Gov. Blagojevich awards $1.3 million
in bicycle path grants to downstate Illinois
Grants will help local communities
construct or make improvements to existing bicycle paths
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[NOV. 25, 2006]
SPRINGFIELD -- Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich awarded
more than $1.3 million in bicycle path grants this fall to four
communities in downstate Illinois to construct or make improvements
to existing bicycle paths. In total, more than $2.6 million was
awarded Sept. 29 to support 12 projects throughout the state.
"These projects will help to build on Illinois' already impressive
trail system," Blagojevich said. "Not only will the grants improve
the quality of life for residents in communities that are getting
new trails or updating existing trails, they'll also help make the
communities even more attractive to visitors."
"This funding will help construct and improve bike trails
throughout the Metro East area," said Rep. Jay Hoffman,
D-Collinsville. "The trail projects that are being supported will
give residents more alternatives for recreation and relaxation and
will make the area more attractive to visitors."
"We need to do everything we can to give local residents
additional recreational options," said Rep. Naomi D. Jakobsson,
D-Champaign. "The release of this grant will bring needed resources
into our area and help cyclists have more bike paths for
The Bicycle Path Grant Program is administered by the Illinois
Department of Natural Resources. The program reimburses local
governments up to 50 percent of the total of approved project costs.
Grant awards for bike path development projects are limited to a
$200,000 maximum. There is no limit for land acquisition projects.
Funding for the program comes from a percentage of motor vehicle
title transfer fees.
Application forms and additional information on the Bicycle Path
Grant Program are available by contacting the IDNR Division of Grant
Administration, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL, 62702-1271; by calling 217-782-7481, TTY
217-782-9175 or Ameritech relay 800-526-0844; or at
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Fiscal 2007 Bicycle Path Grant Program grants for downstate
District, Champaign County -- $200,000 to construct Phase I of
the Pipeline Trail. The 0.9-mile segment will intersect with two
proposed trails and Porter Family Park.
Madison County -- $200,000 to construct Phase I of the Six Mile
Prairie Trail. The 2.0-mile trail will connect to the existing
10.3-mile Madison County Transit District's nature trail.
Transit District -- $200,000 to construct 3.5 miles of trail,
which will connect the 5.5-mile Staunton-to-Worden trail and the
2.7-mile Quercus Grove-to-Hamel trail.
Transit District -- $200,000 to construct Phase I of the
Troy-to-O'Fallon trail. The 1.3-mile trail begins at the
Schoolhouse Trail in Troy and runs south to Troy Road.
Metro East Park
and Recreation District, Madison and St. Clair counties --
$576,600 to acquire 49 acres of land, which represents 9.5 miles
of the future Scott-Troy Trail. One 6.7-mile corridor begins at
Troy Road just north of interstates 55 and 70 and continues
south along an abandoned railroad line to Kyle Road in O'Fallon.
The other corridor, a 2.8-mile section, starts just south of
Loyet Road and travels southwest to California Street in
Collinsville. The two corridors connect at Loyet Road.
[News release from the governor's