Summer road projects improve northern Winnebago County


Box culvert stock photo: Jones & Sons Concrete & Masonry Products

The Winnebago County Highway Department has announced $6 million in summer road projects. County Engineer Carlos Molina gave us details on the three projects in the northern part of the county.

Resurfacing Prairie Hill Road between Illinois 2 and Illinois 251

The resurfacing on Prairie Hill Road, a boundary between South Beloit and Rockton which crosses Dorr Road, will affect traffic to many businesses, such as South Beloit High School and Bravo's Pizza. Molina says they plan to accept bids in late spring or early summer, with construction during the summer. Estimated cost: $900,000.

Culvert replacement on Yale Bridge Road over Sugar Crek

Bids were received in January to replace the existing box culvert on Yale Bridge Road at Sugar Creek.  Sugar Creek is about 1.25 miles east of the Sugar River, between Hauley and Cannel roads. The winning contractor, Sjostrom & Sons, will start work in mid April. Molina says the Federal share will be $320,000 and the Winnebago County share will be $130,000. Total cost: $450,000.

Replacing two box culverts east and west of Illinois 2 on Gleasman Road

One box culvert is between Rockton Ave and IL Route 2. The other one is east of Old River Road and the Atwood Homestead Forest Preserve, by the railroad overpass near the Prairie Ridge subdivision. Molina says bids will be received on April 29, with construction in the summer and fall. The Federal share would be $784,000 and the Winnebago County share would be $196,000. Estimated cost: $980,000.

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