Harrison Avenue to Be Refurbished

A ride down Harrison Avenue may feel more like a drive down a bumping country road than cruising through an important thoroughfare in Rockford, but soon that will change.

The stretch of Harrison that will be totally reconstructed is from Alpine to Mulford. Though there has been some patchwork and resurfacing, that section of road is 40 to 50 years old.

Harrison Avenue from Alpine west to Ohio Parkway will also be resurfaced. About 26,000 cars a day go through the Alpine and Harrison intersection and 22,000 through Mulford and Harrison.

The project should finish out in the fall of 2007. Eventually the city wants to make improvements to Harrison all the way down to 11th Street, but they will need more federal funding.

About 80 percent of the funding from the current project came from the federal government.

Construction should start August 14.