Highway Improvements for Route 47 in Woodstock on Track

A press release from State Senator Pam Althoff:

IDOT assures Woodstock officials Route 47 project will move forward

The area where Route 47 improvements will occur.

Springfield, IL… Good news came from Springfield today on the long-awaited Route 47 project in Woodstock. State Senator Pamela Althoff (R-McHenry) and State Representative Steve Reick (R-Woodstock) hosted a group of public officials from the City of Woodstock in Springfield to meet with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).

Meeting participants included Secretary of Transportation Randy Blankenhorn, Mayor of Woodstock Brian Sager and members of the Woodstock City Council, State Senator Pamela Althoff, and State Representative Steve Reick.

Those representing the City of Woodstock say the meeting was a success and were encouraged by what IDOT had to say about the progress of the Route 47 project.

“Today, we heard two key points of good news from Secretary Randy Blankenhorn,” said Mayor Sager.

“First, IDOT informed us Woodstock Route 47 Phase 2 is funded and will move forward, even in a time when other IDOT projects are being halted. Secondly, Secretary Blankenhorn informed us it is his expectation that actual construction of Route 47 will move forward with the completion of a Federal or State capital bill. These are substantial new developments.”

From left around the table are Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager, someone I don’t know, IDO|T Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, State Senator Pam Althoff, and a man and woman I don’t know.

As part of preparing for the Phase 2 work on Route 47, IDOT representatives and the City of Woodstock are working to make final design updates as part of continuing public input from residents and businesses.

During the meeting, Blankenhorn expressed the importance of the Route 47 project and said it is one of the department’s top priorities.

Woodstock officials were also told they are ahead of the game and are doing exactly what is needed to be done to ensure the project’s movement.

“I was happy to have representatives from the City of Woodstock here today to discuss an issue that is so important to Woodstock and McHenry County,” said Sen. Althoff.

“Route 47 improvements will enhance public safety, support economic development, and reduce congestion.”

More information on the Woodstock Route 47 project can be found here.


Highway Improvements for Route 47 in Woodstock on Track — 9 Comments

  1. Can you say election cycle!

    Pam must have worked her magic since she is supporting a Republican that backed out from being a committeeman to support Franks.

    I see her trying to hand the reins to Sager.

  2. And Jack Franks was in office for 18 of them with a Democratic governor from 2003-2015.

  3. Wow! Great news! Does this mean that they will finally install permanent traffic signals at Route 47 and Country Club Rd?

    Our politicians should be so proud of themselves, starting a new project on a stretch or road even before the old one (started HOW MANY YEARS AGO?)is finished.

    Worthless morons

  4. So if you don’t have to go through Woodstock, I’d avoid it.

    This is going to be a disaster for a few years.

    Imagine how bad 47 is now.

    Now imagine it under construction…

    The good news is once it’s done, things should be decent.

    The bad news is it will probably take 2-3 generations for residents to figure out how to use a roundabout.

  5. yeah how about taking care of the CL citizens first oh concerned Pammie… !

    where is IDOT project which is not on their website to be done on CL Ave and East Street?

    where is the mention of the extension of the Burm to be put up on the Other Side of the RR known as the west side of CL ave

    Track when is that going to take place as was conveyed to all a few years back when the first piece went in

    now we will have over 2,000 vehicles traveling on that street w/o anything except trains barreling in and a que up on the tracks!

    while they try to make left hand turns into the WCC Business doors!

    where is this I see nothing mentioned on IDOT’s site that was to take place ?????

    Do something instead of us Tax Paying Citizens constantly having to do all your jobs!

  6. Sager and Althoff …. two boo-birds of a stinking feather.

    At least Sager had the decency to resign from the GOP!

  7. Unless there is TV and News crew around to get pic in paper nothing matters…

    even in their own back yard…

    despicable just another reason to MOVE!

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