Downtown Construction

The Downtown Construction Project at IL Route 171 (State Street) and IL 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 Route 7 (9th Street) high level-bridge and through downtown along State Street. 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.

  • 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
  • Adding various streetscape improvements

Watermain Replacement & Roadway Reconstruction

Scheduled Start Milestone Major Work Scheduled Completion
February 19, 2018 Pre-Staging Install temporary traffic signals
Install temporary lighting
Complete
March 26, 2018 Stage 1
West Side
Water main installation
Sidewalk removal
Complete
May 7, 2018 Stage 1 
West Side
Gravity wall installation (against buildings)
(Pedestrian walkway moved to parking lane)
Complete
June 4, 2018 Stage 1
West Side 
Curb and sidewalk preparation Complete
June 12, 2018 Stage 1
West Side
Curb installation
Sidewalk installation
Roadway base installation
Substantially Complete**
June 27, 2018 Stage 1
West Side
Electrical work
(Temporary traffic signals and lighting)
Complete
September 10, 2018*
  Flip construction to east side Complete
September 10, 2018*
Stage 2
East Side
Water main and water service installation Complete
October 1, 2018*
Stage 2
East Side
Gravity wall installation (against buildings)
Sidewalk removal
Complete
October 1, 2018*
Stage 2
East Side
Curb and sidewalk preparation Substantially Complete**
October 26, 2018* Stage 2
East Side
Curb installation
Sidewalk installation 
Roadway base installation
Substantially Complete**
November 9, 2018* Stage 3 Roadway surface removal
Roadway surface installation
June, 2019
November 1, 2018* Stage 3
Permanent Street Lighting 
Permanent Traffic Signals
June, 2019
November 16, 2018* Stage 3 Remove temporary traffic signals, striping
and lighting
June, 2019

State Street Streetscape

Scheduled Start Milestone Major Work Scheduled Completion
June 12, 2018 Total Reconstruction Install sidewalks, planters, trees and plantings, 
railings, bicycle racks, trash receptacles, 
drinking fountain, clock, ornamental lighting, etc.
June 13, 2019