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IDOT: Route 2 work in Ogle County finishes ahead of schedule

OREGON – After nearly 7 months, work on state Route 2 from Grand Detour to Oregon is over, and the northbound detour will be removed Thursday, the Illinois Department of Transportation said in a news release.

Martin & Co. Excavating finished the work ahead of schedule, the release said.

The $6 million project began April 2, and included resurfacing the 10-mile stretch and repairing the Grand Detour bridge over the Rock River, as well as four others. It’s part of a decade of effort by IDOT to maintain and improve the heavily traveled roadway.

Last summer, a nearly $300,000 project to rehabilitate the Route 2 bridge over Silver Creek, 3 miles north of Oregon, was completed.

In summer 2012, the Route 2 bridge over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway tracks just south of Oregon was replaced, at a cost of $3.9 million, and a 3-mile section from the south edge of Oregon to Castle Rock State Park and a 1.4 mile section through the park were resurfaced, for about $438,000.

The last really big project in the area was a $28 million project to widen and improve Route 2 from Oregon to Byron, which began in 2009 and was completed in fall 2011.

It included straightening a portion of the state highway just south of Byron, adding passing zones and turn lanes, building retaining walls and installing culverts and extra guardrails.

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