thursday.
The first section to be improved runs from Kent Creek to the east to Sunset Avenue to the west. That entire section will be closed to traffic during the project, which includes a five lane cross-section with landscaped median and a linear park running the length of the improvement.
"It's just the beginning, though," Rockford City Administrator Jim Ryan said. "We know we have a lot more to do outside those right of way boundaries of the roadway and that's why the West State Street Framework Plan was so important that we had community citizens involved from the beginning."
The project was put together over a decade ago.
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