ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Although city leaders cut the ribbon on West State Street today, the road is still not finished, however it will be soon.
Orange construction barrels still block off the outside lanes of West State and a road block still disconnects it from Jefferson Street but that will all change soon enough.
Phase one of the State Street reconstruction project is wrapping up in between Sunset Avenue and Kent Creek. It will soon feature a new design called a linear parkway and will have a more open and green-looking view for drivers. Planning started back in 2001 for a complete reconstruction of West State city officials opened up the section with a ribbon cutting today, even though the work is actually not done yet.
“It will provide a totally new look to the west side of the community. Folks that are coming in from the west are going to be amazed at what they see. It’s a total transformation of the neighborhood,” said Engineer Paul Loete with IDOT.
City officials say West State should be connected to Jefferson Street and opened up to four lanes within the next couple of days. The landscaping around that area is expected to begin around the end of the month.
After land acquisitions, construction, and design, phase one costs come close to $16 million. Phase two is still in the early stages of development and will widen state in between Sunset and Day Avenue. Construction on that is expected to begin in either 2016 or 2017.