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Ill. 2 reopens from Oregon to Grand Detour

After nearly seven months, work on Ill. 2 from Grand Detour to Oregon is over, and the northbound detour was scheduled to be removed Oct. 25, 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.

The project is 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 Ill. 2 bridge over Silver Creek, three miles north of Oregon, was completed.

The last major project in the area was a $28 million project to widen and improve Ill. 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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