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Routes 40, 251 on projects list

State releases 5-year construction plan

STERLING – Don’t like the quality of state Route 40 between Sterling and Milledgeville? Relief might be on the way.

The project is listed as part of the state Department of Transportation’s 2015-19 highway improvement program, which Gov. Pat Quinn unveiled Wednesday.

The question is, what year will the Route 40 project happen?

“There is an outside possibility it could be in the fiscal year 2014 program,” said John Wegmeyer, a Dixon-based project implementation engineer with IDOT. “It’s closer to the front end of the 5-year program than the back end.”

After the state completes that $3.6 million project, it will move to resurface the portion from Milledgeville to Chadwick, Wegmeyer said. The 5-year plan also includes the portion from Chadwick to Mount Carroll.

Chadwick resident Earl Cook said he’ll believe the state will improve Route 40 when he sees it.

“It’s in bad shape,” Cook said. “The road has been in this kind of shape for 25 years. They fix roads that aren’t in nearly as bad shape as 40.”

Wegmeyer said he’s fairly confident the project would get done.

“Theoretically, what’s in this 5-year program is what we have funds for,” he said. “It’s very rare those projects don’t get done, although they may not get done in the exact time frame.”

Also in the 5-year program is the resurfacing of the 8 miles of State Route 78 north of Morrison to the county line. That project is listed at $2.4 million, but Wegmeyer said it could end up costing close to $4 million with culverts and other work.

The 5-year plan’s biggest project in northwestern Illinois is the replacement of the U.S. Route 52 bridge over the Mississippi River in Savanna, which is expected to cost $72 million. That project is expected to take place in 2015 and 2016.

Also in the plan is $800,000 in maintenance for the U.S. Route 30 bridge in Fulton.

“That project right now is in the back end of the 5 years,” Wegmeyer said.

Another big project in the 5-year plan is the resurfacing of State Route 251 from Compton in Lee County to Rochelle in Ogle County, which is expected to cost $4.2 million.

A look at the plan

Some of the projects on the state Department of Transportation's 5-year plan:


• State Route 40: Resurfacing and drainage from Sterling to Milledgeville, $3.6 million.

• State Route 78: U.S. 30 west of Morrison to Carroll County line, $2.4 million.

• State Route 78: Bridge replacement on French Creek south of Morrison, $1.9 million.

• Black Road: Bridge rehabilitation and replacement at Rock Creek, $1.3 million.

• U.S. Route 30: Mississippi River bridge maintenance in Fulton, $800,000.


• State Route 251: Resurfacing from Compton to Rochelle, $3.4 million.

• U.S. Route 30: Culvert replacement, $1.6 million.

• Melugins Grove, Town Hall roads: Bridge replacement at ditches; $3.4 million.


• State Route 2: Culvert replacement from Beltline Road south of Rockford to north of River Road north of Byron, $4 million.

• State Route 72: Resurfacing from Stillman Road in Stillman Valley to west of Interstate 39, $2.4 million.

• State Route 251: Resurfacing from Winnebago County line to Rochelle, $4.5 million.


• U.S. Route 52: Replacement of Mississippi River bridge in Savanna, $75 million.

• State Route 40: Resurfacing from Mount Carroll to Chadwick, $2.7 million.

• Galena Street: Replacement of bridge over Carroll Creek northwest side of Mount Carroll, $1.6 million.


• Interstate 80: Resurfacing from east of State Route 40 to west of State Route 26, $17.6 million.

• State Route 26: Additional lanes and intersection reconstruction, curb and gutter for a tenth of a mile from Red Covered Bridge Road to Interstate 80, $3 million.

• State Route 40: Resurfacing from Interstate 380 to State Route 92, $3.2 million.


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