West State Street to get a makeover

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Illinois Governor JB Pritzker made his way to Rockford to celebrate a rebuild Illinois project.

This project will start at the intersection of West State Street and Independence Ave. and travel several blocks this way to Day Ave.

This project is part of the Rebuild Illinois Plan that Pritzker signed last June, which is a $45 billion capital plan being used throughout Illinois. The plan for the $8 million West State Street improvement will include reconstructing and widening the road from two to four lanes, adding decorative lighting, a bicycle path and reconstructing sidewalk ramps so handicap people are able to use them.

"There is so much work still left to do but together we can build a state that truly serves as a beckon for families and business and good paying jobs. I know Rockford's future is right and I am very happy to be here with all of you today to celebrate this great future,” Pritzker said.

A timeline for the second phase of this project has not been announced yet but, it will provide hundreds of jobs to local companies.

A few other projects in the works include a passenger rail with service between Rockford and Chicago, replacement of several bridges and highway construction.