9th Street Two-Way Conversion

The structures and ramps of the current interchange at IL-251 & Whitman Streets are nearing the end of their lifetime. One bridge has already been removed and not replaced, and the 3rd Street (IL-251) bridge over 6th Street Ramp is estimated to have less than 5 years left of full structural capacity. The ramps are substandard and replacing them would require additional land acquisition. The City is proposing to remove the ramps and bridge and convert 6th Street, 9th Street, and Longwood Street to two-way traffic. The benefits include: better access from the west side of Rockford to East State Street and Swedish American Hospital, better bicycle/pedestrian access for the neighborhood from the east to the Rock River, and additional greenspace for development.

Current StatusPlanning
Lead AgencyCity of Rockford
Tentative Construction Letting DateSpring 2025
Estimated Project Cost$14,456,952
Funding SourceMFT Rebuild IL
Estimated Completion DateFall 2025