Concerns raised over length of Spring Creek construction project

Published: Jun. 15, 2018 at 6:45 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Many people living along Spring Creek Road are irritated by a construction project that never seems to end.

"I remember Spring Creek Road when it was just a little two-lane road with a little ditch on the side," said Jill Mosbach, who lives on Camella Court off of Spring Creek Road.

Mosbach's family has owned a home near Spring Creek Road since she was 12 years old.

She says she's looking forward to the end of this construction project.

"It gets a little scary sometimes trying to pull out because your vision is kindof of blocked a little bit, especially when they have big signs up. The manholes. They raised them about four inches and then they leave them. But they did spray paint them bright orange so you can see them," said Mosbach.

"Three years to do a roadway like this is not very typical," said city of Rockford Capital Improvement Operations Manager Timothy Hinkens.

A late start to spring weather as well as rain have slowed things down.

Project Manager Timothy Hinkens says this construction work piggybacked off of a sanitary sewer relocation project that started three years ago. He estimates that saved the city more than $100,000.

"It is a good collaboration as far as cost savings goes. Before the Fourth of July holiday, we're confident we'll have a final paving surface on it that will last a pretty long time, 10 or 20 more years before you'll see any other repairs on this roadway is what we're estimating," said Hinkens.

"It's an inconvenience, but we all know that soon it's going to be ready to go," said Mosbach.

Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara says if the project is not finished on time, the city will enforce contractual penalties. The end date is around July 3.

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