2004-2008 Capital Improvements plan introduced

The City of Rockford has announced its proposed $144 million Capital Improvements Program for the next five years.

The annual program, which includes an $8.5 million bond issue subject to voter approval at the March 16 primary election, is being reviewed by both the City Council Finance and Planning and Development committees.

“Maintaining healthy neighborhoods and commerce is essential for the future progress of Rockford,” said Mayor Doug Scott. “Over the past 22 years, we have invested approximately $340 million in rebuilding our streets, bridges, drainage, water and parking systems.”

Major arterial projects included in the CIP for 2004 include:

u Alpine Road (from Guilford to Highcrest)

u Auburn Street (from Harlem to Main)

u Cunningham Street (from Winnebago to Central)

u 9th Street (from Broadway to 23rd Avenue)

u Guilford Road (from Parkview to Rural)

u Halsted Road (from Searles to Rockton)

u Samuelson Road (from 20th St. to 35th St.)

u Sage Drive (from Riverside to Cardamon)

u Trainer Road (from Newburg to Grassridge)

u Clifton Avenue (from Montague to Michigan)

The 2004 program includes $5.2 million for residential street and alley improvements, $1 million for land acquisition and engineering for continued improvements on Harrison Avenue, from 11th Street to 20th Street, and from Alpine to Mulford, and $425,000 for engineering and land acquisition for the replacement of the Morgan Street Bridge.

The program for the coming year also includes more than $3 million for water system improvements and nearly $6 million for economic development projects funded through grants and TIF district revenue.

Voter approval of the March street referendum would add about $14 to the tax bill for a $100,000 home. A City Council vote on the CIP is expected within the next several weeks.

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