Turn lane project underway near Midwest Medical Center.Hospital expansion continues on time and budget.

GALENA, IL—Midwest Medical Center (MMC) announces that the center entrance and US 20 turn lane improvements on Highway 20 in front of the hospital are underway. According to consulting engineer MSA Professional Services, Inc., project completion impacting traffic along US 20 is estimated to be the middle of November, weather permitting. The final seeding and punch list for project completion will be Spring 2024.

A notice of construction with the following tentative schedule was provided to hospital officials on Friday, September 1.

Sept 5 Mobilization Fischer Excavating (Contractor) began mobilizing equipment and materials to the site.
Sept 5-8 Pre-Stages Replace a storm sewer culvert across US 20 near Norris Lane 1-Lane/Flaggers


Sept 11-Oct 6 Phase 1 Highway widening starting at the west side; Norris Lane & new MMC entrance 1 Lane / Flaggers


Oct 9-27 Phase 2 East side widening & Golf View 2 Lanes / Lane Shifts
Oct 30-Nov 10 Phase 3 Final Asphalt Overlays remain open to traffic but will be temporarily gravel surfacing/striping 1 Lane / Flaggers


Spring 2024 Completion Final Seeding & Punch List All Lanes Open

The notice of construction also notes, “US 20/IL 84 will be reduced to one lane of traffic, with daytime flaggers, during some phase of construction activities. Motorists should expect minor delays. IDOT has been notified and wide loads are restricted during construction and advance warning signs are in place. Access to Golf View Drive and W. Norris Lane will be temporary gravel surfacing at times. Lane closures, lane shifts, and traffic control will be monitored throughout construction.

Traffic control devices will be installed for your safety, and we ask that all drivers be courteous and obey all traffic control and work zone speed limits. We also ask that drivers be aware of construction equipment and activities, and please exercise safety in and around construction zones.”

Turn lane construction had been planned to begin in July but was continually postponed due to delays in utility relocation by three of the four utilities. Midwest Medical Center would like to thank Jo Carroll Energy for their timely response and quick turnaround.

“This project has been a priority for Midwest Medical Center since 2006, and we are very pleased to see it happening. We will be even more excited when it is complete,” noted Tracy Bauer, President and CEO.

The turn lane project is estimated at $3 million dollars, paid by Midwest Medical Center.

Facility expansion continues

On the hospital campus at One Medical Center Drive in Galena, construction continues on the facility expansion, which is primarily focused on outpatient services. Current progress includes completing and waterproofing the foundation walls. Masonry started this past week on the new stair towers.

Market & Johnson, project managers, report that the project is currently on schedule and on budget. The 46,669-square-foot expansion will include an expanded rehabilitation and wellness center, indoor walking/running track, new rehab and wellness gym, 24/7 access fitness center, a new cardiac rehab department, an expanded behavioral health suite, and four new infusion bays. The new expansion is expected to have phased completion by May 2025.

Midwest Medical Center is a not-for-profit Illinois Critical Access Hospital. It serves the communities in northwestern Illinois, southwestern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa through its health clinics, hospital and emergency care, fitness and rehabilitation center, and senior care—assisted living and nursing home.

For more about this event or Midwest Medical Center, visit MidwestMedicalCenter.org.

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