The City of South Beloit, Stenstrom Excavation & Blacktop Group and Fehr Graham began construction on Blackhawk Boulevard, Oak Grove Avenue and Donor Drive today in South Beloit, Illinois. A groundbreaking ceremony kicked off the road and sidewalk improvements, intersection signals, and stormwater systems to facilitate traffic flow for motorists and pedestrians, and improve stormwater drainage systems, avoiding potential floods.
Fehr Graham, a leading Midwest engineering and environmental firm with offices in Rockford, Freeport and Rochelle, completed civil engineering design for the project. Construction is expected to cost nearly $1.6 million and spur development in South Beloit. Stenstrom Excavation & Blacktop Group is the prime contractor on the project. South Beloit Mayor Ted Rehl gave opening remarks. “(Seeing so many parties) come together with no controversy ... all wanting the same thing to come out of this ... that is success," said South Beloit Mayor Ted Rehl. "So, that is what is exciting about this for me, as mayor.”
State Representative Joe Sosnowski, Illinois Department of Transportation District Two representatives Tony Baratta and Shawn Ortgiesen, Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney and Board Member David Boomer, South Beloit School District Superintendent Scott Fisher and city representatives all attended the event. “It’s really the local leadership, the mayor, commissioner, the city staff, really did a ton of work here bringing this project together working with our guys at the state," Sosnowski said. "Thanks for the help of the county board chairman the county board members. It’s really great seeing our community come together in partnership.”