ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - After three years and $13 million dollars a major stretch of Alpine Road is reopened to traffic.
Bad road conditions led to fewer drivers on Alpine Road between Riverside Boulevard and Harlem Roads, but now Loves Park officials expect more traffic in the area. The multi-million dollar improvements include repavement, new sidewalks and changes to traffic signals. The new signals feature a backup battery system that will keep the lights running even if there is a power outage.
Loves Park officials hope the improvements will bring drivers back to the city.
"People would basically just avoid Alpine Road therefore avoiding the businesses and trying to get around it. By rebuilding the road and making it basically brand-new from start to finish now we've got another 30 years of pavement life and we can hopefully get that traffic to come back through the city,” says project manager of ARC Design Resources Jeff Linkenheld.
City leaders say this project is possible because of a 2015 referendum.