West bound lanes of Spring Creek to close

ROCKFORD – Saturday, the west bound lanes of Spring Creek Road will close as construction on the roadways adjacent sewer line resumes.

The lanes will be closed from Starkweather Road at the west end of Spring Creek to El Rancho Lane, near Eisenhower Middle School.

West bound traffic will be re-routed into the northerly most lane with two-way traffic through the work zone. The lanes will remain closed through June 10.

The city’s Public Works Department says that further traffic control measures will be provided throughout the duration of the work, expected to last late into the year.

The new sewer line will cost the city $9.8 million, far under its original estimated cost of nearly $17 million. The city is also doing a further $1.8 million in road resurfacing through 2018 as part of the project, and is spending $100,000 on engineering surveys and feasibility studies over a proposed bike path along Spring Creek Road.

The bike path was a last-minute addition to the project, one that was just days from beginning last year when citizens asked for a path to connect routes along North 2nd Street in Sinnissippi Park to the Spring Brook Road bike lanes. Third Ward Alderman and mayor-elect Tom McNamara and Fourth Ward Alderman Kevin Frost asked the city to delay work on the project to review the possible bike path.

But Tim Hanson, director of the Rock River Water Reclamation District, said that the construction schedules agreed upon could not be changed at the last minute, leading the city to a work around with the feasibility study being conducted in conjunction with the ongoing work.

Read more in the city’s 2017 Capital Improvement Program guide.

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