Neighbors Learn More About North Main Construction

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ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- We'll soon have to adjust our routes when driving through parts of northwest Rockford, as the city plans to give some roads a multi-million dollar major facelift.

It's a three-year headache, most people are willing to deal with. Construction on North Main street is underway, and for Ed Leach, it's much needed.

"You drive up and down the street, you see so much improvement at the round-a-bout at Main and Auburn. Then it returns to it's deteriorated state a couple blocks north of there," said Leach.

The 32 million dollar project covers about two miles, from north main, to riverside. Electrical work is already being done in certain areas. I-DOT says to expect to drive down one lane each way in the months to come. Engineers hosted and open house to answer any questions neighbors and business owners may have.

"People will need to plan and give themselves a few extra minutes to get through. Have a little patience for everybody else who's trying to get through also," said Engineer John Wegmeyer.

12th Ward Alderman John Beck thinks upgrading the crumbling roads, will bring a much needed economic boost to northwest Rockford.

"You can tell by just driving up and down the road. It's old, it's tired. The frontage is just empty buildings, old buildings. Broken sidewalks. Lots of utility poles. So, we're going to have a whole new look," said Beck.

Although it'll cause folks to change their travel routes until August of 2019, most agree driving down a brand new road, will be well worth the wait.

It's been a long time coming, but it think it's great. It's going to much improve the visibility, the appearance of the city of Rockford as people come in from out of town," said Leach.

The project will also focus on repairing curbs, gutters, sidewalks and lighting.

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