State, Regional and Local Officials Break Ground on Macomb Bypass
Project Designed to Increase Economic
Development, Create Four-Lane Highway Carrying IL 336 Around
MACOMB – Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider
today joined state, regional and local dignitaries in Macomb to
break ground on the Macomb Bypass project, connecting the
four-lane IL 336 expressway to the US 67 expressway north of
Macomb. The project is funded by Governor Pat Quinn’s Illinois
Jobs Now! program and is designed to increase economic
development and travel options in western Illinois.
“This project will create jobs, increase economic
opportunities for the region, and improve connectivity,” said
Secretary Schneider. “We are excited to break ground on the
Macomb Bypass and look forward to seeing the benefits this
project will provide.”
The $4.5 million project is designed to create a new
four-lane divided highway carrying IL 336 around the northwest
side of Macomb, to complete the Illinois portion of a
Chicago-Kansas City expressway utilizing parts of four-lane
freeways and expressways across northern Illinois. The route (IL
336) will extend from US 136 on the west edge of Macomb to the
north and east to tie into US 67, north of Hospital Road.
The new bypass roadway will provide a modern highway from the
west outskirts of Macomb to US 67. The project begins the final
link in a series of actions connecting western Illinois and the
communities of Quincy, Macomb, Monmouth, Galesburg and other
areas of northern and central Illinois.
Among other benefits, the new road will improve travel
efficiency and highway conditions by reducing downtown traffic
and congestion in Macomb, reducing through-truck traffic in
Macomb, and reducing travel time for motorists that do not begin
or end their trips in Macomb.
Today’s groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site where a
bridge will be built, carrying IL 136 (Jackson St.) over the
future IL 336 just west of Macomb. This portion of the project
is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2013.
Also as part of the overall project, a new bridge carrying
Adams Street over the future IL 336 is scheduled to be completed
by the end of September.
Grading work for the future IL 336 route could begin by