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Note from the Mayor

Our annual Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) provides for significant investment in improving the City’s infrastructure. Recently, our Public Works Department presented the 2024-2028 plan, which is the largest proposed in City history. It utilizes $322 million of secured local and leveraged outside agency funds to improve the infrastructure in Rockford. In addition to being the largest 5-year plan in City history, this plan also proposes the implementation of the largest single year of construction to date in 2024.


Actual construction of these long-awaited projects next year will make an immediate impact to our aging roadway, bridge, sidewalk, stormwater, and water facilities. Implementing these projects will retain and bring many jobs to the area to help make this community build back infrastructure that transforms and grows a City, as well as assures safer travelled ways and reliable drinking water.


Highlights in the five-year plan include:

The Neighborhood Program proposes a new, additional Pavement Preservation Program, which addresses roadways before they fail and elongates their useful life. This investment utilizes only 10% of the program funds and can address almost 50% more roads.

The Capital Roadway Improvement Program will be reconstructing two large corridors: Madison Street (FY2023 encumbrance) and Whitman Street while prepping for 11″ Street and Alpine Road projects following close behind.
The Highway Structure and Bridge Repair and Replacement Program includes the replacement of multiple structures over the next five years, as well as major repairs to many others based on the recommendations of the biennial bridge inspection report.

The Stormwater and Drainage Program will finish the Alpine Dam Phase II project, while focusing on reviewing and updating the Stormwater Ordinance, as well as the Stormwater Master Plan.

The Maintenance Program is bigger than ever, as the CIP continues to focus on simply maintaining existing infrastructure. More than ever before, the City will be using a data driven approach to implement multiple different low-cost preventative treatment options for pavements as an alternative to the expensive resurfacing option which will optimize the roadway network’s overall pavement condition score.

The Sidewalks and Active Transportation Program will once again get a boost from the Workforce Development Program which provides quality sidewalk improvements while introducing young adults to the trade, as well as engineer for the federal funds received for the Highcrest Multi-Use Path and the Rockford Riverfront Path.
The Traffic Program continues to implement blocks of streetscape from the Downtown Strategic Action Plan. The blocks in front of BMO Harris Bank Center and Coronado Theatre are planned for 2024.

The Community Enhancement and Economic Development Program plans for construction of the $22 million complete streets revitalization project along Chestnut Street, Walnut Street, and 1st Avenue for a separated bicycle facility and streetscape in 2025, as well as multiple other projects strategically selected to help enhance the community and support economic development.

The Water Production Capital Improvement Program includes the construction of treatment plants, treatment addition to existing facilities, reservoir and tower maintenance, building maintenance, and filter vessel maintenance.
The Water Distribution Capital Improvement Program will continue to focus on prioritizing water main replacements based on risk assessment models that identify areas with the greatest replacement need as well as the continuation of the lead service line replacement program.

Highlights for 2024 implementation include:

Approximately 100 blocks of neighborhood street resurfacing and an additional 80 blocks of preservation
Approximately three miles of sidewalks
Whitman Street improvements
Winnebago/Court/Mulberry streets resurfacing
Lee Street reconstruction
Keith Creek hazard mitigation

Other projects for 2024 that have already been awarded:

Madison Street improvements
Alpine Dam Phase 2
Parkview Sidewalk
Mason Avenue reconstruction
East State Street widening

The plan will go to the full City Council for approval next week.


I’m proud of our Public Works Department for continuing to make monumental improvements in our community year after year.


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