WOODSTOCK – Illinois Department of Transportation representatives assured Woodstock officials who traveled to Springfield this week that the Route 47 project will forge ahead.
State Sen. Pam Althoff, R-McHenry, and State Rep. Steve Reick, R-Woodstock, met with Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager and members of the Woodstock City Council on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing Route 47 project with representatives from the Illinois Department of Transportation, including Secretary of Transportation Randy Blankenhorn, according to a news release from Althoff and Reick.
IDOT plans to widen about 5 miles along Route 47 between Charles Road and Route 14 to allow for two lanes of traffic in each direction, separated by a raised curb median.
Transportation officials said phase two of the project is funded and will move forward, even at a time when other projects are being halted. Blankenhorn said the Route 47 project is one of the department’s top priorities, according to the release.
“Secretary Blankenhorn informed us that it is his expectation that actual construction of Route 47 will move forward with the completion of a federal or state capital bill,” Sager said. “These are substantial new developments.”
IDOT representatives and Woodstock officials are working to make final design updates as part of the second phase, as residents and businesses continue to provide input and feedback.
“I was happy to have representatives from the city of Woodstock here today to discuss an issue that is so important to Woodstock and McHenry County,” Althoff said. “Route 47 improvements will enhance public safety, support economic development and reduce congestion.”