Due to emergency clean-up efforts following a large structure fire, the following downtown roads will be closed until further notice:
• Chestnut St. (US Business Route 20 EB) from Church St. to Wyman St.
• S. Main St. from Elm St. to Green St.
• S. Main St. (IL Route 2 NB) at Cedar St.
The detour route for S. Main IL Route 2 North traffic will be Morgan St. /College Ave. east to Kishwaukee St.; North on Kishwaukee St./3rd St. to Jefferson St., west on Jefferson St. returning to Wyman St. IL Route 2 North.
The detour route for Chestnut St. (US Business 20) eastbound will be S. Church St.(IL Route 2) south to Cedar St. east on Cedar St. to S. Main St., south on S. Main to Morgan St., east on Morgan St./College Ave. to Kishwaukee St.; north on Kishwaukee St. to Walnut St. (US Business 20 EB) .
Traffic remains open to the Rockford Park District Webbs Norman Center, BMO Harris Bank, and local downtown businesses. Road closures may change in and around the clean-up area. We urge local traffic to be aware as they maneuver through the downtown area.
Rockford Fire Department is on scene of a multi-alarm fire at the corner of South Main and Chestnut Street.
“We are sorry to see Rockford lose the historic Hanley Furniture building. The timing of this loss is especially saddening. We had expected to announce our redevelopment plan within the next month. The Rockford Fire Department’s efforts to save the building are greatly appreciated, as are the assistance from the Rockford Police Department and the City officials on site today,” said Jeff Orduno, Attorney for property owner, Hanley Lofts, LLC, and developer, Urban Equity Properties, LLC Source: WREX
Chestnut and Main Street next to the BMO Harris Bank Center. The old Hanley building is on fire. Avoid the downtown area if possible. More details will be posted as they become available.
From the Rockford Police
Avoid the downtown area around the BMO Bank Center. Rockford Fire Department in on scene of a large structure fire at Chestnut and Main St. Due to this, the following roads have been closed and will be for several hours.
Church southbound at State St
Chestnut eastbound at Court St.
Wyman southbound at State St.
All smaller side streets near this area are closed.
Motorists are advised to take alternate routes.