After months of work for the city and headaches for drivers, West State Street in Rockford is now open to traffic, but improvements out there are far from over.
What was once blocked by a road closed sign is now open for drivers. Construction started in May 2013 to widen West State and re-align Jefferson Street. That shut down State from the bridge over Kent Creek to Sunset Avenue. Central Avenue also opened to traffic Thursday. Work still needs to be done on Jefferson. The project aims to complete work like pavement removal, excavation, multi-use path and sidewalk construction, storm sewer installation, landscaping, street lighting and traffic signal improvements. Construction will continue through the winter, but city leaders don't plan to close down anymore sections of West State. It's a nearly $20 million project, but the state is paying for most of it. The city's contribution is around $5 million, according to Capital Programs Manager Pat Zuroske. He says construction is moving along on-schedule. The next phase for West State Street improvements will target the stretch from Sunset Avenue to Day Avenue. That's still in design phases with the state.
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