Old Settlers Days kicks off Thursday, June 15 in Rockton, and it always packs the town with fun for 4 days straight. The bad news is there's construction going on in Rockton right now, so here's the best way to deal with it on your way to OSD.

According to 23 WIFR, the Illinois Department of Transportation has demanded that a stoplight be put in at the intersection of Blackhawk Blvd and Main Street in downtown Rockton, and it's already causing congestion in downtown Rockton. In fact, downtown businesses are already feeling the hurt caused by the construction, and they are not happy about it. The temporary stoplights are supposed to be out of the intersection by the end of this summer, but they will pose a problem for patrons attending this year's Old Settlers Days.

Monique from Old Settlers Days was in studio this week and strongly urged that anyone coming to OSD this year should park at the Hononegah High School or Chemtool lots and use the free shuttle service to the festival.

Please note that Blackhawk Blvd (HWY 75) is under construction and is one lane on the bridge coming into Rockton from the West/South. We encourage you to allow a little extra time and to avoid this road, use Hwy 2 / Main Street / Rockton Road when possible.When coming from the west, use the detour onto Wagon Wheel Road to Hwy 2.

We may need to allow some extra time getting to the festival, but one thing I know for sure is the construction won't put a damper on the party happening there! See y'all in Rockton soon!

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