Rockford Main Street Resurfacing

Main Street by Roger Allen, publisher — September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

Are my seams straight?   Getting old has a bad rap. Baldness, bad health, indigestion, and achy joints: that’s the picture. I’m experienced in the old-age department and I know those things are part of it. But another bummer is under-appreciated: the older you get, the harder it is to find people who catch on to what you’re talking about. FDR is one of my heroes, but I’m no admirer of LBJ. For younger folks: some U.S. presidents, but not all, have been tagged with their initials. Two from decades ago are Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson. (How do you feel about JFK? Will we ever refer routinely to BHO?) The storage space in my office is like Fibber McGee’s closet. For younger folks: “Fibber McGee and Molly” was a popular weekly radio program in the 1930s and ‘40s. During every episode, Fibber would say he needed something out of the closet. Molly would yell, “Don’t!” just as Fibber swung open the door. For the next 30 seconds we’d hear the crashing sounds of Fibber’s junk falling out onto the floor. (Hilarious.) I see a run starting so I’d better cut my toenails. For younger folks: socks and stockings used to be part of the everyday uniform of every man and woman. It was a constant concern for women to keep their stockings un-snagged. A snag resulted in a vertical unraveling, called a “run,” regarded as unsightly. Knit fabrics (such as men’s socks) can still “run,” but nowadays we usually call any such damage a hole. (Those stockings women wore had seams up the back, another constant concern. They tended to slip off to the right or left, prompting the previous old question.  Back to the Future I watched the 1985 movie again and it illustrates how common knowledge changes constantly. (See above.) But I mention the movie mainly because it’s still really fun, 25 years later. (Recommended by me, 4 thumbs up.) That DeLorean car was the perfect vehicle to make Michael J. Fox’s name a household word and him a star. Help line Support: “Just call us back if there’s a problem. We’re open 24 hours.” Customer: “Is that Eastern time?” This could be true A woman who was removed from […]

Downtown Main Street Rockford gets new curb appeal

June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Just in time for Start of Summer festivities and the ensuing summer long celebration of the City’s 75th anniversary Rockford’s main drag, Main Street, received a much needed pavement renovation. With attendant curb and sidewalk restoration, where needed, Main Street was resurfaced from 10 Mile Rd. (Division St.) on the south, to just north of Courtland St. (Rocky’s). Working closely with the projects prime contractor, City Manager Michael Young believed the project moved smoothly and there was little disruption to the downtown business district. Primarily funded by Federal stimulus money, all work was completed in a timely fashion. If you’ve not been downtown in the past three weeks to notice, curb and sidewalk work (where needed) has been underway and on Friday, May21, the surface of the entire stretch of road was milled (removed) to a depth of 1-½ inches. Crack sealing of the subsurface ensued, which was followed by a tack coat sealant overlaid by a state-of-the-art polypropylene fabric known as Petromat. A new asphalt overlay, to grade, completed the roadway surface reconstruction. The key ingredient here, if you will, is the Petromat System. It becomes an integral part of the roadway forming a barrier to water infiltration and absorbing stresses to reduce fatigue cracking of the new asphalt surface layer. Petromat Systems have an outstanding record of improving pavement performance while at the same time reducing maintenance and roadway life-cycle costs. The corners of each intersection including 10 Mile Road, Maple Street, Bridge Street, and Courtland Street have newly poured concrete handicap accessible curb cuts to meet Federally mandated requirements. Sections of adjacent red brick pavers were repaired and rebuilt as needed. Pavement and parking stall striping completed the picture. Come downtown for a stroll, have a great meal, do some shopping and check it out. It looks great.