North Main traffic clears up after construction delays

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Updated: Dec. 6, 2018, 5:20 p.m.

North Main Street is clearing up after nearly two and a half years of construction.

While the road was expected to open up completely last week, weather delayed some of the final steps for completion. There are still a few signs and traffic cones around the road, but the street has cleared up considerably.

The upgrades stretch out around two miles, primarily helping with traffic at the intersection at North Main Street and West Riverside Boulevard.

Crews repaired the road as part of a $32 million project that kicked off in 2016.

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Published: Nov. 29, 2018, 3:10 p.m.

While the city of Rockford expected to wrap up a long-term traffic project by the end of November, it may take a little longer to complete.

Construction on North Main Street is not quite finished after snowfall and cold weather have caused delays throughout the month.

A city spokesperson says crews have not found a day warm enough to install pavement markings, one of final steps needed for the road to open up completely.

The construction started in 2016 as part of a $32 million project.​ The upgrades cover around two miles, including a busy intersection of North Main Street and West Riverside Boulevard.

In addition to fixing up the roads, the project has fallowed for repairs of curbs, gutters, sidewalks and lighting. The initial timetable for completion was August 2019.

Rockford leaders hope the road will open up completely by Dec. 7. The city says there will be some minor daily lane closures next spring to touch up landscaping around some areas of North Main Street.