Online public meeting Nov. 17 for Illinois 2 corridor study

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

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The Illinois Department of Transportation will hold an online public meeting at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 17, for the Illinois 2 corridor improvement study in Ogle and Winnebago counties. The meeting will be held via Zoom and registration is required to attend.

The study is examining transportation needs and solutions for the corridor, which starts at Illinois 72 in Byron and extends 10.5 miles to Beltline Road south of Rockford.

The scope of the project includes:

  • Safety improvements along the Illinois 2 corridor
  • addressing existing geometric deficiencies and roadside hazards
  • Improving travel time along the corridor with a growing population
  • Enhancing adjacent recreational facilities
  • Protecting existing environment and scenic values along the corridor

The purpose of this online public meeting is to share information on the status of the preferred design from the study phase and gather public input.

A formal presentation will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a questions and answers with IDOT representatives and the project team.

Feedback will be collected until Dec. 8, and meeting materials and recording will be posted on the project webpage. An online available form will be provided from Nov. 17 to Dec. 8.

Project plans and handouts will also be available for in-person viewing until Dec. 8 at the Byron Public Library, 100 S Washington St.

Over the next six years, IDOT is planning construction on more than 2,500 miles of highway and nearly 10 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program. Accomplishments through year three of Rebuild Illinois included about $8.6 billion of improvements statewide on 4,422 miles of highway, 412 bridges, and 621 additional safety improvements.

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