Rockford gets millions for downtown renovations, could add more with federal grant

May 28, 2020

ROCKFORD (WREX) — Downtown Rockford could look a lot different in the near future. Millions of dollars have been ear-marked for improvements in that area.

For years, local leaders say downtown Rockford has been living in the past.

“These roads were set up four lanes across to essentially, not just for commuting traffic at peak times, but to move freight and in out of our downtown,” Michael Dunn, the Executive Director of the Region One Planning Council, explained.

The roads he was referring to are Jefferson and Chestnuts Streets. Dunn said those roads also pose speed and safety risks and it’s time to make some changes. He says that’s because now, downtown has a night scene, apartments, and businesses.

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