Macomb Bypass

Two Lanes Now, Two Later
5:45 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

State Will Begin Paving Macomb Bypass

Tom Oakley and Governor Pat Quinn hold a CKC road sign signifying the Chicago to Kansas City Expressway. Oakley has long advocated for an improved highway system through western Illinois.
Credit TSPR's Jonathan Ahl

Governor Pat Quinn Friday released $35 million of state money to begin paving the Macomb Bypass that will route drivers northwest of town.

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Work Will Soon Begin
6:22 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

More Money for Macomb Bypass

Credit Rich Egger

Illinois has released $32.9 million to pay for the next phase of the Macomb bypass.

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WIRC Study
1:12 am
Thu May 9, 2013

The Impact of Highway Bypasses

Credit Western Illinois Regional Council

Highway bypasses have been built around some western Illinois communities and more are coming. A grant from IDOT will allow the Western Illinois Regional Council to study the impact of those bypasses.

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Regional Summit in Macomb
7:06 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Transportation Advocates Push for Capital Bill

Illinois lawmakers are sure to hear next year from transportation advocates who say the state needs a new capital bill to pay for transit projects and boost the economy.

The case was made August 22 by the Transportation for Illinois Coalition, which held a regional summit in Macomb. The Coalition is made up of business and labor representatives as well as politicians of both major parties.

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Annexation Talks
7:15 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Macomb Looks to Grow West

Mayor Mike Inman
Rich Egger

Macomb is in talks with BNSF that could help the city expand. The plan is to annex the railroad's right-of-way westward to the future site of the Macomb bypass.

“Our primary goal is to take advantage of those folks willing to come in that are businesses -- commercial developments -- that bring sales tax revenue in to the city,” said Mayor Mike Inman.

He said the annexation might also increase the city's population base, though he feels that would be “icing on the cake.”

Inman said Macomb and BNSF have been in negotiations for the better part of a year.

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Next Phase of Route 336
5:30 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

Groundbreaking For Macomb Bypass

IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider at the podium during the groundbreaking ceremony

Work will begin Thursday, July 5 to build a bridge that will carry Route 136 traffic over the future Route 336. The project is the beginning of the Macomb Bypass.

Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider came to the area for the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place on a hot and humid afternoon in a grassy field just west of Macomb. Schneider was joined by politicians, labor leaders, city and county workers, and others.

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