Macomb Bypass now open

Gov. Bruce Rauner joined Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn and local officials Friday to announce the opening of the Northwest Macomb Bypass. The bypass adds a new state highway, Illinois 336, just west of Macomb, improving local traffic flow while connecting western Illinois to a system of regional expressways and interstate highways linking to larger cities in Illinois and beyond.

“Infrastructure investments like the Macomb Bypass keep our great state positioned as the transportation hub of North America well into the 21st century,” Rauner said. “Achieving this longtime regional goal will help grow our economy faster, create more opportunities in surrounding communities and establish western Illinois as an integral part of the national transportation system.”

The bypass extends six miles, from U.S. 136 north to U.S. 67. It fulfills a longtime goal to build a route around downtown Macomb, shaving minutes off travel times and providing a way around stoplights and slower speed zones on U.S. 136 and U.S. 67 in the city. It is expected to also relieve the central business district of truck traffic, reducing congestion and minimizing wear and tear on local streets. &nbsp;&nbsp;<ahref=""><spanstyl... 13px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.</span></a></p>