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IDOT planning major road projects for Rock Falls corridors

Dixon Avenue and Third Avenue rebuilds also on the schedule

Road construction sign, low angle view
Road construction sign, low angle view

ROCK FALLS – Plans are in the works for three major road projects, including state Route 40 and U.S. Route 30 corridor work the city has requested for many years.

The Illinois Department of Transportation, which is responsible for work on the city’s stretches of highways, is in the preliminary stages of planning the corridor work.

“We’re working on the engineering with the goal that when funds become available we’ll be ready to put the project out for bidding,” IDOT engineer Becky Marruffo said.

IDOT hasn’t completely ruled out doing the work this summer, but the timeline depends on the state’s budget priorities.

Concerns lodged by some property owners in the areas helped to put the project back on IDOT’s radar.

The Route 40 intersection work will extend to the Hennepin Canal area of the road, ending north at 16th Street. The U.S. 30 project area is a block west of Lindy Avenue and east to the canal.

The city also expects construction to begin in summer 2020 on an estimated $1.2 million project on Third Avenue.

“It will be a complete rebuild and widening of the road from West Second Street to First Avenue, including new sidewalks, curb and gutter,” City Administrator Robbin Blackert said.

Money for the Third Avenue work will come from the city’s local option sales tax revenues.

The city must provide a 20 percent match for another project planned for 2021. An area of Dixon Avenue extending from the west side of the bridge to First Avenue will be completely rebuilt, at an estimated cost of $1.5 million. Extensive work was done on the bridge a couple of years ago.

“This would be a federal aid project – they give us the money and then we provide the match,” Blackert said.

The city’s match would come from the state motor fuel tax.

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