Summer Road Projects

By: Rebekah Baum
By: Rebekah Baum

Kay Boudreau knows summer means three things: warm weather, longer days and road construction.

"It holds things up, but you really can't do anything in the wintertime," says Boudreau.

The biggest project the Illinois Department of Transportation will be working on in our area this summer is the I-90/173 interchange. Work began back in March.

"Work will be completed by November 16th. 173 will be open and all the lane closures will be off of I-90," says John Wegmeyer with the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Work began Monday at the intersection of Business 20 and Lawrenceville Road to install a new traffic signal, but for the most part, I-DOT will be working on resurfacing jobs in northern Illinois this season.

I-DOT spokesperson Matt Vanover says because the governor's proposed capital bill didn't pass, there's little money available for new projects. In Rockford it's much of the same story; a failed sales tax referendum has put most road projects on hold. Work on Auburn will continue through September.

"One of the biggest projects the city of Rockford will be working on this summer is Harrison Ave. from Ohio Parkway to Mulford. Eighty percent of the eight and a half million dollar project will be paid for through state and federal funds. The city will utilize the motor fuel tax to pay for the remaining 20 percent."

Winnebago County will be continuing several projects this summer including work at Perryville and Baxter Roads and widening Hononegah Road to four lanes. The county will begin work this season at the Perryville/East State Street intersection as well as the intersection at Rockton and Dorr Roads.

It will take two years to complete the Harrison Avenue project, and another headache for drivers that will continue through the summer is the construction at the South Beloit toll plaza.

The state is converting the plaza to open road tolling. Work at that toll plaza, as well as construction at the Belvidere and Marengo tolls, will be completed this year.


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