Bridge Closure

Dixon, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation announces today that weather permitting, construction work will begin on Monday, September 23, 2019 on the Avenue G / 12th Avenue bridge between Sterling and Rock Falls. ERA Valdivia Contractors, Inc. will be starting work on the $292,000 contract to make deck improvements to the bridge over the south branch of the Rock River.

The bridge will be closed to traffic for the duration of the project, with access to Lawrence Park only from the Sterling side of the river. Pedestrian access will be maintained from Sterling to Rock Falls. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-November.

Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.

For IDOT District 2 updates on Twitter, follow us at @IDOTDistrict2 or view area construction details on IDOT’s traveler information map on GettingAroundIllinois.com.






Recycling Center For Rock Falls Residents

Rock Falls Recycling Center, located at
2400 1st Avenue in Rock Falls, Illinois
will be open on the first and third Saturdays
of each month from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Beginning December 1st through April 1st 2020 the Center will only be open the 1st Saturday of each month

Items accepted:
Electronics-TVs, VCRs, DVD players, scrap metal,
Household Appliances – washers, dryers, refrigerators,
microwaves, car batteries, etc.

Items NOT accepted:
Petroleum/products containing petroleum, paint,
tires, bulk waste, furniture, pallets, etc.

*Bring a City of Rock Falls utility bill & photo ID for
verification of Rock Falls residence



City of Rock Falls Emerald Ash Borer Program

AshBorerThe Emerald Ash Borer has caused major destruction in Illinois by invading millions of Ash trees. The Ash, a typically resilient tree to the stresses of residential locations, is no match for the Emerald Ash Borer. The insect burrows in the tree right under its bark, effectively destroying its water and nutrient transporting tissues. Eventually, the Ash succumbs to starvation with no way to absorb its food source. Severe environmental and economic consequences are occurring as a result of Ash trees dying off across the Midwest. However, a plan to deal with the stressors of Emerald Ash Borer can mitigate the negative effects felt by a community.

In October 2015, the state of Illinois announced it will no longer restrict the movement of any cut, non-coniferous firewood within the state. This move was implemented because the EAB has been found in more counties within the state, making the pest too widespread to continue to regulate. Illinois joins Missouri, Iowa, and Kentucky in the deregulation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)

For more information, see the State’s PDF press release.

Do you have Ash trees on your property?

Help us inventory the city’s population of ash trees by reporting trees on your property. Email the team rockfalls.eab@gmail.com.