Downtown Construction

The Downtown Construction Project at IL Route 171 (State Street) and Route 7 (9th Street), overseen by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), is intended to alleviate traffic congestion through downtown and heading toward and over the IL 7 (9th Street) high level-bridge. IDOT reports that segments of IL Route 7 and both sides of IL Route 171 have pressing safety improvement needs. As part of this project, the City is replacing water mains and water service laterals and installing new streetscaping. 

Project Improvements

  • Traffic signal replacement
  • Adding left turn lanes on IL 171 (State Street)
  • Reconstructing on-street parking
  • Providing new ADA compliant sidewalks and crossings within the project area
  • Utility relocations, water main replacement, and all water service lateral replacement between our main and plumbed into the buildings (water main replacement and water service lateral replacement are funded by the City)
  • Filling the old coal vaults that currently reside under the sidewalks as a safety measure for both pedestrians and building owners
  • Installing new streetscaping

Timeline 

IDOT completed pre-construction items in fall 2017. Pre-staging was completed in early 2018.
The project is currently in Stage 1 Construction. Below is a current schedule of project activity. 

Latest Updates

May 7, 2018 - D Construction has completed water main installation on the west side of State Street between 10th and 8th Street. After the main is properly tested, D Construction will begin installation of water services, gravity walls, and water meters.

State Street Reconstruction (from 8th Street to 10th Street)

Scheduled Start Milestone Major Work Scheduled Completion
2/19/2018 Pre-Staging Install temporary traffic signals
Install temporary lighting
Complete
3/26/2018 Stage 1
West Side
Water main installation
Sidewalk removal
Complete
5/7/2018 Stage 1 
West Side
Gravity wall installation (against buildings)
(Pedestrian walkway moved to parking lane)
6/1/2018
6/4/2018 Stage 1
West Side 
Curb and sidewalk preparation 6/11/2018
6/12/2018 Stage 1
West Side
Curb installation
Sidewalk installation
Roadway base installation
6/26/2018
6/27/2018 Stage 1
West Side
Electrical work
(Temporary traffic signals and lighting)
7/10/2018
7/11/2018   Flip traffic to west side 7/11/2018
7/11/2018 Stage 2
East Side
Water main installation
Sidewalk removal
9/4/2018
9/5/2018 Stage 2
East Side
Gravity wall installation (against buildings)
(Pedestrian walkway moved to parking lane)
10/2/2018
10/3/2018 Stage 2
East Side
Curb and sidewalk preparation 10/10/2018
10/11/2018 Stage 2
East Side
Curb installation
Sidewalk installation 
Roadway base installation
10/25/2018
10/26/2018 Stage 3 Roadway surface removal
Roadway surface installation
11/8/2018
11/9/2018 Stage 3 Pavement markings 11/15/2018
11/16/2018 Stage 3 Remove temporary traffic signals
Remove temporary lighting
11/22/2018
11/16/2018 Stage 3 Remove temporary traffic lanes 11/29/2018

IL 171 (State Street)

Scheduled Start Milestone Major Work Scheduled Completion
6/12/2018 Total Reconstruction Install sidewalks, planters, trees and plantings, 
railings, bicycle racks, trash receptacles, 
drinking fountain, clock, ornamental lighting, etc.
8/1/2019