Commuters may consider different routes to travel as a road construction project on Illinois Route 2 and Latham Road north of Rockford is in full swing.
Latham Road west of Route 2 will be closed, effective today, for about three months.
The closure comes as a result of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) reconstruction of Illinois Route 2 north of Rockford. Latham Road traffic will detour around the construction closure on Rockton Road, Gleasman Road and Old River Road, according to an IDOT news release.
During the closure, existing roadway will be replaced with new pavement.
The Latham Road intersection has been a high-accident area for a number of years, said John Wegmeyer, IDOT project implementation engineer.
“By redoing the intersection, we’ll hopefully make that a much safer area to drive through,” he said.
Construction was contracted to the William Charles Construction Company of Loves Park, who offered the lowest bid of three contractors.
The construction is a $21 million project to expand Route 2 from two to four lanes from Elmwood Road to north of Latham Road, according to the news release. The project, which began last fall, is expected to wrap up by November 2013, Wegmeyer said.
“The project won’t be completed for two full construction seasons yet,” Wegmeyer said.
If all goes well this year, the contractor should have all four lanes installed across the road. However, some tasks, like resurfacing, will wait until next year.
To date, Wegmeyer said, the construction hasn’t infringed much on the existing roadway, but drivers should be vigilant as always when traveling along Route 2.
“We always encourage motorists...to just drive carefully through the area and be prepared to slow down,” Wegmeyer said.